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James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution, fourth President of the United States, member of the Princeton Class of 1771, and Princeton's first graduate student.

This list of notable people associated with Princeton University includes faculty, staff, graduates and former students in the undergraduate program and all graduate programs, and others affiliated with the University. Individuals are sorted by category and alphabetized within each category. The "Affiliation" fields in the tables in this list indicate the person's affiliation with Princeton and use the following notation:

Politics and government [edit]

Royalty[edit]

Military[edit]

Academia[edit]

This section includes lists of notable academics who graduated from Princeton and notable Princeton faculty members. Boldface indicates a current professor at Princeton.

Alumni and students[edit]

Name Field Affiliation Notes Refs
Abelson, HalHal Abelson Computer Science B 1969 [3]
Archer, MikeMike Archer Biology B 1967 Director of the Australian Museum, 1999–2003 [4]
Bardeen, JohnJohn Bardeen Physics PhD 1936 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1956 and 1972 [5][6]
Becker, GaryGary Becker Economics B 1951 Nobel Prize in Economics, 1992 [7]
Bello, WaldenWalden Bello Sociology MA 1972, PhD 1975 Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, 2007– [8][9]
Berns, GregoryGregory Berns Psychology B 1986 [10]
Bhargava, ManjulManjul Bhargava Mathematics PhD 2001 [11]
Billington, James H.James H. Billington History B 1950, F 1964–75 Librarian of Congress, 1987– [12]
Blinder, AlanAlan Blinder Economics B 1967; F 1971– Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, 1994–96 [13]
Boolos, GeorgeGeorge Boolos Philosophy B 1961 [14]
Brinkley, AlanAlan Brinkley History B 1971 Provost of Columbia University, 2003–09 [15]
Brown, Michael E.Michael E. Brown Astronomy B 1987 Named to the Time 100, 2006 [16][17]
Calabi, EugenioEugenio Calabi Mathematics PhD 1950 [18]
Card, DavidDavid Card Economics PhD 1983, F 1983–97 John Bates Clark Medal, 1995 [19][20]
Church, AlonzoAlonzo Church Mathematics B 1924, PhD 1927, F 1929–67 Proved the undecidability of the Entscheidungsproblem [21][22]
Compton, ArthurArthur Compton Physics B 1914, PhD 1916 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1927 [23][24]
Compton, KarlKarl Compton Physics PhD 1912, F 1915–30 President of MIT, 1930–48 [24][25]
Compton, WilsonWilson Compton Economics PhD 1915 President of Washington State University, 1945–51 [24][26]
Condict, IraIra Condict B 1784 Third President of Queen's College (Rutgers University) and Queen's College Grammar School (Rutgers Preparatory School), 1795-1810, Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed clergyman [27]
Creese, JamesJames Creese B 1918, AM President of Drexel University, 1945–63 [28][29]
Cronin, R. F. PatrickR. F. Patrick Cronin Medicine B Class of 1947, conferred in 2000 Dean of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine [30]
Crouch, DennisDennis Crouch Law B 1997 Publisher of Patently-O [31]
Danforth, LoringLoring Danforth Anthropology PhD 1977 [32]
Davisson, ClintonClinton Davisson Physics PhD 1911 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1937 [33]
