Princeton University - 5 Fun Facts

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The College of New Jersey was founded in 1746 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It moved to its current location in 1756 and changed its name to Princeton in 1896. The prestigious school is one of the eight schools that make up the Ivy League and was recently listed as the third best school in the US News and World Report rankings. Listed below are 5 fun facts you may not know about Princeton.

1. Princeton played in the first intercollegiate football game on November 6, 1869 in New Brunswick, New York. Yale suffered defeat to Rutgers with a score of 6-4.

2. Many things have been names after Princeton University. For example, Mt. Princeton in Colorado was named in 1872, Asteroid Pricetonia (number 508) was discovered in 1903, and the Princeton Glacier was named in 1909.

3. Charles "Pete" Conrad, Princeton class of 1953, became just the third person to walk on the moon on November 19, 1969. What did he do when he got there? Why planted a Princeton flag there, of course.

4. Robert Garrett, Princeton class of 1897, participated in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. He performed quite well, coming in first in the discus and shot put, second in the long jump, and third in the high jump. Today, Princeton has 38 varsity sports teams and 40 club teams. Over half of the student body participates in either the varsity or club level! There are also over 300 intramural teams.

5. Nassau Hall on the Princeton campus served as the meeting place for the Continental Congress and the capital of the United States for a few months in 1783.

By C. J. Harrison,

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