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Meet Princeton

People Are at the Heart of Princeton

Princeton is about people. Our University is enriched by the wide range of experiences and perspectives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

In Service of Humanity

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and the service of humanity. On campus and around the world, Princetonians are making a difference in society.

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Our Faculty

Princeton's faculty are world-renowned scholars and teachers inspired by their research and driven to help all students grow as thinkers. Learn more about our faculty and their commitment to Princeton's dynamic intellectual environment.  

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Our Students

Our students come from across the country and around the world, and they join the University community eager to learn and excited to open doors to discovery. Each student's story joins those of their peers, weaving the tale of an unforgettable Princeton journey.

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Our Alumni

Princeton alumni are well-known for their Tiger spirit. Our students stay connected to Princeton long after graduating, drawn back to campus for alumni events and celebrations. They are leaders and mentors who make their marks through work and service worldwide.

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Our Staff

Every member of Princeton's community plays an important role in our mission of teaching and research. Staff members have the opportunity to engage in a work environment that values connection and community and making an impact bigger than oneself.

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Our Leadership

Princeton is led by Christopher L. Eisgruber, a constitutional scholar who became our 20th president in 2013. The trustees are responsible for the overall direction of the University. Our academic officers and officers of the corporation oversee various aspects of University governance.   

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Our Mission

Princeton University advances learning through scholarship, research, and teaching of unsurpassed quality, with an emphasis on undergraduate and doctoral education that is distinctive among the world’s great universities, and with a pervasive commitment to serve the nation and the world.

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Princeton's History

  • 1746

    College of New Jersey founded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, by the Presbyterian Synod
  • 1896

    Name officially changed to Princeton University
  • 1900

    Graduate School established
  • 1969

    Trustees vote to admit women undergraduates
  • 2001

    Financial aid policy changes, replacing loans with grants that do not need to be repaid
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Visit Us

A visit to our beautiful campus will give you a good idea of what Princeton has to offer. Tours and information sessions are available throughout the year.