Housing and Dining
The Residential Colleges
Freshmen and sophomores live in one of the University’s six residential colleges: Butler, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller, Whitman or Wilson. Juniors and seniors have the option of living and/or dining in four-year residential colleges.
More than 98 percent of Princeton undergraduates live on campus. Almost 70 percent of juniors and seniors take their meals at one of 11 private, coed eating clubs.
Some juniors and seniors cook their own meals in dormitory kitchens, dine in the residential colleges, join a cooperative or make other arrangements. Students also may dine at the Frist Campus Center or Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, which houses the University’s kosher dining facility. Students also have halal and kosher options in the residential colleges.
For many juniors and seniors, Princeton’s 11 historic coed eating clubs offer a hub for dining and social life. Financial aid includes funding for eating club meal costs.
The clubs, governed by student officers under the auspices of independent alumni boards, offer daily meals and a variety of social, athletic and other events. Six clubs have a member selection process and five operate on a sign-in basis. The small number of students per club creates a family-like atmosphere.
Housing for Enrolled Graduate Students
Approximately 70 percent of graduate students live in University housing, taking advantage of dormitory and apartment options. Dormitories include historic and modern rooms in the Graduate College and rooms in converted homes, known as annexes. Another dormitory living option for graduate students is to apply to be a resident graduate student in one of the undergraduate residential colleges. For students choosing apartment communities, there is a range of unit sizes in both high-rise and garden configurations. University residential life offers academic, athletic, social, cultural, personal-development and community-service opportunities to graduate students and their families.
Graduate students gather for meals in Procter Hall at the Graduate College, in dining halls at the residential colleges, at Frist Campus Center, at the cafés in Chancellor Green, the E-Quad and Genomics, and in the dining halls at the Woodrow Wilson School and at the Center for Jewish Life.
- Frist Campus Center is a place where the entire campus community — students, faculty, staff and alumni — as well as visitors, meet and interact, engaging in a variety of programs, events, and services that enrich campus life and the Princeton experience.
- Campus Club is a social facility for undergraduate and graduate students. The club hosts numerous student-organization activities and offers flexible spaces for casual relaxation and formal gatherings.
- The Center for Jewish Life provides cultural, social, religious and informal educational activities of interest to Jewish students and the overall University community.
- The Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 International Center provides a full array of services and programs for international students and scholars, including advising on immigration and visa matters and consulting on intercultural issues. The center also serves as a central resource on questions related to international students and scholars, and hosts intercultural programs and events.
- The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding focuses on exploring issues of diversity, equity and cultural pluralism and also provides a variety of flexible spaces for cultural, educational and social programs by student organizations.
- The Women’s Center provides a supportive atmosphere for women students and hosts an array of cultural and educational programs for the entire community.
- Princeton’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center works to create a safe and supportive environment by providing educational opportunities and advocating for the needs and concerns of LGBT students.
The Princeton community is home to many religious denominations that welcome involvement by students, faculty and staff. The Office of Religious Life supports the religious traditions that flourish on Princeton’s campus and encourages interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Through its own programs and in collaboration with others, the office provides opportunities for community service, cross-cultural understanding and constructive social action. The University also supports 15 campus chaplaincies and numerous faith-based student organizations. Religious facilities at Princeton include the University Chapel and Center for Jewish Life. The Office of Religious Life is in Murray-Dodge Hall, which houses many program spaces including the basement café, Muslim Prayer Room and Interfaith Meditation Room.
Princeton sponsors 38 varsity intercollegiate teams (20 for men, 18 for women), with slightly more than 1,000 participants — about 20 percent of the undergraduate population. In addition, an estimated 1,000 students participate in the University’s 35 club teams.
Varsity Sports. Princeton teams have won the Ivy League’s unofficial all-sports points championship each of the past 26 years, and Princeton has had at least one team or individual national champion each of the past 41 years, including three in 2011-12 (fencer Jonathan Yergler, steeplechase runner Donn Cabral and the men’s squash team). Since 2000, 31 of the 33 Princeton teams that compete in official Ivy League sports have won at least one league championship.
Princeton won 10 Ivy League championships in 2011-12, marking the fourth straight year the program has reached double figures. Princeton also finished 39th overall and first in the Football Championship Subdivision in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
Campus Recreation Program. Nearly 300 teams are active in the intramural program, which schedules competition among residential colleges, eating clubs, independent groups, and faculty and staff. Students can participate in 36 active clubs in the sport club program. Princeton’s group fitness and instructional program offers instruction in nine core areas.
- Roberts Stadium features two soccer fields, one natural grass (Myslik Field) and one FieldTurf (Plummer Field), as well as a press box, team rooms, seating on three sides, a lounge and other amenities.
- Jadwin Gymnasium provides 250,000 square feet of indoor space for intercollegiate sports in addition to a practice area for outdoor field sports. Jadwin is the site of Pete Carril Court, the varsity basketball floor.
