3/50 New Jersey: Home to Princeton University

Photo by James Loesch/flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)

The State of New Jersey is situated on the north-eastern seaboard of the United States of America. With an area of 8,722 sq.miles, it is the 47th largest yet 11th most populous state in the U.S.

New Jersey acquired its name during the British colonization. It was named after Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands off the French coast. The island of Jersey was the birthplace of one of the former Lord Proprietors of New Jersey, Sir George Carteret. During the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington successfully led the American forces to defeat the British army at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.

A painting of George Washington at the Battle of Princeton – commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

From the original name Province of New Jersey, it became the 3rd state of the U.S.A. on December 18, 1787. Trenton is the state’s capital city. Today, New Jersey is home to economic industries such as pharmaceutical, machinery, telecommunications, oil refineries, electrical appliances, shipping and tourism.

Our trip to New Jersey was very short but we spent the night at Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick on the first and last night of our 9-day east coast tour. The only part of the tour we have in New Jersey was visiting Princeton University. From New York City, we passed through the state’s big cities such as Jersey and Elizabeth until we reached the small municipality of Princeton. This municipality with a population of around 30,000 has been established even before the American Revolution and it is popularly known as home to Princeton University.

princeton university

Princeton University or formerly known as College of New Jersey was founded in 1746 in the city of Elizabeth. Then, it was moved to Newark in 1747 for 9 years until it was finally situated on a 500 acre of land in Princeton and renamed after the name of the place in 1896. Today, it is one of the most popular universities in U.S. because it has many distinguished alumni. It produced numerous billionaires, members of the U.S. Congress, U.S. Cabinet, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and even U.S. Presidents (Madison and Wilson). Also, it is the most affluent university in America because of its endowment.

Nassau Hall princton university

The oldest building in the campus is Nassau Hall. Built in 1756, it was the largest building in the Province of New Jersey. During the American Revolution, Princeton became the capital of the U.S. for 4 months (June-November, 1783) and Nassau Hall was the capitol building. Today, it houses the university’s administrative offices. On good weather, the graduation ceremonies is normally held on the front lawn of the building.

Alexander hall princeton university

Alexander Hall is an auditorium to host graduation ceremonies and large meetings for students and faculty members. Also, it is now open to the public to hold an event or even musical concerts. It is home to Princeton University Orchestra and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Too bad, we detached from our group and decided to tour the campus on our own to take pictures so we didn’t catch the rest of the stories and information of the campus. But we have these:

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Even just for an hour, it was good to walk around and see one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.

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