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Combining the strengths of real research muscle with a flexible liberal arts programme, Princeton offers an exceptional undergraduate education. It is no surprise then that it is often ranked the #1 education in the country (if not the world), and is often the most competitive college to be accepted into. Princeton is well regarded across the arts (for example, its international relations courses at the Woodrow Wilson school are world renowned) and the sciences (engineering at this university is among the toughest programme in the country), and unlike other Ivy Leagues, the university requires all its undergraduates to complete a dissertation before graduating. In addition to its vibrant sports scene (it has some of the best American Football and Lacrosse teams in the US), students at Princeton may get to enjoy joining one of the elusive Eating Clubs in their 3rd and 4th years.