Dodge, David A.David A. Dodge Economics PhD 1972 Chancellor of Queen's University, 2008–; Governor of the Bank of Canada, 2001–08 [34][35]
Duncan, AchesonAcheson Duncan Statistics B 1923, AM 1927, PhD 1936, F 1936–42 [36]
Edwards, Robert H.Robert H. Edwards B 1957 President of Carleton College, 1977–86; President of Bowdoin College, 1990–2001 [37][38][39]
Edwards, SeldenSelden Edwards Literature B 1941 Headmaster of Elgin Academy, the Crane Country Day School, and Sacramento Country Day [40][41]
English, Robert D.Robert D. English Politics MPA 1982; PhD 1995 [42]
Everett, HughHugh Everett Physics PhD 1957 [43]
Farrand, LivingstonLivingston Farrand Medicine B 1888 President of Cornell University, 1921–37 [44]
Farrand, MaxMax Farrand History B 1892 [45]
Fefferman, CharlesCharles Fefferman Mathematics PhD 1969, F 1973– Fields Medal, 1978 [46]
Felder, RichardRichard Felder Chemical Engineering PhD 1966 [47]
Feynman, RichardRichard Feynman Physics PhD 1942 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1965 [48]
Finkelstein, NormanNorman Finkelstein History PhD 1988 [49]
Flatow, EvanEvan Flatow Medicine B 1977 [37][50]
Fleming, John V.John V. Fleming English PhD 1963, F 1965–2006 [51]
Ford, HenriHenri Ford Medicine B 1980; Trustee [52][53]
Foster, HalHal Foster Art History B 1977; F 1997– [54]
Freedman, MichaelMichael Freedman Mathematics PhD 1973 Fields Medal, 1986 [55]
Goheen, RobertRobert Goheen Classics B 1940, AM 1947, PhD 1948, F 1948–72, Pres 1957–72 [56]
Griffiths, PhillipPhillip Griffiths Mathematics PhD 1962, F 1967–72 Wolf Prize in Mathematics, 2008 [57][58]
Hall, Noel F.Noel F. Hall Economics AM 1926 [59]
Hartshorne, RobinRobin Hartshorne Mathematics PhD 1963 [60]
Heckman, JamesJames Heckman Economics AM 1968; PhD 1971 Nobel Prize in Economics, 2000 [61][62]
Higginbottom, SamSam Higginbottom Religion B 1903 [63][64]
Hofstadter, RobertRobert Hofstadter Physics PhD 1938, F 1945–60 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1961 [65]
Holoman, D. KernD. Kern Holoman Music PhD 1974 Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis [66]
Hovde, CarlCarl Hovde English PhD 1955 Dean of Columbia College of Columbia University, 1968–72 [67]
Jacobson, NathanNathan Jacobson Mathematics PhD 1934 [68]
Kagan, ElenaElena Kagan Law B 1981 Dean of Harvard Law School, 2003–09; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 2010– [69]
Kahn, BobBob Kahn Computer Science PhD 1964 Turing Award, 2004; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2005 [70][71][72]
Kemeny, John G.John G. Kemeny Computer Science B 1947, PhD 1949 Co-developer of BASIC. President of Dartmouth College, 1970–81 [73]
Kernighan, BrianBrian Kernighan Computer Science PhD 1969, F 2000– Co-developer of C [74]
Kreider, AlanAlan Kreider Divinity GS 1962–63 [75]
Kurtz, StephenStephen Kurtz History B 1948 Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, 1974–87 [76][77]
Lander, EricEric Lander Biology B 1978 Founding Director of the Broad Institute [78]
Lang, SergeSerge Lang Mathematics PhD 1951 [79]
Lansky, PaulPaul Lansky Music PhD 1973, F 1969– [80]
Lennox, WilliamWilliam Lennox English AM, PhD Superintendent of the United States Military Academy [81][82]
