Princeton’s financial aid program is one of the most generous in the country. Approximately 3,100 undergraduates—roughly 60 percent of the student body—receive financial aid assistance, thanks in large part to scholarships created by alumni, parents, and friends. These scholarships are at the heart of the University’s need-blind admission and “no-loan” policies. Need-blind admission means that Princeton students learn with—and from—peers of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
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During a sunrise run in China’s remote Gansu Province last summer, Sam Rasmussen ’19 felt he was traveling back in time to China as it looked decades ago. He jogged on unpaved roads through desert terrain, past homes made of adobe and farmers working in their fields. When he needed a pit stop, a farmer led Rasmussen behind his house to a concrete slab over two holes in the ground.
It was a stark contrast to the bustling city of Beijing, where he had spent most of the previous four weeks. “It’s so busy and chaotic in Beijing. I love the energy,” said Rasmussen. “But it was amazing to go out to these rural regions and meet people who live entirely differently.”
Computer science powers the work of many disciplines. If a molecular biologist needs to match up millions of pairs of genes, or a humanist wants to mine databases to understand the evolution of English prose, computers make it possible. Princeton’s computer science department, part of the University’s renowned engineering school, is distinguished by its deep expertise in both the theoretical foundations of computing and the many applications of computing in modern life.
Three students are exploring how we learn language, preparing to improve healthcare in India, and teaching American Sign Language, thanks to 1746 Society members Walker McKinney ’50, R. Kenneth Perry ’50, and Thomas Nichol Jr. ’33, who combined loyalty and philanthropy by aiding students through their estate plans.
The travels of R. Kenneth Perry ’50 and Margaret (Garie) Perry have taken them to China, Australia, Kenya, England, Majorca—and all 32 Princetons in the United States.
Princetonians with financial management expertise shared their insights on “Longevity Planning: Navigating Market Volatility Over a Lifetime” during the 2016 Office of Gift Planning Reunions Seminar.
Princeton Athletics held its third annual "Tiger Athletics Give Day," a 24-hour online giving competition, on Nov. 29 – asking alumni and friends to "Tiger Up" and show their support of Princeton student-athletes and coaches.