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Interesting Princeton facts?

Hey fellow applicants, I am looking to learn more about Princeton and just wanted to know some fun and interesting facts about the school. What are some things that set Princeton apart from other universities? Any insights are appreciated!

6 months ago

Hello! Princeton is indeed a fascinating institution with many unique aspects. Here are a few interesting facts about the school that might pique your interest:

1. Princeton's full name was originally actually “The College of New Jersey” when it was founded in 1746. It became "Princeton University" only in 1896.

2. The campus is home to a vibrant eating club culture. There are eleven active eating clubs on Prospect Avenue, which serve as Princeton's primary dining and social options for upperclassmen.

3. Princeton's undergraduate focus is one of its distinguishing features. The university has a relatively small student body, with around 5,400 undergraduate students and 2,800 graduate students. This allows for a close, high-quality interaction between students and faculty members.

4. The school possesses an extensive art collection in the Princeton University Art Museum. With over 110,000 works, it's considered one of the finest university museums in the United States, showcasing a diverse range of global art.

5. Albert Einstein was a distinguished faculty member at Princeton from 1933 until his death in 1955. Though he never taught classes, he was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study, which is adjacent to the university.

6. The school's mascot, the Tiger, is the inspiration for various architectural details throughout campus. For instance, you can spot several tiger statues in various locations.

7. FitzRandolph Gate, the main entrance to the campus, has a tradition associated with it: students aren't supposed to walk out of the gate until they graduate, as it is believed to bring bad luck. However, seniors are allowed to walk through the gate during their graduation ceremony.

These are just a few of the many intriguing aspects of Princeton University. It's a truly unique institution with a rich history and vibrant community. Happy researching!

6 months ago

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