Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. The ambience of its earliest days is palpable in historic landmarks on campus, most notably Nassau Hall, which in 1783 was the temporary capitol of the United States. Recognized globally for academic excellence, Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning.
The commitment to teaching is a hallmark of Princeton. Because the same faculty teaches both undergraduates and graduate students, it is not unusual for undergraduates to learn from Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and MacArthur fellows. Students are encouraged to form close working relationships with faculty, which may include engaging in innovative research projects.
Princeton simultaneously strives to be one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate college in the world. As a research university, it seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding, and in the education of graduate students.
At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 700 faculty members, who are leaders in their respective disciplines, instruct Princeton’s 4,700 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students. The town of Princeton, which has a population of approximately 30,000 residents, has tree-lined streets, specialty shops, restaurants, parks and a friendly and safe atmosphere.