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Well we just edged out Harvard in theEnglish
Well we just edged out Harvard in the US News rankings, so that's cool. Not that those things should be given substantial weight, but after having gone through my first year at Princeton, I can say with great conviction that it is, in fact, the #1 school in the nation.

That being said, you're gonna have to work. I mean, really work. And grade deflation sucks. But unlike high school, I have found that I am truly invested in what I'm doing.. and this makes all the difference in the world. I know many schools boast about their "world class" professors, and I'm also aware that there are many good ones out there. BUT, where else does every single undergraduate get a chance to work— one-on-one —with an accomplished professor on their own research? The thesis is the capstone of your Princeton education, and from what I hear, it's an experience that never leaves you.

Don't be scared or turned off by the social scene. After being here, I can now laugh at some of the stories I heard coming in about how dreadfully awful the eating clubs were. Yes, like all Ivies, there are prep school kids here. Yes, people wear Polos. But almost every kid I've met here, beyond whatever exterior they may have, is extremely talented and also pretty down-to-earth. It's a very humbling crowd... let's say.I can't believe I only have 3 years left... freshman year went by in a blink. I can't wait to get back on campus and to all of you considering Princeton, I bid thee good luck and I applaud your decision! I feel very, very priveledged to be a Princeton student--its an opportunity that if given, you'd be downright silly to pass up.

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Incredible school.Quite BrightPublic Policy
Incredible school. Incredible people. Truly enriching - may not have been my first choice at the time but after being here for a while, I can firmly say I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Pretty sure it's the best undergraduate education this world has to offer.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2019
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: A
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Of course you can't base your choice entirelyBrightEngineering Department
Of course you can't base your choice entirely on rankings, but it's no coincidence that Princeton is the #1 school according to U.S. News & Rankings. Here, the focus is on undergraduates, while at other Ivy League schools, such as Harvard and Yale, more emphasis is placed on graduate students. The engineering department is unparalleled. Professors are collaborative, approachable and most importantly, caring. No where else do undergraduate students have the privilege of working side-by-side with Nobel Laureates and field experts. The camps is beautiful, the food is good (no rave reviews here), and the dorms are like palaces. There is so much pride at Princeton; I can look around the campus and know that everyone here truly wants to be here. Financial Aid is excellent. Basically, if you're qualified, Princeton will find a way to pay for you. The administration runs smoothly.

With demanding school work, tons of extra curricular activities, and a tremendous sense of community at the school, it's easy to not leave campus for weeks at a time. Students tend to forget that NYC is just as hour away. If you tire of eating clubs, you can always escape to NYC for the weekend. It's a wonderful school. Best in the nation.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2010
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