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Princeton University
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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.

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Courtyard by Marriott Princeton
3 out of 5
3815 Route 1 at Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ
The price is $87 per night from May 30 to May 30
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Delaware River Heritage Trail Lake Carnegie Trailhead and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Princeton University. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (638 reviews)
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Hyatt Regency Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
4 out of 5
102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ
The price is $129 per night from May 31 to May 31
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from University Square Shopping Center and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Princeton University. Delaware ...
4.4/5Excellent! (975 reviews)
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The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
4 out of 5
201 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ
The price is $127 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Princeton University, Princeton University Stadium, and McCarter Theatre. Palmer Square ...
4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
"It was a very nice hotel. We enjoyed our stay.Thank You!"

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Courtyard by Marriott Princeton
Courtyard by Marriott Princeton
3 out of 5
3815 Route 1 at Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ
The price is $87 per night from May 30 to May 30
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Hyatt Regency Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
4 out of 5
102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ
The price is $129 per night from May 31 to May 31
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The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
4 out of 5
201 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ
The price is $127 per night from May 23 to May 23
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Nassau Inn
3.5 out of 5
Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton, NJ
The price is $181 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
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The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Peacock Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
20 Bayard Ln, Princeton, NJ
The price is $249 per night from May 10 to May 10
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Blissful Spacious Home IN Heart OF Princeton
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Princeton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Princeton
3 out of 5
3819 Route 1 S, Princeton, NJ
The price is $125 per night from May 20 to May 20
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DoubleTree by Hilton Princeton
DoubleTree by Hilton Princeton
3.5 out of 5
4355 US Highway 1 at Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ
The price is $101 per night from May 20 to May 20
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