Lightman, AlanAlan Lightman Physics B 1970 [83]
Lusztig, GeorgeGeorge Lusztig Mathematics PhD 1971 [84]
Maldacena, JuanJuan Maldacena Physics PhD 1996 [85]
Malkiel, BurtonBurton Malkiel Economics PhD 1964; F 1964–81, 1988– Dean of Yale School of Management, 1981–87. Author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street [86][87]
Mankiw, N. GregoryN. Gregory Mankiw Economics B 1980 Chair of the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers, 2003–05 [88]
Manning, JamesJames Manning Divinity B 1762 Founder and first President of Brown University, 1764–91 [89]
Maren, ThomasThomas Maren Medicine B 1918, AM [90]
Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal History PhD 1949 [91]
Marsden, LornaLorna Marsden Sociology PhD 1972 President of York University, 1997–2007 [92][93]
Mashhoon, BahramBahram Mashhoon Physics PhD 1972 [94]
Mazur, BarryBarry Mazur Mathematics PhD 1959 [95]
McCarthy, JamesJames McCarthy Sociology PhD 1977 President of Suffolk University 2012–present [96]
McCarthy, JohnJohn McCarthy Computer Science PhD 1951 Turing Prize, 1971 [97]
McMillan, EdwinEdwin McMillan Chemistry PhD 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1932 [98]
Milnor, JohnJohn Milnor Mathematics B 1951; PhD 1954 Fields Medal, 1962; Wolf Prize in Mathematics, 1989; Abel Prize, 2011 [99]
Nash, JohnJohn Nash Mathematics PhD 1950, F Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 [100][101]
Nass, CliffordClifford Nass Sociology B 1981, AM 1985, PhD 1986 [102]
Nehamas, AlexanderAlexander Nehamas Philosophy PhD 1971, F 1990– [103]
Nye, JosephJoseph Nye Politics B 1958 Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1995–2004 [104][105]
Orszag, StevenSteven Orszag Mathematics PhD 1966, F 1984–98 [106][107]
Panofsky, WolfgangWolfgang Panofsky Physics B 1938 Director of SLAC, 1961–84; National Medal of Science, 1969 [108]
Papadimitriou, ChristosChristos Papadimitriou Computer Science PhD 1976 [109]
Pildes, RichardRichard Pildes Law B 1979 [110]
Pressler, PaulPaul Pressler Pre-Law B Texas judge and leader of the Southern Baptist Convention Conservative resurgence [111]
Rawls, JohnJohn Rawls Philosophy B 1943; PhD 1950 [112]
Reveley, W. TaylorW. Taylor Reveley Law B 1965 President of the College of William & Mary, 2008– [113]
Revesz, RichardRichard Revesz Law B 1979 Dean of New York University School of Law, 2002– [114]
Ronell, AvitalAvital Ronell Comparative Literature PhD 1979 [115]
Roszak, TheodoreTheodore Roszak History PhD 1958 [116]
Rota, Gian-CarloGian-Carlo Rota Mathematics B 1953 [117]
Rudenstine, NeilNeil Rudenstine English B 1956, F 1968–87, Provost 1977–87, T 2002–06 President of Harvard University, 1991–2001 [118][119]
Rupp, GeorgeGeorge Rupp Divinity B 1964 President of Columbia University, 1998–2002 [120][121]
Saïd, EdwardEdward Saïd English B 1957 [122]
Sanchirico, Chris WilliamChris William Sanchirico Law B 1984 [123]
Shapiro, Harold T.Harold T. Shapiro Economics PhD 1964, F 1988–, Pres 1988–2001 [124]
Smalley, RichardRichard Smalley Chemistry PhD 1973 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996. [125]
Shenstone, AllenAllen Shenstone Physics B 1914, AM 1920, PhD 1922, F 1925–62. [126][127]
Smullyan, RaymondRaymond Smullyan Mathematics PhD 1959 [128]
