Photo Of The Day: The Ivy Club Continues To Provide Preparation To Princeton Students For Real Life

by Rachelle Hruska · February 17, 2009

[Parties at Ivy at Princeton Univeristy, preparation for a life of doormen and velvet ropes...]

And you thought getting into Rose Bar was difficult...

Ivy Club at Princeton University, the Crème de la Crème as far as eating clubs are concerned, is training wheels for real life.  And trust us, it's much easier getting into a Marc Jacobs party than it is into Ivy (and that's even when Marc Jacob's is canceled).  That's because before you're accepted, you must go through the "bicker process", a series of ten screening interviews, followed by discussions amongst members as to whom of the remaining should be admitted.  Before money even comes into play, (and with a $7k price tag it's no small fee for most college student), there are a few questions you have to pass, and unfortunately they don't include your ability to climb up mahogany staircases while intoxicated...

More photos from inside Ivy below...

Ivy reads straight out of a Fitzgerald novel, and being Princeton's first ever eating club (founded in 1879 by Arthur Hawley Scribner), it needs to make sure you fit their highly selective program.  This will, of course determine your social life for the next 3 years, and arguably your identity for the rest of your life.  "Where do you summer?"  "Who are your friends?" "What do your parents do?" These are all acceptable questions that need answering. Along with, "How well can you party?" of course...

Because once you get in, you are going to need to be able to bring your 'A' game out with you. You will have access to the best parties on campus, as well as the best connections among New York's elite (whenever I meet a Princeton student out, 9 times out of 10 they are an Ivy member), and you better know how to leverage that!  Because, while most college students will be chugging Barton's out of a plastic bottles,  you'll be sipping champagne out of crystal flukes off of alumni money.

We recently paid a visit to one of New Jersey's finer towns to score some photos from inside the inside crowd:

And, let's not forget about The Cottege Club and TI (Tiger Inn), both respectable alternatives at Princeton.  Though, the day we get photos from the inside will be the day they get their own post!