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The Princeton name alone has always been beneficial.Psychology
The Princeton name alone has always been beneficial.
However, the environment teaches much. Among them - humility. Virtually all Princeton students were superstars in more than one area in high school - out of 22 in our group freshman year, there were two high school all-american athletes (one of whom was also a valedictorian), four other valedictorians, a kid who had 1480 on his SAT's and kicked 55-yard field goals, and the list goes on and on.Academically, the school is fantastic, and you do get alot of attention from the faculty, even those with international reputations.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The social life at Princeton is dominated byBrightArt & Design Department
The social life at Princeton is dominated by the eating clubs, which are a combination of country club and sorority/fraternity. The town offers very little to college students, though very safe and clean.

I've had excellent teachers here that excited me in the course subjects and terrible classes in which the material studied was crappy and the professor's lectures consisted of worming his theories into the minds of students. Some departments are well-funded while the programs and smaller departments are not. Anyone who is interested in the arts (performing, visual, etc.) should think carefully before enrolling, as resources for the arts are fewer than those at other similar universities (Yale, for instance). Too many students here are quietly taking antidepressants, drinking too much, or resigned to being unhappy with the academic side of their college experience. Perhaps these aspects are true for most other universities as well, but Princeton's polish and prestige may mask the more disturbing aspects of campus life to those outside its walls.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2003
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Surrounding City: F
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Though a little worn down, Princeton students neverQuite BrightReligion/Religious
Though a little worn down, Princeton students never stop. Day and night and through the next day, Pton students write, read, and hang out. There's always something new to finish, so study time is always broken by study breaks in order to keep us all happy. Students learn to manage their time well here, but it's a general understanding that as soon as you finish, there's more, so don't forget to take breaks (and eat at meal times) and meet with your friends. I've made several very close friends this past year, and at the same time, several large leaps in academic ability and confidence. At first I took easier courses, but now I feel like I'm challenging myself to my limits. The student body was a strange mass to get used to, but now I'd never leave. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to change what's around you instead of "getting sucked in" as many public school city kids like myself are worried about in entering ivys like Princeton. I'm now studying religion, a topic I abhored in high school, and it is intellectually exciting to the point that I'm looking into grad schools this month. I wasn't a super kid when I applied here, but I feel like I'm on my way now. Above all: the work is heavy BUT you don't have to come prepackaged to be able to do it. I learned when I got here, and there are plenty of university resources (writing center, science/math study halls, study skills workshops) to teach you after you get here. All you have to worry about is having the right ingredients, Princeton will make you into the cake. Feel free to email me with questions!
1st Year Female -- Class 2004
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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