Princeton University

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Princeton University
motto Dei sub numine viget
("Under God's protection it blossoms")
founding 1746
Sponsorship Private
place Princeton, New Jersey , United States
president Christopher L. Eisgruber
Students 6,885
Employee 1,140
Annual budget US $ 1.05 billion (2007)
Foundation assets US $ 17.1 billion (2007)
University sports Ivy League
Networks Association of American Universities
The Nassau Hall , the oldest building on campus (1756)
The Blair Hall (1896)
The University's concert hall, Alexander Hall (1894)
The Firestone Library (1948)
Carl C. Icahn Laboratory (2005; The large slats are used for shading, they follow the position of the sun)

The Princeton University is in the town of Princeton in the State of New Jersey preferred private university . It is the fourth oldest university in the United States and a founding member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities and the so-called " Ivy League " that has existed since 1900 .

Together with the universities of Yale and Harvard , it is one of the most prestigious and richest universities in the world. It has the world's largest per capita wealth of any university. In 2015, the asset amounted to just under 21 billion US dollars, which in turn was largely due to donations from alumni .

In 1930 the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) was founded in Princeton , which became internationally known as Albert Einstein's last academic place of work . At the center of the research institute is the will to conduct independent research. The institute is only open to doctoral researchers. Although it is associated with Princeton University and cooperates closely with it, it remains independent and finances itself independently.

The university is associated with a total of 43 Nobel Prize winners , ten Turing Award recipients and 209 Rhodes scholarship holders . Two presidents of the United States , twelve judges of the United States Supreme Court, and heads of state from around the world were briefed at the institution, among other things.


Princeton was founded as the "College of New Jersey" on October 22, 1746 by Jonathan Dickinson , Aaron Burr and other Presbyterian supporters of the " Great Awakening " with the establishment of the founding charter. The college was then in Elizabeth for a year and then in Newark for nine years . In 1756 the college was moved to Princeton, but the name was retained for the time being. It was housed in the newly built “Nassau Hall” on land that was a gift from Nathaniel FitzRandolph. Nassau Hall housed the entire college for half a century. It was not until 1896 that the college became "Princeton University" due to its expanded faculties and thus degree programs. As a thank you to the place where it stood for so long, the name was retained. In 1900 the Graduate School was introduced.

The university played a special role during the American Revolution . In 1768 the Scot John Witherspoon became president of the college. Under his leadership, the college developed into one of the most educationally advanced in America. Witherspoon, for example, introduced history into the study curriculum and in his lectures spread the ideas of the enlightened common sense philosophy . When the conflicts between the colonies and the English motherland intensified, revolutionary ideas in Princeton fell on intellectual fertile soil. Witherspoon itself was in 1776 one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence , and many of his students were among the leaders of the revolutionary period and the early republic, such as from the graduating class of 1771 , James Madison , Gunning Bedford, Jr. , Philip Freneau and Hugh Henry Brackenridge , from of the class of 1772 Aaron Burr , Aaron Ogden , Henry Lee and William Bradford . At the Philadelphia Constituent Convention in 1787, nine Princeton graduates were among the 55 delegates, Yale and William & Mary made up only four, Columbia and Harvard three.



The campus, which extends over 200 acres of land, features an abundance of neo-Gothic style buildings, many of them over 200 years old. Some newer structures have been built in the style of modern architecture and a variety of sculptures are on campus.

The majority of the students live on campus. In later semesters, students also have the option of looking for their own apartment. However, since rents in Princeton are very high, many don't. In their free time, students can take advantage of a variety of leisure activities: Princeton University has its own swimming pools and tennis courts, and the university also has its own lake.


Teaching for courses with a bachelor's degree is organized in 34 departments. There is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.

Beyond the bachelor's degree, the degrees Master of Arts, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master in Finance (M.Fin.), Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), Master of Science (in Chemistry, MS), Master in Public Affairs (MPA), Master in Public Policy (MPP) and Master in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning (MPA-URP) . The doctorate is awarded by all departments. Professors are not released to research, but always have to teach.

Although Princeton is one of the leading elite universities in the United States, there is no School of Law . This fact is often unknown, even in films and series, reference is often made to elitist law students from Princeton, although these do not exist at all (e.g. The Prince of Bel-Air ).

Admission of the students

Princeton follows an admissions policy that ignores applicants' solvency. The university pays any differences to the very high tuition fees in the form of grants from its own capital stock. Approximately 60% of the first-year students in 2012 received financial support from the university, which averages US $ 28,930 (66.6% of the total cost of US $ 43,425) per year. Despite this admission policy, which also enables children of parents of lower income groups to study at the renowned university, a large part of the student body is made up of children from wealthy families. Currently, approximately 10% of students are Princeton alumni children.

Sights on campus

The Princeton University Art Museum , Princeton University's own art museum , gives a glimpse of its wealth: it contains works by many famous artists, including Claude Monet and Andy Warhol . The university has an important library to which the Scheide Library is attached.


Princeton University's sports teams are the Tigers. The university is a member of the Ivy League . The university's mascot is a tiger, and the school colors are orange and black.

Nobel Prize Winner

Personalities with ties to the university

Due to its considerable international reputation, Princeton University has a large number of thinkers from all over the world as alumni:

See also


  • The first centennial anniversary of the College of New Jersey. Celebrated June 1847. JT Robinson, Princeton, NJ 1848 ( ).
  • John McLean: History of the College of New Jersey. From its origin in 1746 to the commencement of 1854. Volume IJB Lippingcott & Co., Philadelphia 1877 ( ).
  • The Princeton book: a series of sketches pertaining to the history, organization and present condition of the College of New Jersey. The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1879 ( ).
  • Laws of the College of New Jersey. 1888 ( ).
  • William Milligan Sloane: Princeton in American history. An address delivered to a company of historical pilgrims. 1895 ( ).
  • George McLean Harper, John De Witt, Charles Woodruff Shields (Eds.): Memorial book of the Sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of the College of New Jersey and of the ceremonies inaugurating Princeton university. (Part 1: An account of the sesquicentennial celebration. Part 2: Letters and telegrams of congratulations. Part 3: Historical sketch of Princeton university. ) Charles Scribner's sons, New York 1898 ( ).
  • John Rogers Williams: Handbook of Princeton. Grafton Press, New York 1905 ( , with many photos of the buildings).
  • Francis E. Blake: History of the town of Princeton, in the county of Worcester and commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1759-1915. Volume 1. Published by the Town of Princeton 1915 ( ).
  • Edwin Mark Norris: The story of Princeton. Illustrated with drawings by Lester G. Hornby. Little, Brown and company, Boston 1917 ( ).

Web links

Commons : Princeton University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


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