First graduating class marks success of Princeton Prep

Aug. 20, 2003 10:29 a.m.

It was late in the afternoon on a warm summer day, and two dozen high school students were assembled in a Princeton University classroom to listen to a presentation that dealt with financial figures. You might reasonably expect some heavy eyelids, but these students were firing questions at Robin Moscato, senior associate director of Princeton's financial aid office.

"Is it possible for students to negotiate a better deal?"

"Could you give some examples of schools that aren't need-blind?"

The students are members of the first class to graduate from the Princeton University Preparatory Program , an intensive academic experience designed to help them get ready for college. The program, which includes a six-week summer session on campus as well as tutoring during the school year, admits students from Ewing, Princeton and Trenton who have excelled academically and are members of a group traditionally underrepresented at highly selective colleges and universities. Sixty-one high school sophomores, juniors and seniors currently are enrolled in the program.

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