Smyth, Charles Henry, Jr.Charles Henry Smyth, Jr. Geosciences F 1905–34 [129]
Smyth, Charles PhelpsCharles Phelps Smyth Chemistry B 1916, AM 1917, F 1920–63 Medal of Freedom, 1947 [130]
Smyth, Henry DeWolfHenry DeWolf Smyth Physics B 1918, PhD 1921, F 1924–66 Author of the Smyth Report [131]
Spence, MichaelMichael Spence Economics B 1966 John Bates Clark Medal, 1981; Nobel Prize in Economics, 2001 [132][133]
Starr, IsaacIsaac Starr Medicine B 1916 developed first practical ballistocardiograph; 1957 Albert Lasker Award, 1967 Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians, 1977 Burger Medal of the Free University of Amsterdam [134]
Stearns, RichardRichard Stearns Computer Science PhD 1961 [135]
Steenrod, NormanNorman Steenrod Mathematics PhD 1936, F 1947–71 [136]
Stewart, Devin J.Devin J. Stewart Near Eastern Studies B 1984 Professor at Emory University [137][138]
Stonebraker, MichaelMichael Stonebraker Computer Science B 1965 [139]
Stout, JeffreyJeffrey Stout Religion PhD 1976, F 1976–
Swagel, PhillipPhillip Swagel Economics B 1987 U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, 2006–09. [140]
Synn, IlhiIlhi Synn German PhD 1966 President of Keimyung University, 1988–2004 [141]
Tao, TerenceTerence Tao Mathematics PhD 1996 MacArthur Fellowship, 2006; Fields Medal, 2006 [142][143]
Tate, JohnJohn Tate Mathematics PhD 1950 Wolf Prize in Mathematics, 2002–03; Abel Prize, 2010 [144][145]
Taylor, RichardRichard Taylor Mathematics PhD 1988 [146]
Thorne, KipKip Thorne Physics PhD 1965 [147]
Thorsett, StephenStephen Thorsett Physics AM 1989, PhD 1991, F 1994–99 President of Willamette University, 2011– [148]
Trainor, RickRick Trainor History GS Principal of King's College London, 2004– [149]
Tukey, JohnJohn Tukey Statistics AM 1938, PhD 1939, F 1945–2000 National Medal of Science, 1973. IEEE Medal of Honor, 1982 [150]
Turing, AlanAlan Turing Computer Science PhD 1938 Produced the foundation of research in artificial intelligence and made astounding advances in the field of cryptanalysis, amongst other achievements [151]
Vafa, CumrunCumrun Vafa Physics PhD 1985 [152]
West, CornelCornel West African American Studies PhD 1980, F 2002– [153][154]
Weinberg, StevenSteven Weinberg Physics PhD 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979; National Medal of Science, 1991 [155]
Whitehead, J. H. C.J. H. C. Whitehead Mathematics PhD 1932 [156]
Whittaker, RedRed Whittaker Electrical Engineering B 1973 [157]
Wigderson, AviAvi Wigderson Computer Science MSE 1981, AM 1982, PhD 1983 [158]
Wightman, ArthurArthur Wightman Physics PhD 1949, F 1949– [159]
Wilczek, FrankFrank Wilczek Physics PhD 1974, F 1974–81 Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004 [160]
Wilson, John TuzoJohn Tuzo Wilson Geology PhD 1936 [161]
Witten, EdwardEdward Witten Physics AM 1974, PhD 1976, F 1980–87 MacArthur Fellowship, 1982; Fields Medal, 1990; National Medal of Science, 2003 [162]
Wolfenden, RichardRichard Wolfenden Chemistry B 1956 [163]
Woodward, SusanSusan Woodward Politics AM 1968; PhD 1975 [164]
Zinn, BenBen Zinn Aerospace Engineering B 1963, PhD 1965 [165]
Zucker, StevenSteven Zucker Mathematics PhD 1974 [166]
Zuckerman, GreggGregg Zuckerman Mathematics PhD 1975 [167]

