1st in National Universities
U.S. News & World Report
Princeton University — known as the College of New Jersey for 150 years — was British North America’s fourth college. Located in Elizabeth for one year and then in Newark for nine, it moved to Princeton in 1756. New Jersey’s Ivy League university has been fully coeducational since 1969. Independent research is a defining feature of a Princeton education. Most students finish their Princeton career doing original research as part of a major capstone project: an undergraduate senior thesis or a graduate dissertation. Living up to its unofficial motto, “In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations,” Princeton University has educated thousands of individuals who have dedicated their lives to public service, including two U.S. presidents (Woodrow Wilson and James Madison), hundreds of U.S. and state, and 44 governors, including 11 New Jersey governors.
From 2001 through the current 2019 edition, Princeton was ranked either first or second among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, holding the top spot for 17 of those 19 years.