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Explore the famous Ivy League university that educated numerous prestigious graduates, including Woodrow Wilson, Michelle Obama, John Nash and more.

Princeton University is one of the prestigious Ivy League universities. As you walk around the campus, you will quickly discover that it is literally covered in ivy. Behind these leaves, discover centuries of history. Princeton University was established in 1746, before the United States had even gained its independence. Its graduates have included U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize recipients, Supreme Court justices and Pulitzer Prize winners. Clearly there is something remarkable about this Ivy League school.

Stroll around campus on a self-guided tour or join a student-led tour, which originates at the Office of Admissions. Stop at FitzRandolph Gate, which serves as the elaborate entrance to Princeton’s campus from Nassau Street. The wrought iron structure was erected in 1905 and restored for its centennial in 2005.

Near the northeastern side of campus, find Nassau Hall and Maclean House. The buildings, which were completed in 1756, are the oldest and only remaining original buildings on campus. Each has a place in early American history. George Washington stayed in Maclean House in 1777 during the Battle of Princeton and again in 1783 while Congress convened in Nassau Hall.

See a performance in Alexander Hall. The Richardsonian Romanesque architecture of the hall is as impressive as the acoustics within. A short walk away, see events encompassing theater, music, dance and more in the McCarter Theatre Center.

In the Princeton University Art Museum, see highlights from the university’s global collections. Browse through more than a dozen exhibits or attend a public lecture. Stop at Prospect House and Garden. The Italianate home was the residence of the Princeton University president for 90 years, including Woodrow Wilson during his tenure.

Admire the imposing Gothic architecture of Cleveland Tower, which was built in 1913 in honor of university trustee and U.S. President Grover Cleveland. See a bust of the former president inside the tower.

It’s no surprise that Princeton University, with nearly three centuries of history, has a lot to see and do. Give yourself plenty of time to explore its historic buildings, see a performance, watch an athletic game or just enjoy the beautiful campus.

Top Hotels Close to Princeton University

Hyatt Place Princeton
Hyatt Place Princeton
3 out of 5
3565 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ, 08540
Fully refundable
The price is $123 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Princeton. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Easy, free parking. Restaurants within walking distance."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Hyatt Place Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
4 out of 5
102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $148 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
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4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Good Facility…not easy to get to"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

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Nassau Inn
Nassau Inn
3.5 out of 5
Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton, NJ, 08542
The price is $288 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Princeton. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (475 reviews)
"Amenities were closed on Monday and Tuesday"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Nassau Inn
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Holiday Inn Princeton, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Princeton, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
100 Independence Way, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08540
The price is $99 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Holiday Inn Princeton, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
4 out of 5
102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $148 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Hyatt Regency Princeton
Nassau Inn
Nassau Inn
3.5 out of 5
Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton, NJ, 08542
The price is $288 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Nassau Inn
Hyatt Place Princeton
Hyatt Place Princeton
3 out of 5
3565 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $123 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Hyatt Place Princeton
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
4 out of 5
201 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $161 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
Courtyard by Marriott Princeton
Courtyard by Marriott Princeton
3 out of 5
3815 Route 1 at Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $134 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Courtyard by Marriott Princeton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Princeton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Princeton
3 out of 5
3819 Route 1 S, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $155 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Princeton
The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
20 Bayard Ln, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $284 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Sunny 2BR Central Princeton Condo W/ Parking
Sunny 2BR Central Princeton Condo W/ Parking
Princeton, NJ
Sunny 2BR Central Princeton Condo W/ Parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.