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Don't expect anything from Princeton - let itQuite BrightLanguage - French/Spanish/etc.
Don't expect anything from Princeton - let it surprise you, positively or negatively. Whatever you expect is not what it will be.

No, there are really few shining geniuses here. Environment isn't competitive, at least not in most departments. Kids come here and tend to start imitating each other in style--the polo shirts, the J.Crew, the Banana, the pink chinos, etc.--as well as mindset. This isn't a politically-active campus. I feel like I live in a bubble. People claim to be liberal, but I'm sure their parents aren't. My reason for coming here? THE NAME ON THE DIPLOMA. Not the education itself. Other universities--particularly the larger state schools--have far superior student facilities. Princeton doesn't need to offer such amenities to entice students to come here, so bear that in mind.

4th Year Female -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A, Surrounding City: F
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Princeton has amazing things about it.Super BrilliantEconomics
Princeton has amazing things about it. Firstly, the academics are the best on the planet. I could never have received a better education, I think. The location too was impeccable. Sure it's not in a city, but its nestled in a nice place where you can study with no distraction. Also, the campus is beautiful and it looks exactly how I imagined college would look. The bad things are there too. I am from the south, Virginia, to be exact, and it seemed scary that almost every student I met was from the south, and tons were from Virginia. It seemed liked the school was full of southerners, not to say we are bad but the school was quite conservative. The school is not very diverse and has an extremely homogeneous student population. Also, the eating club system should be revamped. That was the worst part about Princeton. The eating clubs are everything they sound like, elitist, snobby and exclusive. I saw many a situation where students from rich families would form an eating club and would not allow in virtually anyone from a poor minority family. That disgusted me. Also, a boy who I looked up to while I was growing up, a boy who was the best at everything, didn't get into the eating club he wanted to get into, and he was depressed for the rest of his time. Also, another sad thing was that everyone can be in an eating club, there are less posh ones that you can just sign up for, and don't have to "bicker" to get in. The sign up eating clubs are the poor kids and minorities. That too was depressing. Basically, the school lives up to the title of being the "northernmost southern school". If I could choose my college again, I would choose a place that's a bit more liberal and diverse. I would probably choose Stanford or Yale.
4th Year Male -- Class 2001
Campus Maintenance: A, Social Life: C-
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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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