Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, USA

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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

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Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
0
100
5%
Acceptance Rate
35,370
Students Applied
1%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
9
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
No
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1, 2021
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2021
Fall Regular Decision December 31, 2021 May 1, 2020
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$75
Fee waivers available
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
15%
Out-Of-State Students
82%
US States Represented
53
Countries Represented
97
55%
Submitting ACT
68%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 35
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1503
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
730
75th
800
Reading
25th
710
75th
770
3.90
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
94
Top 25%
99
Top 50%
100

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 609-258-3060
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.59 Average Rating
No set formula will get you in, though there are a number that will keep you out. Your SAT's don't have to be perfect, but ideally they will be above 30. You don't have to have straight A's, but if you go to a second rate public school like I did...you kind of do. On the other hand, if you submit an application, your chances of admission go up infinitely; and if you get accepted here, there is absolutely no reason not to matriculate. Princeton is hands down the most undergraduate-focused of the big three Ivies, and that certainly played a large role in my decision-making process, as it should in yours.
A Midwestern Boy
Be prepared to work harder than you ever imagined, but also to have a true life-changing experience. My biggest piece of advice is to explore all of your options when you get to campus. Both in academics and extracurriculars, try things you haven't done before and don't feel too obligated to make binding decisions early on. The Princeton community is all about having new experiences and lots of them, so take advantage of that!
Carolyn from Portage, IN
Don't let your senioritis carry over...mine did. Also I was never the grade grubbing type in high school - it was rigorous but I was smart enough to excel without caring too mucha bout my grades - but that is hurting me now.
Tiger '13
My Dad (who went to Princeton and does interviews for them) says to know what you want to say during the interview. DON'T complain about how much homework you have, because you will have so much more homework there than you do in High School. When the interviewer contacts you, be prompt about getting back to them, he has had so many people that contacted him back after the information from the interview was due.

Make sure you have an answer to the question beforehand: Why do you want to go to Princeton?
It's very important and many students can't even answer it for him!
Gabriella
No one knows the secrets to getting into a school like this. The best advice I have is to pursue things that you are really passionate about. These are the most valuable experiences both from and resume standpoint and for you to grow as a person.
2016 Tiger
-Keep an eye out for the people who aren't taking Princeton for granted - they're the people you're going to want to be friends with.
-Don't be afraid to try new things and join new groups - at the very least, you'll get to sample lots of different kinds of free foods.
-You were probably pretty outstanding in high school and that's going to be stripped away and you're going to feel humbled and it's going to be hard. Stay in touch with people back home to keep you grounded and don't let yourself get insecure - you're here for a reason.
Annika from Eugene, OR
Know why you want to come; because it's Princeton is not a good enough reason. It won't convince admissions officers (they know it's Princeton) and it won't prepare you for your experience here. You should have some feel for the work load, the expectations, and the culture before you enroll. If you don't, you'll probably end up loving it anyway, but you will have a VERY difficult first semester.
Tara from Lebanon, NJ
Service, SAT, leadership, excellence in an area of interest and leading a life of character.
GA
There are no transfers, so work hard and try again for graduate school if you are rejected for Princeton's undergraduate program.
Tim from Singapore