It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Princeton provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Princeton does not have schools of medicine, law, divinity, or business, but it does offer professional degrees through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Architecture.
Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as the College of New Jersey, the university moved to Newark in 1747, then to Princeton in 1756 and was renamed Princeton University in 1896. The present-day College of New Jersey in nearby Ewing Township, New Jersey, is an unrelated institution. Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the American colonies.Princeton had close ties to the Presbyterian Church, but has never been affiliated with any denomination  and today imposes no religious requirements on its students.
The university has ties with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Princeton has been associated with 35 Nobel Laureates, 17 National Medal of Science winners, and three National Humanities Medal winners. On a per-student basis, Princeton has the largest university endowment in the world.
Sheldon implied that Leonard attended Princeton after the latter placed an excess marshmallow in his hot chocolate - he attributed the reason that Leonard adds one for good luck to the kind of math taught at Princeton. ("The Speckerman Recurrence") It is also implied by Leonard's mother that she and his father work at Princeton, as she reveals they live in New Jersey and he is an academic who was cheating on her with some waitress from a university cafeteria, while she is published in the closely affiliated Princeton University Press]. ("The Maternal Capacitance", "The Maternal Congruence")
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