Princeton’s First Eating Club

Eating clubs are unique to Princeton. They were created by students as an alternative to the limited dining options then available to undergraduates, in an era when the University had banned fraternities. Formed in 1879, Ivy was the first eating club, and its founders helped to establish the club system which became, and remains, the center of dining and social life for most Princeton upperclassmen.

The Ivy Club is an independent, non-profit association whose members are or have been Princeton University undergraduates. In addition to meals and social gatherings, the Club sponsors educational programs and seeks to provide its members a comfortable, supportive environment that encourages intellectual and personal growth.