Princeton University: Narrative Description

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Princeton, NJ 08544-1019
Tel: (609)258-3000
Admissions: (609)258-3062
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1746. Setting: 600-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. Endowment: $8.4 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $187.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $29,979 per student. Total enrollment: 6,836. Faculty: 1,052 (799 full-time, 253 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 5:1. 13,695 applied, 13% were admitted. 94% from top 10% of their high school class, 99% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 4,678 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 123 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 75 other countries, 85% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 0% 25 or older, 98% live on campus. Retention: 98% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton Theological Seminary. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/2, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/4, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $65. Comprehensive fee: $38,297 includes full-time tuition ($29,910) and college room and board ($8387). College room only: $4315. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 250 open to all; eating clubs. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,535 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library plus 14 others with 7 million books, 6.4 million microform titles, 44,634 serials, 522,790 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $40.8 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Numerous historical events have taken place at Princeton since the time of its founding in 1746. The first state legislature met here in 1776, as well as in 1873; the Continental Congress Sessions were held here. Princeton is 50 miles southwest of New York City and 45 miles northeast of Philadelphia. All forms of commercial transportation are available. Community facilities are excellent, housing is available for students. The James Forrestal Campus which adjoins Princeton University's campus is an integral part of the University's advanced training and research in the basic and engineering sciences. The largest single project at Forrestal is the Plasma Physics Laboratory, a long range effort to develop a controlled thermonuclear reactor which would provide an infinite energy source. Many of the facilities of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences for the Aerospace Propulsion Sciences and the Gas Dynamics Laboratories are here. Rockingham, five miles north is also known as the Berrien Mansion which was used as General Washington's headquarters during 1783. His "Farewell Address to the Armies" was delivered here.

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