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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

In the winter of 1879-1880, eleven men, juniors from the class of 1881, walked down Mercer Street and entered the east front room of Ivy Hall. Sitting together around a long wooden table, they were served by Henry Campbell, Ivy’s first steward.

By joining fifteen seniors from the class of 1880 who took their meals in the west front room of the simple brick building, the first permanent Princeton eating club was born. Since 1879, Ivy has occupied three sites – the 100th anniversary of the current clubhouse at 43 Prospect Avenue was celebrated in 1998.

The Ivy Club today is represented by a current membership of 135 Princeton juniors and seniors. The club became coeducational with the Section of 1991. Ivy continues to draw a vibrant mix of students to its venerable Dining Room for three meals each day. The graduate membership exceeds 2000 Princetonians who frequent the club on their visits to campus. The traditions of the bold forebears of 1879 are the inspiration for the Ivy Club today. New traditions have been welcomed and embraced.

Through each academic year’s progression of study, meals, sporting events, educational programs and spontaneous moments, the Ivy Club flowers are a source of tradition and unique energy in the Princeton garden.

More About The Ivy Club

New Wing: A new part of the club, opened in 2009. With its high ceilings, massive windows and large spaces, the “New Wing” is a wonderful place to study, hangout or snag a nap before an afternoon class. Library: Perhaps the most famous and elegant room of the club. The library houses thousands of books from past members and serves as a great place for study and tranquility. Tap Room: A glorious and robust expanse of a room. The Ivy tap room doubles as a dance floor and haven for fun and revelry. Green Room: Better off experiencing this refined locale, firsthand.
Ivy hosts lots of events in the academic year. In addition to being open Thursday and Saturday night, there are formal events, special musical guests and even patio parties. There is merriment galore at the Ivy Club, and you also get to eat every meal there too.
The food varies day by day (vegetarians don’t despair, there is also a “veggie” option.) For the picky eaters among us, there is always grilled chicken, salad bar, bagels, cereal, and PB&Js. Beyond that, meals are decided by the meticulous palate and expertise of Chef Jean. Except for Burger Thursday, there is always Burger Thursday.
The Ivy Club is the oldest eating club at Princeton University. It was founded in 1879 with Arthur Hawley Scribner as its first head. The first clubhouse was Ivy Hall, a brownstone building on Mercer Street in Princeton that still stands. It had been constructed by Richard Stockton Field in 1847 as the home for the Princeton Law School, a short-lived venture that lasted from 1847 to 1852. From the time of its founding until its incorporation in 1883, the Club was generally known as the “Ivy Hall Eating Club.”In 1883 the Club purchased an empty lot on Prospect Avenue, which was a country dirt road at the time. Ivy erected a shingle-style clubhouse in 1884 on what is today the site of Colonial Club. The clubhouse was remodeled and extended in 1887-88. Following Ivy’s move to new quarters across Prospect Avenue some ten years later, its second clubhouse was used by Colonial before being sold and moved to Plainsboro Township, New Jersey.[6]

Notable alumni include: Hobey Baker, Woodrow Wilson, Michael Lewis, Coleman Crutchfield and many others!

Joining the Club

Ivy bicker consists of 10 conversations with members whom you do not already know. Conversations range from 20 to 45 minutes. In order to account for conversations that might run long, as well as the downtime between conversations, you will have a total of 7.5 hours allotted over the course of the three days of bicker (Sunday-Tuesday). Many of you will not need all this time—you might finish your 10 conversations in just two days.

Our Bicker Process takes place over the course of three days, Sunday February 4th to Tuesday February 6th. On Sunday, 12pm-2:00pm and 2:15pm-4:15pm; Monday, 7:30pm-9pm and 9:15pm-10:45pm; and Tuesday,  7:30pm- 9:00pm and 9:15-10:45.

In order to find out your Bicker group (orange or black), which tells you specifically what time you’ll need to be at the club, you’ll need to sign up for Ivy Bicker at 

When you arrive, you will fill out a short sheet with some basic information about yourself that we will use to keep track of your 10 conversations. There will be snacks at the club on all three days, but feel free to bring your own to eat in your down time. If one of your bicker sessions is occurring during dinner time (ORANGE session on Monday, BLACK session on Tuesday), we highly recommend you eat beforehand or bring something to eat.

If you have any questions about Ivy bicker or you’re unable to attend your session for any reason, please contact Bicker Chair Jack Henderson at or President Mimi Asom at

About Ivy Club

43 Prospect Avenue


Grad Board Chair: Dominic Moross '90
Club Manager: Betty Rascher
Head Chef: Chef Nestor


Undergraduate Officers

Club President: Claire Guthrie '21
Vice President: Sydney Maple '21
Social Chair: Alexander Jacobson '21
Treasurer: Edward Mowinckel '21
Bicker Chair/House Manager: Sasha Culley '21

Total club members:


Club Dues

Juniors/Seniors 2019-2020: $9680

Sophomore (spring) dues: $1400
1 Meal/week, Full social Membership

Shared Meal Plans Available:


Meals & Menu

Breakfast (7:45 – 9:45 am)
Lunch (12:00 – 1:45 pm)
Dinner (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

Brunch (11:30 am - 2 pm)
Dinner (6:00 - 8:00 pm)

Brunch (11:30 am - 2 pm)
Dinner (6:00 - 8:00 pm)

Community Service, Sustainability & Improvements

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