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About the School

Founded in 1746, Princeton University is a private Ivy league university with an endowment over $25 billion. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, its 600-acre suburban campus is about 50 miles southwest of New York City. Enrollment is a bit more than 5,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Princeton’s acceptance rate is less than 10%. Princeton University is in the Ivy Group Conference in the NCAA Division 1. There are also club and intramural sports on campus. There is no “Greek Life” (fraternities and sororities) on campus. It has a Catholic student center called the Aquinas Institute.
  • Two Sunday Masses: 4:30pm and 10pm. There are approximately 50-100 students at each.
  • Daily mass is offered in the University Chapel at noon Monday through Friday (approximately 30-40 attend on most days).
  • Adoration is in the University Chapel twice a week: Tuesdays 9-10pm, Fridays 11-12pm.
  • Confession: Monday-Friday for 30 minutes before Mass, during Adoration, and additionally available upon request.
  • The Blessed Sacrament is always in the University Chapel, accessible for private prayer
  • Father Zack is available for spiritual direction. In addition to one-off meetings with him, he meets with about 25 students for regular spiritual direction at any given time.
  • Father Zack also provides marriage preparation and pre-engagement preparation for couples interested in it.
  • RCIA: Several students come into the Catholic Church every year, and several others receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. RCIA is run by two priests and a lay person. A guest speaker from the community is invited each week as well, so that those in RCIA not only receive formation but also start being plugged into a community of committed Catholics who can provide friendship and mentorship long-term.
Student Initiatives:
Students often come together for prayer and fellowship in the dorms. There is a weekly Rosary night, Men’s Night every Saturday (fellowship), Women’s Night every Saturday (fellowship), and students frequently come together to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Liturgy of the Hours. All of these are student initiatives and student-run. Additionally, students get dinner together after the 4:30pm Sunday Mass. Students often say that, in addition to the Sacraments, what has been most helpful at Aquinas is the community of friends they have found here.
Princeton Initiative in Catholic Thought:
  • Sponsors and organizes courses, lectures, seminars and other offerings related to Catholic thought.
  • There are now Catholic for-credit courses at the University
  • Small Group Bible Studies: Students are trained for a semester to run these weekly meetings in their dorms. While Catholic students also join, the target audience is students who are not Catholic or not practicing. The goal is to provide these students a landing-spot where they can start hungering to learn more about Catholicism and start desiring to grow closer to God. Last year we had approx. 100 students in these
  • Discipleship Quads: Students who are already committed to their faith and want to go deeper meet with 3 friends weekly for a year, to help each other grow and keep each other accountable. After a year, each group member will start his or her own quad. More information here.
  • Seminars: Every semester, Aquinas offers 3-4 seminars on topics including: Theology of the Body, the credibility of the Gospels, Catholic fantasists (Chesterton and Tolkien), love and relationships, how to pray, suffering, bioethics, etc.
  • Lectures: Aquinas invites 3-4 guest speakers each semester. Our speakers last year included Bishop Robert Barron and Harvard astrochemist Karin Oberg.
  • Reading Groups: Students are invited to read a variety of works together. Currently, our reading groups include: St. Augustine’s City of God, Ratzinger’s Eschatology and Dorothy Day’s Long Loneliness
  • A list and description of our current seminars and lectures is here:
  • Our past seminars and lectures can be found here:
More information can be found here as well: 
While not officially Catholic, many Catholic students also find these resources extremely helpful: 
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