College Spotlight: Princeton University

Posted on July 10 2020

The Ivy League research university in New Jersey now known as Princeton University was originally known as "College of New Jersey, Princeton” when it was founded, in Elizabeth, back in 1746. In all of the United States, it is the fourth oldest institution of higher education. In 1747, the institution was moved to Newark. Following that move, its name was changed in 1896 to Princeton University when it moved to the town of Princeton.

Princeton University on a sunny afternoon. Princeton University is a Private Ivy League University in New Jersey

Academics at Princeton

Graduate and undergraduate instruction is provided at Princeton in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It joined forces with the Band Time Center for Finance, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Internal Affairs, offering professional degrees. It also has ties with Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Per student In the United States, Princeton has the largest endowment.

Princeton University Athletics

"Achieve. Serve. Lead." This is the motto of the athletic department at Princeton University. The young people who attend Princeton – those focused on athletics – lead in intercollegiate competition while still managing to excel in the classroom. Whether it be through an intramural program, a club, or a varsity team, there are numerous options for students to "Play like a tiger!"

As you may have guessed, the athletic teams of this university are referred to as the Princeton Tigers. With 37 varsity sports, there is no shortage of pursuits for athletically minded individuals. A handful of NCAA championships have been won by the school including eight in men's golf, three in women's lacrosse, six in men's lacrosse, and one in men's fencing.

In the Ivy League and the NCAA division, one of the most successful and largest athletic programs is offered by Princeton. Spanning 37 varsity women's and men's teams, approximately 18% of undergrads participate in varsity sports.

Here are some interesting athletics statistics which apply to Princeton University:

  • Ivy League championships in field hockey – 25
  • Years of Princeton football – 150
  • Princeton attendees who became Olympic competitors – 113
  • Sports club teams – 36
  • Varsity intercollegiate teams – 37

Notable Attendees

Numerous individuals of celebrity status attended Princeton University, possibly one of the most notable being Michelle Obama. Other alumni include Supreme Court Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Samuel Alito. Actors hailing from Princeton include Brooke Shields, David Duchovny, José Ferrer, Jimmy Stewart, and more.

Sports figures who attended Princeton include the following:

  • NFL player for the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, Carl Barisich
  • WNBA Dallas Wings 2020 starter, Bella Alarie
  • Professional baseball pitcher, Danny Barnes
  • Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player, Darius Bazley
  • Ice hockey player, Andrew Calof
  • 2012 Summer Olympics rower, Sarah Hendershot
  • Olympic snowboarder, Chloe Kim
  • Professional soccer player, Tyler Lussi,
  • and many more

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