Excerpt from Princeton Theological Seminary: Biographical Catalogue, 1909
Another more important change will be noticed. The Catalogue is that of 1894 revised and brought to date, with one marked difference. The students are no longer classified by the year of matriculation, whether belonging to one class or another; but are arranged in their proper classes. It is believed that this change will be welcomed by all former students. It has necessitated an entire recasting of the Catalogue, and in the earlier years has been attended with much difficulty. Indeed, with the first few classes it has been impossible to make an accurate classification, there being no record as to which class a student joined on entering the Seminary. The first published list of the students in the three classes, as far as known, is dated January, 1821. In the present Catalogue the first class is given as that of 1815, although in one instance the student might, perhaps, be given more properly as of 1813 or 1814.
The classes have been divided into two parts, those who completed the full course and received a certificate of graduation, and those who did not. There was difficulty here in the earliest years. The first rule for the granting of such certificates after three years and on examina tion was made by the General Assembly of 1819. The Catalogue will show why it was that the General Assembly so often complained of the fact that so many students failed to complete their full course in the Seminary.
The Special Students have been given after the others and listed by the year Of matriculation, as they Were not regular members of any particular class.
For the first time, all those who came to Princeton Seminary for graduate courses only have been included in the Catalogue, and are to be found at the close of the volume, classified by the year of matricula tion.
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