Information for Prospective Students

Hello! We are thrilled that you're interested in riding for Princeton! We'd love to talk with you about our program, but first, read this page and find out if Princeton is for you. This page outlines some questions most often asked of our officers.

First of all, we are most often asked if there exist any scholarships for Equestrian activities. The simple answer: No. No Ivy League college awards any kind of athletic, academic, or special talent scholarships. But don't let that discourage you from visiting and applying - Princeton has one of the most generous need-based financial aid systems in the country.

Prospective students are also often curious about what kind of resume one needs in order to get into Princeton. The best thing we can tell you is that there is no particular route to Princeton, and to check out the Admissions Office for more information or contact them with any questions.

Apart from talking to prospective riders and answering questions about what it's like to go to Princeton, we have no "recruiting" power. We are a student-run organization with no ties to the admissions office. We want to help you, but as an organization, we have no extra pull in the admissions office whatsoever.

If you are seriously considering Princeton and are interested in riding, we encourage you to visit campus, check out the barn, or meet with team members. We can arrange informal overnights, invite you to eat lunch or dinner in an eating club or dining hall, answer questions, or have you watch a riding lesson or horse show. None of these are considered to be NCAA recruiting trips and are arranged individually, since the admissions office no longer offers overnight hosting for prospective students until they are admitted. These are merely informal extensions of hospitality and do not have any influence on admissions, as, once again, we are not in any way connected to the admissions department.

Some riders own horses and want to know what options are available for bringing their horses to Princeton. If you are interested in finding out about local barns in the areas, please feel free to get in touch with us for more information. However, note that Princeton does not own its own barn, and while there are many farms in the area, there are few in walking/biking distance. Also note that the Princeton academic schedule is demanding and therefore limits the amount of time you'll be able to ride and care for your horse. Unless you have the money to pay for full care, and unless you have the time to fully investigate all available area barns, bringing horses to Princeton may not be a good idea. In addition, Princeton rides in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), which rules that riders must compete on unfamiliar horses provided by the host school. This means that you won't be able to bring your horse to IHSA shows.

Many riders want to know if the riding program is in conjunction with a pre-vet or Equine Sciences program. Princeton does not have an Equine Sciences program, and while many students here are pre-vet, the riding team is not affiliated with pre-veterinary work. At that, there is no structured pre-vet program: to be pre-vet, you simply need to take the courses required by most vet schools (such as biology or chemistry) and then apply to vet school! Some of our riders have gone on to veterinary school, and some horse care is taught at weekly lessons, but once again, the Equestrian Team is purely a fun, athletic organization.

Our semester-long program involves one or two hour-long group riding lessons each week. While the lesson is only one hour, the overall time commitment per lesson is three hours (one hour total of travel and one hour total of grooming). Students seeking additional lessons must arrange and pay for them individually. However, most students find that one or two lessons per week is perfect, since academics are demanding and access to cars is limited. We are working on solutions to use University vehicles in order to make more lessons available to students; however, this is a work in progress.

We welcome riders of ALL ability levels. The IHSA has classes for every level of riding, from beginner's walk-trot classes to jumping fences up to 3'6". We don't hold try-outs and we encourage riders to show, as it is lots of fun and a great way to see how your lessons have paid off!

As a team, we hold dinners, fundraisers, group outings, and parties when we're not in the barn. We're definitely a tight bunch! At the same time, almost every rider is involved with other campus activities - a capella groups, student publications, other club or varsity sports, community service organizations, religious organizations, ethnic organizations, dance and performing arts groups, and more! We represent a wide variety of groups on campus, but we are tied together by the common thread of horseback riding.

If, so far, our team sounds like fun and fits your college plans, please email us. We are always looking for new and enthusiastic riders for our team! Have a good year, and good luck with your future endeavors!