Vault Rating: 5 out of 5


  • Beautiful campus, one hour from NYC and Philadelphia
  • Small class size and low student-teacher ratio


  • Highly selective
  • Expensive school, expensive college town

The Bottom Line

  • Located in a safe, upscale suburban area of central New Jersey, Princeton University, the fourth oldest college in the United States, is a renowned research institution that aims to provide students with a vibrant community of scholarship and learning.


Getting in to Princeton is extremely challenging: The undergraduate admission rate in 2011-2012 was reported at 7.9 percent. Princeton seeks students who are intellectually curious, with excellent academic records and strong personal and extracurricular achievements. The school favors...  

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