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The eating clubs offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to become a part of a close-knit community. They reinforce existing friendships while also introducing you to a wonderful, new, and diverse group of Princetonians. The clubs offer a home on campus where students can come together to enjoy a great meal, take a breath to relax, and develop life-long

Hannah Paynter ’19, President of the Interclub Council, President of Cloister Inn

You join the club because your friends are there, but then by the time you graduate you’ve also made dozens of new great friends for the rest of your life.

Liam Morton '02, Cap and Gown Club

Each of Princeton’s clubs is different and through the years has achieved a distinct personality and set of traditions. This is as it should be, for it will be a sorry day for the world if ever such distinctions and peculiarities, and the especial loyalties they invoke, are lost.

Struthers Burt, Class of 1904

By joining an eating club, I’ve gained a sense of home and community that keeps me grounded on campus. I’m incredibly grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve developed and the many opportunities it has given me to grow my community and enrich my Princeton experience.

Rachel Macaulay ’19, President of Tower Club

Eating clubs serve as the perfect bridge between your underclassman and upperclassman years. They reinforce the strong friendships you've established and encourage new relationships with a diverse new group of people. By spending time talking, eating, studying, and socializing, we find that we are surrounded by some of the most brilliant yet modest and talented yet compassionate people, all from incredibly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of different life experiences and stories to share.

Katrina Maxcy '14, Former President of Colonial Club

The eating clubs are so much more than where 70 percent of Princeton juniors and seniors take their meals. They are where students are studying, collaborating on assignments, and encouraging each other as they write the last page of that junior paper or senior thesis. They are where students are coming together at tables to discuss an interesting news story, a great movie someone has seen recently, a campus issue, or any of a cornucopia of possible topics. They are where students are socializing and celebrating the end of a stressful day or a stressful week at high-quality social events. They are where students are engaging in meaningful service to the community outside of the Orange Bubble. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton, and they exemplify what is unique about Princeton — a sense of always being able to come home, whether you're just joining as a sophomore or are coming for your 50th Reunion.

Jean-Carlos Arenas '16, Former President of the Interclub Council, Former President of Charter Club

Eating clubs are places in which to find a home on campus. More than just a building to socialize in, they exist to create that feeling of family and acceptance – somewhere where you’re free to just be yourself, and relax into a community that accepts and loves you for you. Being in an eating club allows you to meet so many great people that otherwise you might never have met – people from backgrounds and cultures that differ greatly from your own, but who will nonetheless become some of your closest friends on campus. Being a part of one of these groups enables you to have a community that will always be yours, and that you will continue to be a part of long after you graduate. I find that in my own experience, I am constantly and unerringly amazed by the people I have met through my club, and by the sheer kindness with which everyone treats one another. I wouldn’t trade my eating club experience for anything in the world.

Conor O’Brien ’19, President of Charter Club

ICC Releases Results on Spring 2016 Club Admissions

Over the past four years, the ICC (Interclub-Council of the Princeton Eating Clubs) has been working to synchronize and improve the process for joining an eating club and provide more information for students who are interested in joining. The goal of these efforts is to provide better information about the clubs to encourage more students to explore the clubs, and to decrease the stress surrounding the process and provide a more positive experience for all students.

To join a club, sophomores and juniors registered on the ICC website that helps club officers and prospective students manage the process of signing up, visiting clubs, ranking preferences, and getting results. The final results were available on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9am at Students can log in and see the club they have been admitted to. Any student who was not placed can also use this site to sign up for an open club until Saturday, February 13, 2016. The website provides general information about the clubs.

The ICC has just released results from Spring 2016 eating club admissions for the sophomore class.

  • 1,038 sophomores or 80% of the class participated in the club admissions process, compared to 81% of sophomores last spring.
  • 301 or 29% took advantage of the early admission option for open clubs, compared to 28% last year.
  • 705 or 68% applied for admission to a selective club, compared to 68% last year.
  • 546 or 77% of sophomores who applied to a selective club were accepted, compared to 72% last year.
  • The average section size for selective clubs increased from 86 last year to 91 this year.
  • On “multi-club” bicker, 36% of students who applied to a selective club allowing the “multi-club” bicker option selected 2 clubs compared to 29% last year. Ivy Club participated in multi-club bicker for the first time. Tower Club is the only selective club not participating in multi-club bicker.
  • 411 sophomores or 40% of those who participated were placed in open clubs compared to 38% last year.

At the end of the admissions process, 957 sophomores or 74% of sophomores were placed in a club, an increase over 915 placed last year (70%).

All eleven clubs participated in the process including 6 selective clubs (Cannon, Cap and Gown, Cottage, Ivy Club, Tiger Inn, and Tower) and 5 open clubs (Charter, Cloister Inn, Colonial, Quadrangle, and Terrace).