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Super BrilliantMechanical Engineering
Princeton's campus and academics are great.
1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: A-
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The administration really cares.Super BrilliantComputer Engineering
The administration really cares. All my professors have been very helpful and approachable, holding extra offices hours, meeting with us for coffee, etc. President Bush's ex-economic advisor who is my econ 100 professor eats lunch in my dining hall with students several times a week. Lectures are interesting and applicable. If you care about grades more than learning and being intellectually stimulated, you shouldn't come here because it is hard and you will get discouraged by your classmates' brilliance. Moving on to the topic of the student body... everybody here is really nice. Nobody talks about grades and people that are overly competative are socially shunned. The admissions department does a good job of selecting interesting applicants, with the result that spontaneous philosophical and intellectual conversations abound. Finally, you might hear that Princeton has a drinking problem; that's not true. We probably have a better time than the other ivy league schools, but it's definitely tame compared to the average college experience. Don't be turned off by stories of the eating clubs or our preppy stereotype. Being preppy is more of a tradition around here, people continue it for fun on events like lawnparties. Also, the eating clubs all have different attitudes and there's a sufficient variety of non club options like the 4 year collges or co-ops. Don't whine about the small town and campus life being boring; you're not being creative or open enough to new ideas. To conclude, Princeton is the best school in the world! Never would I regret going here. I'm getting superior academic training in a gorgeous environment with faculty, staff, and administrators that care about me personally.
1st Year Female -- Class 2010
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C+
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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.

Male -- Class 2000
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