Fact: Princeton entrance exams were dropped in 1916 in favor of those given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), and Greek was no longer required for admission after 1919.

The Making of Princeton University:
From Woodrow Wilson to the Present

By James Axtell

In 1902, Professor Woodrow Wilson took the helm of Princeton University, then a small denominational college with few academic pretensions. But Wilson had a blueprint for remaking the too-cozy college into an intellectual powerhouse. The Making of Princeton University tells, for the first time, the story of how the University adapted and updated Wilson’s vision to transform itself into the prestigious institution it is today.

Written in a delightful and elegant style, The Making of Princeton University offers a detailed picture of how the University has dealt with these issues to secure a distinguished position in both higher education and American society. For anyone interested in or associated with Princeton, past or present, this is a book to savor.

We invite you to read chapter one online: