Princeton’s First Eating Club

Eating clubs are unique to Princeton. They were created by students as an alternative to the limited dining and social options 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 upperclassmen.

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