Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering.
As a research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.
The campus of 500 acres is located in Princeton, New Jersey, a town of approximately 30,000 residents that is situated about an hourís train ride south of New York City and an hourís train ride north of Philadelphia. It is about equidistant from Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.
There are approximately 4,700 undergraduate students enrolled at Princeton. An entering freshman class usually numbers 1,200, with students coming from all parts of the United States and from more than 45 countries. The men-to-women ratio in recent years has been approximately 51:49. International students comprise about 9 percent of the undergraduates. More than half of the students in each entering class receive financial aid.
Princeton has approximately 700 full-time faculty members and an additional 300 or so part-time and visiting faculty. All faculty members at Princeton teach as well as engage in scholarly research. The faculty includes recipients of the Nobel Prize in physics, literature, economic sciences, and medicine.