Welcome to Princeton Prospect Foundation which supports the iconic eating clubs of Princeton University by encouraging educational pursuits and public service efforts of their student members, and by facilitating the preservation and improvement of their historic and architecturally significant buildings.
Twenty different clubs have been established since Ivy Club first came on the scene in 1879, all to provide a special dining, social, and educational environment for their members in magnificent and distinctive buildings. Each club, which is self owned and independent of each other and of the University, has its own membership and has molded a unique personality that gradually evolves over time. Eleven of the clubs still operate for their original purposes; however, over the years others have faced financial and membership problems and have been forced to close their doors. The current clubs are: Cannon Dial Elm Club, Cap and Gown Club, Charter Club, Cloister Inn, Colonial Club, Cottage Club, Ivy Club, Quadrangle Club, Terrace Club, Tiger Inn, and Tower Club. All of these clubs are located adjacent to the east side of the campus along Prospect Avenue, with the exception of Terrace Club which is located just around the corner on Washington Road.
By the early 1990s, all of the clubs had become coeducational. The clubs are governed and operated by undergraduate officers, and they all have professional staff to handle business functions and to run the kitchen and maintain the clubhouse and property. In 2018, nine of the eleven club undergraduate presidents were female. Alumni boards of governors also oversee the clubs. The make-up of the clubs is approximately 50% male and 50% female, and the clubs include over two thirds of all juniors and seniors at the University as members. They also allow second semester sophomores as members with limited dining privileges.
In addition, from year to year club members have become increasingly diverse from an economic, minority, geographic, and political perspective. As a result, each club takes on an evolving composition every year, thus creating different objectives and interests between and within clubs. The clubs continually strive to make sure that everyone is included in their community.