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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
friendships.

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

Ivy Club

In the winter of 1879-1880, eleven 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.

When they joined fifteen seniors from the class of 1880 who took their meals in the west front room of the building (originally built to house Princeton’s law school), 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.

Today, The Ivy Club has a membership of 144 Princeton juniors and seniors.  Ivy continues to draw a vibrant mix of students from all over the world to its venerable Dining Room for three meals each day. The graduate membership exceeds 3000 Princetonians who return to the Club on their visits to campus, and whose loyalty and support keep Ivy’s spirit and fabric strong.

More About The Ivy Club

Facilities
Griffin Wing: A new part of the club, opened in 2009. With its high ceilings, massive windows and large spaces, the new wing (named for Jim Griffin ’55, who was the Club’s president for 33 years) is a wonderful place to study, play chess, or have tea before an afternoon class. Library: Perhaps the Club’s most famous and elegant room. 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.   
Events
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.
Food
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.
History
The Ivy Club is Princeton’s oldest eating club. It was founded in 1879 with Arthur 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 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 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.

Alumni
Notable alumni include the only two Princetonians who have been named All-Americans in two sports: Hobey Baker ’14 (Football and Hockey), and Redmond Finney ’51 (Football and Lacrosse).  In addition are

Booth Tarkington ’93, Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Laurence Rockefeller  ’32, Venture Capitalist;

John Marshall Harlan ’20, Justice of the Supreme Court;

James A. Baker III ’52, Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State

Michael Lewis ’82, Author

Richard B. Fisher ’57, Philanthropist, Chairman of Morgan Stanley

Joey Cheek ’11, Olympic Gold Medalist

Lauren Bush Lauren ’06, Founder of FEED Projects

Joining the Club

At the beginning of each year’s Spring Term, The Ivy Club invites a group of about 74 Princeton sophomores to become members. Ivy Bicker consists of 10 conversations with members whom you do not already know. Conversations range from 20 to 45 minutes. Our Bicker process takes place over the course of four days, Sunday January 24th to Thursday January 28th. Each sophomore who signs up for Bicker will be assigned to 10 random members. The sophomore will then be able to schedule a Zoom meeting with each of these members at any time throughout the 4 days of Bicker.

Sign up for Ivy Bicker at icc.princeton.edu. 

If you have any questions about Ivy Bicker or you’re unable to attend your session for any reason, please contact Bicker Chair Brooke Baxter at ebaxter@princeton.edu or President Miles Wilson at mekw@princeton.edu.

About The Ivy Club

43 Prospect Avenue
609-924-2236
theivyclub.org


Contacts

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


 

Undergraduate Officers

Club President: Miles Wilson '22
Undergraduate Governor/VP: Katie Dykstra '22
Treasurer: Andrew Hama '22
Bicker Chair: Brooke Baxter '22
Social Chair: Henry Barrett '22
House Chair: Ogechi Adele '22



Total club members:

144


Club Dues

Meals: $7500
Social: $750
Other Fees: $2200
Juniors/Seniors 2019-2020: $10450

Sophomore (spring) dues: $500

Shared Meal Plans Available:

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Every Ivy member who is on financial aid is eligible for a grant from the Ivy 1879 Foundation that will exceed the difference between Ivy's fees and the University's board budget for upperclassmen who receive aid.


Meals & Menu

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

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

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




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