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Princeton University

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Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, and known as the College of New Jersey until 1896, it was British North America's fourth college.

Recognized globally for academic excellence, Princeton University today is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning. As President Shirley M. Tilghman noted in her 2003 Commencement address:

“The specific components of a Princeton education have evolved over time, but our central aim has remained the same: to instill in each graduate those qualities of mind and character necessary for good citizenship and wise leadership. They include a broad intellectual curiosity that embraces open-mindedness coupled with critical thinking; respect for our moral and cultural inheritance coupled with a capacity for innovation and change; an appreciation of the shared destiny and common humanity of all peoples; and core principles of responsibility, integrity and courage.”

In the conclusion of his book, "Princeton University: The First 250 Years," published in connection with the University's 250th anniversary in 1996, Don Oberdorfer, journalist and member of Princeton's Class of 1952 wrote: "Princeton has been able to change with the times, it seems to me, on something of its own terms, without compromising its purposes or its standards. That is no small achievement with which to face the future."


Princeton's comprehensive benefits program includes health and life insurance coverage, pension benefits, flexible spending accounts, income protection in the event of short and long-term disabilities, and benefits for employee education and children's tuition grants and loans. For more information go to

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Posted August 18, 2006; 12:00 a.m.

Princeton at top of U.S. News college rankings

The annual college ranking by U.S. News & World Report again has listed Princeton University as the top school for undergraduate students. Princeton ranked No. 1 in "U.S. News 2007 America's Best Colleges" in the category Best National Universities, a position achieved every year since 2000.

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Researchers and teachers find common ground in Princeton labs

Three area high school teachers have been working side-by-side with Princeton scientists this summer investigating solutions to the world's energy problems.For eight weeks they have been part of a program called Research Experience for Teachers.

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Plans moving ahead for science neighborhood

Plans are progressing on schedule to transform the part of Princeton's campus that straddles Washington Road south of Ivy Lane into a natural sciences neighborhood, highlighted by a new chemistry building and a pedestrian bridge over Washington Road...

Aspiring journalists learn the ropes from Princeton mentors

The four rows of seats in the Blue Room, where New York City mayors hold press conferences at City Hall, were occupied. Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler surveyed the outstretched hands in the audience and pointed to Gloria Medina, one of 20 students attending the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program. The 10-day camp offers high school students from underresourced financial backgrounds an opportunity to gain intensive, hands-on experience in journalism.

Volunteer efforts strengthen community ties

The Student Volunteers Council, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the upcoming academic year, works to strengthen the relationship between the University and the community by sending students to work at soup kitchens, teach youngsters how to improve their study skills, help renovate houses and participate in dozens of other service projects.

Important Chinese collection part of East Asian Library

The University's East Asian Library, located in the Frist Campus Center and Jones Hall, was built around the original Gest Oriental Library Collection. It is considered one of the Western world's greatest Chinese collections.

Biology summer program gives undergrads a taste of the scientific life

Choosing a career in laboratory research can be a big step for college students, especially those who have not experienced a scientist's daily life "at the bench." But the 85 undergraduates who are attending this year's Summer Undergraduate Research Program are gaining skills that will enable them to make that choice with confidence.

PUPP inspires students on the road to college

After touring the Chinese art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Asia Society in New York, students in the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) were ready to create some Asian-inspired works of their own.


Princeton University strives to be both one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate college in the world. As a research university, it seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding, and in the education of graduate students. At the same time, Princeton aims to be distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The University provides seeks to provide its students with academic, extracurricular and other resources -- in a residential community committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff -- that will permit them to attain the highest possible level of achievement in undergraduate education and prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor.

Through the scholarship, research and teaching of its faculty, and the many contributions to society of its alumni, Princeton seeks to fulfill its informal motto: "Princeton in the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations."


Princeton has approximately 700 full-time faculty members, and the student-faculty ratio is about 7:1. There are an additional 300 or so part-time and visiting faculty. All faculty members at Princeton are expected to teach as well as engage in scholarly research. The faculty includes recipients of the Nobel prize in physics, literature, economic sciences, and medicine.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities and Vietnam ERA and Disabled Veterans to apply.