Faculty and staff[edit]

Faculty with only short visiting appointments are excluded from this list. Albert Einstein was one of many scholars at the independent Institute for Advanced Study not formally associated with the University but nevertheless closely linked to it.

Architecture[edit]

Economics and business[edit]

Government, law, and public policy[edit]

Art, Literature, and Humanities[edit]

Math and science[edit]

Engineering[edit]

Business[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Here are listed alumni who made notable contributions to science and technology outside academia.

Astronauts[edit]

Engineering and science[edit]

Literature[edit]

Name Affiliation Notes Refs
Adams, LorraineLorraine Adams A.B. 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of "Harbor" and "The Room and the Chair" [176]
Bishop, John PealeJohn Peale Bishop A.B.1917 American poet
Buechner, FrederickFrederick Buechner A.B. 1947 Pulitzer Prize-nominated author
Cain, SusanSusan Cain 1989 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking [177][178]
Caldwell, IanIan Caldwell A.B. 1998 Co-authored the recent book The Rule of Four, set on the Princeton campus.
Donoso, JoséJosé Donoso A.B. 1951 Chilean author
Edwards, SeldenSelden Edwards A.B. 1963 Author of The Little Book and The Lost Prince
Ferriss, TimothyTimothy Ferriss A.B 2000 Author of The 4-Hour Workweek and holder of the world record in tango
Fitch, StonaStona Fitch A.B. 1983 Author of Senseless on which the movie Senseless is based and Give and Take, founder of Concord Free Press
Fitzgerald, F. ScottF. Scott Fitzgerald Class of 1917 (did not graduate) Author of The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise
Foer, Jonathan SafranJonathan Safran Foer A.B. 1999 Author of Everything Is Illuminated
Galchen, RivkaRivka Galchen A.B. 1998 Author of Atmospheric Disturbances
Halliburton, RichardRichard Halliburton A.B. 1922 Author, adventurer, lecturer
Hamid, MohsinMohsin Hamid A.B. 1993 Author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Hessler, PeterPeter Hessler A.B. 1992 Author of River Town and Oracle Bones
Kirn, WalterWalter Kirn A.B. (English) 1983 Author of Up in the Air and other novels, literary critic, essayist
Litz, A. WaltonA. Walton Litz A.B 1951 Literary critic
McPhee, JohnJohn McPhee A.B. 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Ferris Professor of Journalism since 1974
Matteson, JohnJohn Matteson A.B. 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer
Morgan, George FrederickGeorge Frederick Morgan Poet
Norman, JohnJohn Norman Ph.D 1963 Sci-Fi author and philosopher
Picoult, JodiJodi Picoult A.B. 1987 Bestselling novelist
Quillian, William H.William H. Quillian B.A. 1965, M.A.,Ph.D. 1975 Author, Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation at Mount Holyoke College
Remnick, DavidDavid Remnick A.B. 1981 Editor of The New Yorker
Riley, LawrenceLawrence Riley playwright and screenwriter, author of Personal Appearance, Return Engagement and Kin Hubbard.
Schlosser, EricEric Schlosser A.B. 1982 Journalist, Fast Food Nation
Scribner I, CharlesCharles Scribner I Founder of Scribner's publishing house, his descendants include several Princeton alumni.
Weiner, JenniferJennifer Weiner A.B. 1991 Novelist, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes Little Earthquakes, and Goodnight Nobody
Wilson, EdmundEdmund Wilson A.B. 1916 Literary critic
Welles, ChrisChris Welles (1937–2010) Business journalist and author. [179]

Pulitzer Prize winners[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Sports[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Name Affiliation Notes Refs
Chen, Sara BaiyuSara Baiyu Chen A.B. 2008 Singer-songwriter and actress
Barnouw, ErikErik Barnouw Writer, critic, documentary filmmaker, Columbia University professor
Berlind, RogerRoger Berlind A.B. 1954 Produced (or co-produced) produced or co-produced over 40 plays and musicals on Broadway and many off-Broadway and regional productions as well. The Broadway production have won over 60 Tony Awards, including 12 for best production.
