Campus Life

Housing and Dining

First- and second-year students live in one of the University’s six residential colleges: Butler, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller, Whitman or Wilson. Juniors and seniors have the option of living and/or dining in four-year residential colleges or living in other dormitories.

More than 98% of Princeton undergraduates live on campus. Approximately 70% of juniors and seniors take their meals at one of 11 private, coed eating clubs. Some juniors and seniors cook their own meals in dormitory kitchens, dine in the residential colleges, join a cooperative or make other arrangements. Students also may dine at the Frist Campus Center or Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, which houses the University’s kosher dining facility. Students also have halal and kosher options in the residential colleges.

Eating Clubs

The 11 eating clubs are private, coeducational dining and social clubs that are part of a tradition that extends over 130 years. Each club has its own distinctive architecture and culture, and members often think of their club as a “home away from home.” Six clubs have a selective membership process, while five clubs are open to any student who wants to join. In addition to meals and social events, the clubs provide a range of activities and opportunities. While the club fees, billed separately, are more expensive than other dining options, Princeton provides increased financial aid to upperclassmen, contributing toward the additional cost.

Housing for Enrolled Graduate Students

Approximately 70% of regularly enrolled graduate students live in University housing. Dormitories include historic and modern rooms in the Graduate College and rooms in converted homes, known as annexes. Another dormitory living option for graduate students is to apply to be a resident graduate student in one of the undergraduate residential colleges. For students choosing apartment communities at Lakeside Apartments and other locations, there is a range of unit sizes in both high-rise and garden configurations. University residential life offers academic, athletic, social, cultural, personal-development and community-service opportunities to graduate students and their families.

Graduate students gather for meals in Procter Hall at the Graduate College, in dining halls at the residential colleges, at Frist Campus Center, at campus cafés, and in the dining hall at the Center for Jewish Life.

Campus Centers

  • Frist Campus Center is a place where the entire campus community, as well as visitors, meet and interact, engaging in a variety of programs, events and services that enrich campus life.
  • Campus Club is a social facility for undergraduate and graduate students. The club hosts numerous student-organization activities and offers flexible spaces for casual relaxation and formal gatherings.
  • The Center for Jewish Life provides cultural, social, religious and informal educational activities of interest to Jewish students and the overall University community.
  • The Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 International Center provides a full array of services and programs for international students and scholars, including advising on immigration and visa matters and consulting on intercultural issues. The center also serves as a central resource on questions related to international students and scholars, and hosts intercultural programs and events.
  • The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding focuses on exploring issues of diversity, equity and cultural pluralism and also provides a variety of flexible spaces for cultural, educational and social programs by student organizations.
  • The Women*s Center provides a supportive atmosphere for women students and hosts an array of cultural and educational programs.
  • Princeton’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center works to create a safe and supportive environment by providing educational opportunities and advocating for the needs and concerns of LGBTQIA students.

Religious Life

The Princeton community is home to many religious denominations that welcome involvement by students, faculty and staff. The Office of Religious Life supports the religious traditions that flourish on Princeton’s campus and encourages interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Through its own programs and in collaboration with others, the office provides opportunities for community service, cross-cultural understanding and constructive social action. The University also supports 17 campus chaplaincies and numerous faith-based student organizations. Religious facilities at Princeton include the University Chapel and the Center for Jewish Life. The Office of Religious Life is housed in Murray-Dodge Hall, which includes the Muslim Prayer Room, the Interfaith Prayer Room and the Murray-Dodge Café.

Athletics

Princeton sponsors 37 varsity intercollegiate teams (19 for men, 18 for women), with approximately 1,000 participants — about 20% of the undergraduate population. In addition, an estimated 1,000 students participate in the University’s 36 club teams.

Varsity Sports. Princeton teams have won more Ivy League championships than any school since the formation of the league in 1956; nearly one-quarter of all championships won have gone to Princeton teams. Since 2000, 31 of the 33 Princeton teams that compete in official Ivy League sports have won at least one league championship.

Princeton won 12 Ivy League championships in 2018–19, and three other Princeton teams won championships in leagues outside of the Ivy League. The 12 Ivy championships marked the 10th time in 11 years, and 26th time overall, that Princeton has reached double figures in Ivy League championships, something only one other league school has ever done even once. Princeton also finished first in the Ivy League (and 30th in Division I) in the Directors’ Cup standings, which measure overall athletic success based on NCAA tournament participation and results.

