Meet NJ Students

The student body of Princeton University hails from all over the United States and the world, but about 16% of the undergraduate students are from New Jersey, representing almost every county in the state.  Learn about the experiences at Princeton of some New Jersey students.


Anthony Hein

Anthony Hein, '22
Colonia, NJ

Anthony Hein ‘22, of Colonia, New Jersey, attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Iselin. He is a computer science concentrator pursuing certificates in statistics and machine learning; robotics and intelligent systems; and applied and computational mathematics.

In September 2020, Hein was awarded The George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize. The prize is awarded each year to members of the junior class in recognition of exceptional academic achievement during sophomore year.

Hein serves as chief technology officer for The Daily Princetonian and treasurer for the Princeton PUZZLES club.  He is also a computing mentor as part of the “CS Education for All” Community Projects Studio and a lab teaching assistant for the electrical engineering course “Contemporary Logic Design.”

The First College member said he is inspired by Princeton’s Christopher Moretti, a lecturer in computer science, who has motivated him to exemplify one of the University’s main tenets: service.


Karena Yan

Karena Yan, '23
Morganville, NJ

Karena Yan ‘23, of Morganville, New Jersey, attended High Technology High School in Lincroft. She is concentrating in operations research and financial engineering and pursuing certificates in environmental studies and possibly dance or creative writing.

In September 2020, Yan won the Freshman First Honor Prize. The prize is awarded to members of the sophomore class in recognition of exceptional achievement during the first year.

Outside of the classroom, this member of Butler College is passionate about dancing, particularly traditional and ethnic Chinese styles, and serves as the tech chair for Triple 8 Dance Company. Yan is a member of two other arts groups: Arch & Arrow Literary Collective and the Princeton Aerial Arts Club. She is a co-leader of Greening Dining and treasurer for the Princeton Birding Society. Yan also spends time working on service projects to de-stigmatize mental health and promote body positivity at Princeton.