- Dillon Gymnasium has facilities for recreational sports. At the Stephens Fitness Center in Dillon, students can pursue personal health goals with trained supervision.
- DeNunzio Pool provides complete facilities for competitive swimming and diving.
- Princeton Stadium has a seating capacity of 27,800. The field at Princeton Stadium officially was named Powers Field at Princeton Stadium beginning with the 2007-08 season.
- Weaver Track and Field Stadium has an eight-lane Olympic track and has hosted some of the nation’s premier college track and field events.
- The Class of 1952 Stadium is a lighted, artificial-surface facility that accommodates approximately 4,000 spectators for lacrosse and field hockey. The field at Class of 1952 Stadium was named Sherrerd Field beginning with the 2012 season.
- The Shea Rowing Center is home to the crew program.
- Baker Rink, built in 1923, houses hockey and ice skating.
- Bedford Field, opening in September 2012, is the new home of Princeton field hockey, featuring state-of-the-art artificial turf. When completed it will be fully lit with spectator seating and will share amenities with Class of 1952 Stadium.
- Outdoor athletic facilities also include the newly refurbished Cordish Family Pavilion and Lenz Tennis Center and an 18-hole golf course. The University has more than 50 acres of fields, including the Finney/Campbell FieldTurf fields, for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, as well as many intramural sports.
As an educational institution, residential community and employer, Princeton seeks to provide a campus environment and a range of programs that sustain and enhance the physical, psychological and emotional health of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff, and that assist them in achieving an appropriate balance between work and personal/family life.
The Healthier Princeton program offers an integrated approach to health promotion and education, disease detection and prevention, and fitness and wellness services for the University community. Its initiatives are based on an assessment of the academic, cultural, physical and social environments of the campus, and their impact upon the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Healthier Princeton board advises the offices responsible for this initiative and the senior officers of the University.
Student organizations are created and run by students with support from the University through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and the Office of Religious Life. Some 300 organizations make it easy for students to engage their interests outside the classroom, in areas such as politics, civic engagement, publications, performing arts, multiculturalism and religion.
United States Armed Services ROTC Programs
Princeton University students may participate in the Army Officer Education and Commissioning Program, which is located at 294 Alexander St., Princeton. The program is conducted by officers of the U.S. Army. Participants engage in noncredit courses and activities that, if successfully completed, lead to a commission as an officer.
Student Performing Arts Spaces
- The programs of the Lewis Center for the Arts occur in venues throughout the Princeton campus including theaters, screening rooms, dance studios, a gallery and art studios at 185 Nassau St., the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, writing seminar rooms at New South, galleries and theater spaces in the residential colleges, and other traditional and nontraditional spaces.
- The McCarter Theatre Center offers drama, music, dance, film and events ranging from acrobatics to mime. The theater also hosts the annual show presented by student members of the Triangle Club. McCarter’s Berlind Theatre houses major productions of the Program in Theater and Program in Dance.
- Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall hosts musical, dramatic and other performances, most open to the public, and most for a fee.
- Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall hosts campus musical groups throughout the year, sponsored by the Department of Music.
- Theatre Intime, a student-run facility, schedules dramatic productions, dance concerts and comedy shows throughout the year at Murray-Dodge Hall.
- The Frist Campus Center Film/Performance Theater is a multipurpose performance space that hosts theatrical productions, musical and film events, and other performances throughout the year.
Seniors' Post-Graduation Plans
The Office of Career Services assists undergraduates, graduate students and alumni in all aspects of career planning and offers services, resources and programs designed to support the integration of academic and career interests as well as the development of lifelong career management skills. Each year, the office surveys the undergraduate senior class regarding their post-graduation plans and prepares a summary report. In 2011, the time frame for the survey was extended to a six-month period following graduation.
There were 1,202 graduates in the Class of 2011. In May 2011, approximately 99 percent of the class (1,195 students) completed the annual Career Plans Survey at Senior Check-out to indicate their post-graduation plans. By December 2011, 85.4 percent of graduates of the Class of 2011 had confirmed achieving their post-graduation plans. A total of 61.6 percent of graduates had confirmed acceptance of employment and 22.5 percent had confirmed admission to a graduate or professional school. The remaining percentage had confirmed plans to travel (1.2 percent) or other pursuits (0.1 percent).
Princeton alumni contribute extensively to the life of the campus, with more than 24,000 alumni and their families returning annually for Reunions.
There are approximately 87,500 living Princeton alumni, including 24,000 women and 25,000 Graduate School alumni. Princeton graduates live in all 50 states and 143 countries.
In a typical year, some 22,000 volunteers work for Princeton in class and regional association activities, fundraising, programs in the local schools, a career network and internship program, and community service. Many serve in University advisory and leadership roles. Currently, there are 165 Princeton regional associations throughout the world.