Princeton University is a private university in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States. It opened in 1746 with the name "The College of New Jersey". It was eventually named "Princeton University" in 1896, and in conversation, it is simply called, "Princeton". It is one of the 8 Ivy League colleges. Princeton was the fourth official college in the United States
- http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/ph/05/03.htm "Princeton's History" — Parent's Handbook, 2005-06
- The Ivy League is an athletic organization of sports teams from private universities in the northeastern part of the United States. The phrase, "Ivy League", is often associated with good academics and very selective in admissions, ("selective" when compared to other colleges).
- Princeton, Rutgers, and Columbia were founded within a few years of each other. Princeton was the fourth recognized "degree granting institution" to conduct classes. Several other colleges and universities are considered colonial-era "schools", but not considered Colonial Colleges, because they were not formally chartered as colleges with degree-granting powers, until after the formation of the United States of America in 1776