Campus Recreation Program. Over 500 teams are active in the intramural program, which schedules competition among residential colleges, eating clubs, independent groups, and faculty and staff. Students can participate in 36 active clubs in the sport club program. Princeton’s group fitness and instructional program offers over 1,800 classes annually, in 44 different offerings.

Athletic Facilities

  • Jadwin Gymnasium provides 250,000 square feet of indoor space for intercollegiate sports and a practice area for outdoor field sports. Jadwin is the site of Pete Carril Court, the varsity basketball floor, and this past season for the first time featured a videoboard above center court.
  • Dillon Gymnasium has facilities for recreational activities and houses the Stephens Fitness Center while also serving as the home venue for varsity wrestling and volleyball.
  • DeNunzio Pool provides complete facilities for competitive swimming and diving.
  • Princeton Stadium has a seating capacity of 27,800. The field was named Powers Field at Princeton Stadium beginning with the 2007–08 season. Powers Field is covered by a “bubble” each winter to enable year-round use.
  • Weaver Track and Field Stadium has an eight-lane Olympic track and has hosted some of the nation’s premier college track and field events.
  • The Class of 1952 Stadium is a lighted facility that accommodates approximately 4,000 spectators for both lacrosse and field hockey, with a shared grandstand and pressbox between two fields. Sherrerd Field is the home for men’s and women’s lacrosse. Bedford Field is the home of Princeton field hockey.
  • Roberts Stadium features two soccer fields, one natural grass (Myslik Field) and one FieldTurf (Plummer Field), as well as a press box, team rooms, seating, a lounge and other amenities.
  • Shea Rowing Center is home to the crew program.
  • Hobey Baker Memorial Rink houses men’s and women’s hockey and ice skating.
  • Outdoor athletic facilities also include the Cordish Family Pavilion, Lenz Tennis Center and an 18-hole golf course with a brand-new golf performance center. The University has more than 50 acres of fields, including the Finney/Campbell FieldTurf fields, for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, as well as many intramural sports.

Student Activities

Student Organizations

Student organizations are created and run by students with support from the University through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and the Office of Religious Life. Some 300 organizations make it easy for students to engage their interests outside the classroom.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

In fall 2019, Princeton marks 100 years since the founding of ROTC programs at the University. Today, Princeton students may participate in Army, Air Force or Navy ROTC programs. The Army program is based at Princeton, and the Air Force and Navy programs are based at Rutgers University. These programs are conducted by the United States Armed Services. Participants engage in courses and activities that, if successfully completed, lead to a commission as an officer.

Student Performing Arts Spaces

  • The programs of the Lewis Center for the Arts occur in venues throughout the Princeton campus including the new Lewis Arts complex and its state-of-the-art Wallace Theater, Hearst Dance Theater, Hurley Gallery, Forum, Co-Lab, and acting and dance studios; a newly renovated film screening theater, the Lucas Gallery, art studios and a black box theater at 185 Nassau St.; the 350-seat Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center; writing seminar rooms and dance and theater studios in the New South building; galleries, studios and theater spaces in the residential colleges; and other traditional and nontraditional spaces.
  • The McCarter Theatre Center offers drama, music, dance, film and events. The theater also hosts the annual show presented by student members of the Triangle Club. McCarter’s Berlind Theatre houses major productions of the Program in Theater and Program in Dance.
  • Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall hosts musical, dramatic and other performances, most open to the public.
  • Theatre Intime, a student-run facility, schedules dramatic productions, dance concerts and comedy shows throughout the year at Murray-Dodge Hall.
  • The Frist Campus Center Film/Performance Theater is a multipurpose performance space that hosts theatrical productions, musical and film events, and other performances throughout the year.
  • The music department’s facilities span campus. Classes, rehearsals, masterclasses, workshops and performances take place throughout the Woolworth Center for Music Studies, the Effron Music Building, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, and Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Practice rooms at the Woolworth Center are available to all Princeton University students; additional facilities at the Effron Music Building are reserved for students in the Department of Music’s programs.