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Front Campus and Nassau Hall (Photo by Jacob Bregman '06)
Front Campus and Nassau Hall

We can begin to examine the rich history of the University at Nassau Hall, the oldest and only original building on campus, completed in 1756. Princeton was actually founded 10 years earlier, in 1746, though its original name was the College of New Jersey and its original location was Elizabeth, N.J.

The College moved to its current location in Princeton, N.J., in 1756, at which time Nassau Hall was the largest academic building in the colonies. Built of local sandstone, the building has endured two fires, shelling during the Revolutionary War, and more than 250 classes of Princetonians. A national historic landmark, Nassau Hall now houses the offices of the University president and other senior academic officials.

FitzRandolph Gateway (Photo by Jacob Bregman '06)
FitzRandolph Gateway

Class of 1879 Tigers (Photo by Jacob Bregman '06)
Class of 1879 Tigers


History and Lore

         Founding of Princeton

         FitzRandolph Gateway

         Princeton's mascot

         Battle of Princeton, 1777

More Information

         Princeton's location and surroundings

         President Shirley M. Tilghman

         Note on restricted images

Tour Map (click to expand)

Tour Map, Stop 8