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Posted at 12:28 AM ET, 04/21/2010

College Tour '10: Princeton University

By Valerie Strauss

Princeton, N.J.
Princeton University
From a parent

My daughter didn’t want to go at first. She thought that Princeton was going to be snooty. But we were in the region and I thought we should visit, so we went and took a tour. She got a huge surprise.

There were a bunch of tour guides, students, to choose from to take the tour. There were engineers, a guy who was part of ROTC, and one young women who was in creative writing. I mentally picked her but let my daughter choose, and she chose the same young woman.
The student gave a brilliant, funny tour that blew us away.

Princeton is a dreamland. It has beautiful buildings and landscape, just the way you think a university should look, and the academics, of course, are amazing. The people there were all very accessible, different from what my daughter had expected. The kids on campus seemed to be really caught up in what they were doing, but were friendly.

My daughter came away thinking that Princeton was more or less a top choice. It’s probably out of our reach, because only about 8 percent of the students who apply are accepted. But you try anyway.

One of the things I liked as a parent was that they made it clear they would meet our financial needs. If she were to get in, they would pay the part we couldn’t handle.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 21, 2010; 12:28 AM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Princeton University, college tour, planning a college tour, taking a college tour, visiting colleges, visiting schools  
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