Housing and Dining
The Residential Colleges
First- and second-year students 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 or living in other dormitories.
More than 98 percent of Princeton undergraduates live on campus. Approximately 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, the 11 historic coed eating clubs offer a hub for dining and social life. Financial aid awards for upperclassmen increase to assist in covering 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 selective membership selection process, and five operate on a sign-in basis. The smaller numbers of students per club create a family-like atmosphere.
Housing for Enrolled Graduate Students
Approximately 70 percent of regularly enrolled graduate students live in University housing. 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 at Lakeside Apartments and other locations, 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, Genomics, and the Woodrow Wilson School, and in the dining hall 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.
- 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 LGBTQA 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 housed in Murray-Dodge Hall, which includes the Muslim Prayer Room, the Interfaith Prayer Room, and the Murray-Dodge Café.
Princeton sponsors 37 varsity intercollegiate teams (19 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 37 club teams.
Varsity Sports. Princeton teams have won more Ivy League championships than any school since the formation of the league in 1956 and have won nearly one-quarter of all league titles awarded. Since 2000, 31 of the 33 Princeton teams that compete in official Ivy League sports have won at least one league championship.
Princeton won 14 Ivy League championships in 2015-16, the most by any Ivy League school, and it won the Ivy League’s unofficial all-sports points championship for the 29th time in 30 years. Princeton also finished first in the Ivy League and 33rd in Division I in the 2015-16 Directors’ Cup, which measures overall athletic success through NCAA championship participation.
Campus Recreation Program. Over 500 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 37 active clubs in the sport club program. Princeton’s group fitness and instructional program offers over 1,800 classes annually, in 44 different offerings.
- 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 activities and houses the Stephens Fitnes Center.
- 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, and new turf was put down in the spring of 2016.
- 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. Bedford Field, the home of Princeton field hockey, shares a grandstand with Sherrerd Field and is part of the Class of 1952 Stadium complex.
- The Shea Rowing Center is home to the crew program.
- Baker Rink houses hockey and ice skating.
- Outdoor athletic facilities also include the Cordish Family Pavilion, 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.
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 Army, Air Force or Navy ROTC programs. The Army program is based at Princeton University, and the Air Force and Navy programs are based at Rutgers University. These programs are conducted by the United States Armed Services. Participants engage in 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 and dance and theater studios in the New South building; galleries and theater spaces in the residential colleges; and other spaces. In fall 2017, the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex will open adjacent to McCarter Theatre.
- The McCarter Theatre Center offers drama, music, dance, film and events. 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.
- 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.
- The Department of Music utilizes Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall and other campus venues, including Richardson Auditorium, for its many performances.