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 humanities, social sciences, natural 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 situated about an hour's train ride south of New York City and an hour's train ride north of Philadelphia. It is about equidistant from Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.
There are approximately 4,850 undergraduate students enrolled at Princeton. An entering freshman class usually numbers 1,240, with students coming from all parts of the United States and from 95 countries. The men-to-women ratio is approximately 50:50. International students comprise about 10 percent of the undergraduates. More than half of the students in each entering class receive financial aid.
Princeton has approximately 850 full-time faculty members. 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.