"the university’s most prestigious eating club, Ivy"
Colonial Club, one of Princeton's non-selective eating clubs - Credit: Dan Semaya
are private social clubs found in most American universities, and are particularly legendary at Princeton University. The clubs exist as places for third and fourth year students to eat meals and also use facilities such as common rooms, libraries, billiard rooms and lawns. Whilst three-quarters of upper-year students at Princeton are members of a club, they are private institutions and as such are for those who can afford to be members. Five of the clubs (including the Ivy
, the university’s oldest eating club, described in F. Scott Fitzgerald
’s novel This Side of Paradise
) are selective, whereas the other five are non-selective. All of the clubs are open to male and female students.