“Princeton is a friendly town with a vibrant downtown and a rich history” — Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, 2013-present
In the Heart of Princeton, NJ
The town of Princeton has tree-lined streets, specialty shops, designer stores, consignment shops, restaurants, parks and a friendly, safe environment. As one would expect, it also has its own ice cream chain (Thomas Sweet, started in 1979) and a locally grown coffee shop (Small World Coffee, “serving up quality coffee, food, art and community since 1993”).
Princeton is home to the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the nonprofit Educational Testing Service. A number of major companies have headquarters or major operations in the Princeton area, including Berlitz International, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Jones & Co., Opinion Research Corp., Sarnoff Corp. and Siemens Corporate Research.
The borough and township merged on Jan. 1, 2013, and the consolidated town has about 30,000 residents. Princeton is about 10 miles north of Trenton, New Jersey’s capital city, and roughly midway between New York City and Philadelphia. It is easily accessible by car, train or plane (major airports are in Newark and Philadelphia). Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor rail service from Washington, D.C., to Boston and further north runs through nearby Princeton Junction station. The station connects to Princeton via the “Dinky,” which, at less than three miles in length, is the shortest commuter rail line in the country.
Princeton has a vibrant arts community that includes a world-class art museum on campus and a broad variety of theater and entertainment available through McCarter Theatre Center. McCarter is both a professional producing theater and a major presenter of the performing arts, offering more than 200 stage, dance, music and special events annually.
Day trips from Princeton offer a wide array of attractions within the state — the Jersey shore, farmlands, minor league baseball with the Trenton Thunder (the AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees) the Pine Barrens, the Appalachian Trail and even ski slopes.
Prospective graduate students interested in visiting can find information at Visit Us.
Prospective undergraduate students and majors should contact the University admissions office or stop by the office in Robertson Hall.