Bogardus, StephenStephen Bogardus A.B. 1976 Actor
Bowman, BrooksBrooks Bowman A.B. 1936 Jazz composer and writer of the song "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)"
Cain, DeanDean Cain A.B. 1988 Actor, played Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Coen, EthanEthan Coen A.B. 1979 Academy Award-winning filmmaker of No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Fargo, among others
Jones, KwanzaKwanza Jones Billboard (magazine) charting singer, songwriter and actress
Duchovny, DavidDavid Duchovny A.B. 1982 Actor best known for his role in The X-Files. Won Golden Globe Awards for this and Californication
Ephraim, MollyMolly Ephraim A.B. 2008 Stage, film, and television actress
Ferrer, JoséJosé Ferrer A.B. 1933 Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actor
Feuerstein, MarkMark Feuerstein A.B. 1993 Film and television actor (Royal Pains)
Gerson, RuthRuth Gerson A.B. 1992 Singer, songwriter
Gibbons, ThomasThomas Gibbons A.B. 2013 Comedian and screenwriter
Goldman, BoBo Goldman A.B. 1953 Co-winner of the 1976 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest); winner of the 1981 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Melvin and Howard); nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Scent of a Woman)
Hammond, NicholasNicholas Hammond Actor best known for his roles in The Sound of Music and The Amazing Spider-Man
Horn, CharlesCharles Horn Ph.D. Writer Robot Chicken
Jarecki, AndrewAndrew Jarecki Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, Capturing the Friedmans
Jarecki, EugeneEugene Jarecki Documentary filmmaker, Why We Fight (2005 film)
Johnson, Robert L.Robert L. Johnson A.M. 1972 Founded Black Entertainment Television in 1980; member of the board for US Airways, General Mills, and Hilton Hotels.
Jordan, StanleyStanley Jordan A.B. 1981 Jazz guitarist
Kelly, LarissaLarissa Kelly A.B. 2002 Fifth-ranked all-time Jeopardy! winner.
Kemper, EllieEllie Kemper A.B. 2002 Actress who plays Erin Hannon on The Office
Logan, JoshuaJoshua Logan A.B. 1931 Winner (or co-winner) of seven Tony Awards, co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize, nominated three times for the Academy Award, directed the film versions of Camelot and South Pacific
Mazin, CraigCraig Mazin A.B. 1992 Screenwriter of Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4
McCormick, MyronMyron McCormick A.B. 1933 Actor, winner of a Tony Award in 1950
McGrath, DouglasDouglas McGrath A.B. 1980 Actor, director, and screenwriter (including Bullets Over Broadway)
Miller, WentworthWentworth Miller A.B. 1995 Film and television actor best known for his role as Michael Scofield on the Fox Network's series Prison Break
Moss, JeffJeff Moss A.B. 1963 Lyricist, composer, poet. Co-creator of Sesame Street (former member of Princeton Triangle Club), winner of fifteen Emmy Awards
Pinkney, Rose CatherineRose Catherine Pinkney Television executive with Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox.
Randall, JaneJane Randall 3rd place contestant on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 15. She is currently signed to modelling agency IMG Models.
Rogers, WayneWayne Rogers A.B. 1955 Actor best known for his role as Trapper John McIntyre on TV series M*A*S*H
Romer, BarbaraBarbara Romer A.B. 1993 Film and theatrical producer; Founder of the Globe Theatre.
Rosen, MarcMarc Rosen Film and television producer, best known for his work on the Harry Potter film franchise and the TV series Threshold
Shields, BrookeBrooke Shields A.B. 1987 Model/actress, from The Blue Lagoon and the TV series Suddenly Susan and Lipstick Jungle (former member of Princeton Triangle Club)
Simon, BrettBrett Simon A.B. 1997 Director of Assassination of a High School President
Stewart, JimmyJimmy Stewart B.S. 1932 Academy Award-winning actor (former member of Princeton Triangle Club), aviator, Brigadier General in the United States Air Force. Honorary degree in 1947.
Taber, RobertRobert Taber Actor
Windust, BretaigneBretaigne Windust A.B. 1929 Film director, producer

