Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. It was founded as the College of New Jersey in 1746. It is among the oldest universities in the U.S. Princeton University campus is spread over 500 acres. In 2011, the main campus was named by Travel+leisure as one of the most beautiful in the United States. It has over 6,000 students enrolled in various programs. Athletics form the core of Princeton University social activity, but the students at Princeton are also known for their studious nature and excellent test scores. Princeton University has received an endowment of almost $26 billion as of October 2018.
As of October 2018, 65 Nobel laureates, 15 Fields Medallists and 13 Turing Award laureates have been affiliated with Princeton University as alumni, faculty members or researchers. In addition, Princeton has been associated with 21 National Medal of Science winners, five Abel Prize winners, five National Humanities Medal recipients, 209 Rhodes Scholars, 139 Gates Cambridge Scholars and 126 Marshall Scholars. Two U.S. Presidents, twelve U.S. Supreme Court Justices (three of whom currently serve on the court) and numerous living billionaires and foreign heads of state are all counted among Princeton’s alumni body. Princeton has also graduated many prominent members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Cabinet, including eight Secretaries of State, three Secretaries of Defence and three of the past five Chairs of the Federal Reserve.
The value of service is central to the mission of Princeton as a liberal arts university. Its aim is to connect learning and service. It encourages the students, faculty and alumni to follow their passion and use it to serve the community. The University helps the students and alumni to work for the society by providing them different platforms for public service. They strongly feel that the education should not only be used by the candidates to help themselves but also the society more broadly. The research and education practices at Princeton University revolve around the impact they will have on humanity.
Faculty & Research
There are over 1200 professional faculty members creating cutting edge technology through research. The student-faculty ratio at Princeton University is 5:1, and the school has 75.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Faculty also collaborates with colleagues throughout the world to turn laboratory research into real-world projects, which help in developing cutting-edge technology.
Princeton researchers follow an interdisciplinary approach and collaborate across academic fields. Several interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty, undergraduates, graduates and postdocs take place year after year. The students and faculty at Princeton also work with colleagues at other companies, organizations and universities to come up with new innovations. There are many interdisciplinary centres and programs at Princeton such as:
- Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
- Center for Information Technology Policy
- Center for Statistics and Machine Learning
- Council for International Teaching and Research
- Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
- Princeton Center for Theoretical Science
- Princeton Environmental Institute
- Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering
- Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
- Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
- Princeton Neuroscience Institute
- University Center for Human Values
- Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
From high-performance computing to electron microscopy, the researchers at Princeton are provided with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
Facilities and Labs
- Confocal Microscopy Facility
- Genomics Core Facility
- Imaging and Analysis Centre
- Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core Facility
- Research Computing
- Nanotech Fabrication & Microfluidics
There are several departments at Princeton University that can give admissions to students directly. The students can also pursue joint degree courses after their enrolment. Degree-seeking candidates also get the chance to go for certificate programs. Degree programs come under four divisions, namely Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Engineering.
The master’s degree programs at Princeton help the students to get better at professional practise. The entire curriculum gets enriched by the wide range of interdisciplinary areas, as it helps in promotion of research through collaboration. The boundaries between departments get nullified leading to a seamless exchange of ideas. Following are the departments at Princeton University:
- Art and Archaeology
- Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Applied and Computational Mathematics
- Astrophysical Sciences
- Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
- East Asian Studies
- Computer Science
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Comparative Literature
- Electrical Engineering
- History of Science
- French and Italian
- Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Molecular Biology
- Population Studies
- Music Composition
- Quantitative and Computational Biology
- Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
- Program in Plasma Physics
- Near Eastern Studies
- Operations Research and Financial Engineering
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Slavic Languages and Literature
Princeton was ranked 7th among 300 Best World Universities in 2011 compiled by Human Resources & Labor Review (HRLR) on Measurements of World’s Top 300 Universities Graduates’ Performance.
From 2001 through the current 2019 edition, Princeton University was ranked either first or second among national universities by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), holding the top spot for 17 of those 19 years. Princeton was ranked first in the most recent 2019 U.S. News rankings, in which the four-point gap between Princeton’s raw score of 100 and second-ranked Harvard’s raw score of 96 represented the largest gap between the first- and second-ranked national universities in the history of the U.S. News compilation. In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Graduate School Rankings”, all thirteen of Princeton’s doctoral programs evaluated were ranked in their respective top 20, 8 of them in the top 5, and 4 of them in the top spot (Economics, History, Mathematics, Sociology).
In the “America’s Top Colleges” rankings by Forbes in 2016, Princeton University was ranked third among all national colleges and universities, after holding the number one position for a number of years. Princeton also was ranked #1 in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 rankings for “best undergraduate teaching.” In the 2015–16 Times Higher Education assessment of the world’s greatest universities, Princeton was ranked 6th. In the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings it was ranked 11th overall in the world.
Cost and aid
Its tuition, college fees, room and board for the year 2018-19 was $66,700. The average grant that was provided to the students who were admitted to the class of 2022 was $53,100. The average total fee for the grant recipients became $13,600.
In Princeton Review’s rankings of “softer” aspects of students’ college experience, Princeton University was ranked first in “Students Happy with Financial Aid” and third in “Happiest Students”, behind Clemson and Brown.
According to PayScale, the median starting salary of a Princeton graduate is $87K per annum. In the Princeton alumni professional community, Professors make the highest median pay ($134K), though Senior Software Engineers (about $127K), and Research Scientists ($105K) are close competitors. Research Associates face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $56K. Leading companies like Amazon.com Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., ExxonMobil Corporation, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) etc recruit Princeton graduates.
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