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This is going to be a very candidBrightOther
This is going to be a very candid comment about Princeton; Princeton may seem prestigious from the USNews Rankings, but I will try to attempt to paint a holistic view of this institution.

Academics--I feel as if the academics are below par from what I expected. Classes are absolutely enormous, and personal attention is definitely lacking. Furthermore, from all of my professors, only two of them have been good teachers. I came from an elite private school, and I decided to major in pre-med freshmen yr. Big mistake! The premed students here are extremely competitive, snooty, and would care about their grades more than helping you. The stories you heard about people tearing out sheets from books in libraries definitely rings a bell here. I got a C- in my chem class. Instead of studying, people resort instead to beat the system, ie, getting past exams, cheating, etc. I have found the public policy department to be more relaxed than the science department here.

Social Life- The social life here is rather mundane. Princeton is not a very pleasant town. One of my friends was robbed at gunpoint when she was a freshmen. While rare, there is some danger here. The town extremely dangerous and unreceptive to Princeton students. The clubs here are extremely sketchy; students can obtain alcohol in the sketchy bars off campus. Instead of intellectualism people are more concerned about looking/acting cool. Most people are into hard drugs and who can chug the most alcohol. People in my dorm have been rushed to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Thirdly, there is a lot of depression here. People attempt to hide it, but it is pretty self evident. Students can be phony here. Frats and sororities dominate the social life. I pledged a sorority but deactivated because all people cared about was how drunk people got, who hooked up with who, what bars people are going off campus, etc,etc. The valley girl delineation is clearly apparent here. In addition, dateable guys are few. Most are hideous looking.All in all, I should have picked a school that is more balanced with quality academics and better teachers.

4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Collaboration/Competitive: C, Individual Value: F
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I transferred after two years.Quite BrightEnglish
I transferred after two years. I just never felt at home here even though I grew up nearby. The school into itself, as are the students and staff. i ended up graduating from a smaller school in Vermont that is known for its excellent writing program. i was much happier. This might be the right school for some people, but not for me.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2009
Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: F
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So many people come here just for theNot so brightCommunications
So many people come here just for the name recognition. They want to wear the ugly orange sweatshirt and say they went to Princeton. There is a distinct culture of exclusivity here that will never change, no matter how many first ladies write theses about lack of diversity. Princeton is very hard to get in to, but once you are here, you don't have to work as hard as you did in high school (unless you are a math/engineering major). I wish i had gone to a smaller school where I could feel like the professors and administration really cared about me. Ultimately, a waste of money.
4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Campus Aesthetics: A, Scholastic Success: B-
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