Art and architecture[edit]

Other[edit]

Fictional[edit]

See also: Princeton University in popular culture

(in alphabetical order by title name)

  • In the television series 24, President Charles Logan graduated from Princeton University.[196]
  • Jack Donaghy, from 30 Rock, is an alumnus. Multiple episodes center on his college experience.
  • In the film Across the Universe, the character Max attends Princeton, but drops out.
  • An American Wife a roman à clef about President George W. Bush and Laura Bush by Curtis Sittenfeld, George W. Bush's stand in Charlie Blackwell was a Princeton alumnus and one section of the book describes the couple attending a Princeton Renunion in great detail.
  • A Beautiful Mind, the Academy Award winning film about the famous mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. features a major part depicting Nash's initial days at Princeton University. Although the film is a fictionalized biography, in real life Nash did receive his doctorate from Princeton and is a Princeton professor.[197]
  • In A Cinderella Story, the characters played by Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray will be attending Princeton at the end of the movie.[198]
  • In the movie Batman Begins, it is revealed that Bruce Wayne attended Princeton University, although he chose not to continue his education there after returning home (it is unknown whether he had completed his undergraduate school education and was attending graduate school or if he was dropping out of college).[199]
  • In Burn After Reading, Osbourne Cox, the lead played by John Malkovich, was a Princeton Graduate Class of 1973, and in a scene at a fictional Princeton Club, leads a fast-tempo rendition of Princeton's anthem, Old Nassau[200]
  • In The Change-Up, Dave Lockwood graduated from Princeton University.
  • In Charles in Charge, Charles gets accepted as a graduate student in Princeton.
  • In Commander in Chief, Kelly Ludlow, the press secretary played by Ever Carradine has graduated from Princeton.
  • In Doogie Howser, M.D., the namesake is a child prodigy who graduated from Princeton at the age of 10 in 1983 and received his medical license at age 14.[201]
  • In The WB Television Network show "Everwood", Amy Abbott is accepted to Princeton.[202]
  • In an episode of The Flintstones entitled "Flintstone of Prinstone", which originally aired on November 3, 1961, Fred briefly attends Princeton's prehistoric counterpart, "Prinstone University," as a part-time student. Fred ends up becoming the star quarterback in a big football game against Prinstone's arch-rival Shale. In another episode entitled "Cinderellastone", which originally aired on October 22, 1964, Fred's dream character also attended Prinstone. Prinstone's also mentioned by Wilma's mother in the 1993 TV-movie "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby."
  • In the novel Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner, protagonist Cannie Shapiro is a Princeton alumna.
  • In Leatherheads, the character of Carter Rutherford is a star Princeton quarterback[203]
  • In Mad Men, Paul Kinsey is a Princeton Graduate (class of '55), and in "My Old Kentucky Home" (Season 3, Episode 3), Kinsey's classmate Jeffrey, a drug dealer, reminisces about the Tigertones a cappella group[204]
  • In Mars Attacks!, President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) is a Princeton alumnus.
  • In the movie Risky Business, Tom Cruise's character gets into Princeton after an unconventional interview at his own home
  • In the movie Rubber (2010 film), one of the spectators ("film buff Ethan") appears wearing an orange-embroidered black baseball cap reading "PRINCETO"
  • In Salt, Angelina Jolie's character Evelyn Salt went to Princeton
  • In South Park, Mayor McDaniels[205]
  • Sondra Huxtable and her future husband Elvin Tibideaux of The Cosby Show graduated from Princeton.[206]
  • In Family Ties, "Young Republican" Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) spends the first two seasons of the series preparing to attend Princeton. While visiting for an on-campus interview, Mallory has an emotional crisis. Ultimately, Alex chooses to tend to her rather than complete his interview, thus destroying any possibility of attending Princeton.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Princeton is Philip's alma mater. Phillip's son Carlton enrolls in Princeton by the final episode.[207]
  • In Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore is accepted into Princeton University
  • In The Girl Next Door, Eli is mentioned as having been accepted to Princeton
  • In Her Shoes, a novel by Jennifer Weiner '91: Rose Feller is a Princeton grad. Her younger sister Maggie camps out in a Princeton library.
  • In the Left Behind series, character Cameron "Buck" Williams is a Princeton grad.
  • In the science fiction novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper, Calvin Morrison had been a theology student at Princeton, but dropped out to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Korean War. He later became an officer with the Pennsylvania State Police and was transported to another time-line.
  • In the television series Numb3rs, the characters of Charlie Eppes and Larry Fleinhardt are Princeton Alumni. Charlie graduated at the age of 16 and Larry at the age of 19.
  • In "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement", the character played by Anne Hathaway has graduated from Princeton.[208]
  • In the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the characters Changez and Erica are Princeton grads.
  • In the mystery novel The Rule of Four, the protagonists are Princeton students and the Art Museum and its collections play a central role in the plot.
  • In The Simpsons, Cecil Terwilliger, the brother of Sideshow Bob, is an alumnus (Sideshow Bob refers to it as the years Cecil spent in Clown College).[209] Snake also attended, but took a year off, presumably never to return.
  • In the musical South Pacific, Lt. Joe Cable had attended Princeton.
  • In the novel and movie The Talented Mr. Ripley, Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law) has attended Princeton,[210] and the title character Tom Ripley pretends he is a Princeton alumnus.[211]
  • In There's Something About Mary, Mary attended Princeton University.[212] So did her ex-boyfriend "Woogie" who was also holder of a scholarship from Princeton.[213]
  • In the semi-autobiographical novel This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a former Princeton alumnus himself, the protagonist Amory Blaine attends Princeton.[214][215]
  • Professor Richard Pierson of the Princeton Observatory was portrayed by Orson Welles in The Mercury Theatre on the Air's famous radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds, broadcast October 30, 1938.
  • Watchmen, a graphic novel created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins: Dr. Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan, born 1929, attended Princeton University from 1948–1958 and graduated with a Ph.D. in atomic physics.
  • In The West Wing, former Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) is a magna cum laude Princeton undergraduate.[216] In fact, in Season 1 it is revealed that Sam's Secret Service code name is "Princeton."
  • In the television series Weeds, the character Megan gets accepted into Princeton.
  • In the movie Toy Story 3, it is revealed through the banner in his room that Andy goes to Princeton.
  • In the television series "The Mindy Project," the main character Mindy Lahiri attended Princeton.

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