The Rockefeller College community includes more than nine hundred undergraduates, from freshmen to seniors. Approximately five hundred students – freshmen and sophomores – live in the college, with their own dining and social facilities, study areas, computer clusters, and classrooms. The setting is small enough to create a sense of community, but large enough to encompass a diverse student population and a wide variety of interests. Since Fall 2007, Rockefeller College has been one of six residential colleges at Princeton, one of three that continue to house only freshmen and sophomores, although it provides academic counseling for all affiliated students. It is paired with a sister college, Mathey College, that houses students from all four years, and together they provide a wide range of programming for both upperclassmen and underclassmen.
The range of activities organized by the college includes academic advising and academic affairs (including the program of freshman college seminars), intramural athletics, and a wide variety of social and cultural events. Rockefeller College contains a film theater, an art gallery, numerous rehearsal spaces and music practice rooms, kitchens, computer clusters, and a College library.
Each year the college sponsors talks by faculty members, lectures by outside speakers, concerts, dances, plays, and many other events, including trips to take advantage of nearby attractions in New York and Philadelphia.
It is particularly important to note that the many of these activities are selected, planned, and organized by the College Council, a self-governing body made up of the student residents of the college. In this sense, Rockefeller College is very much a participatory community.