Princeton University is located out of the big city limelight, in a small, pleasant New Jersey town about an hour’s train ride from either New York City or Philadelphia. Although it might be considered one of the quieter members of the Ivy League, Princeton University holds a place in American – and even international – education and public life that is second to none.
Since its founding in 1746, Princeton has educated thousands of men and women who have made historic contributions in government, science, and the arts. Princeton graduates did much to shape the internationalist outlook of the American statesmen and diplomats who led the United States into its post-World War II era of leadership.
In the field of the sciences, it’s hard to imagine what the history of the twentieth century would look like without the contributions made by Princeton University physicists, mathematicians, and economists. They include John F. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician portrayed in the film “A Beautiful Mind.” Princeton also has an important place in the arts, counting some of the past century’s most influential writers among its alumni and faculty – among them Eugene O’Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Toni Morrison.
Approximately 1,300 freshmen enter Princeton University each fall. They come from across the United States and around the world. Princeton students enjoy the benefits of an extremely low student-to-faculty ratio (approximately 5 to 1) and access to remarkable libraries and art collections.
Princeton University sees itself as a research university with an enduring commitment to undergraduate teaching. This mission is reflected in the senior thesis that all Princeton seniors are required to submit. These theses are original works, typically about one hundred pages long, in which students apply the knowledge and skills they have gained at Princeton to a topic of particular interest to them. Senior theses can be anything from scientific papers to works of fiction or poetry. The thesis provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to exercise their intellectual skills, and the chance to cap their undergraduate work with a written product of substance and quality that is typically expected only of graduate students. The thesis, like the Princeton University educational experience itself, is an achievement of lasting value that benefits Princeton graduates throughout their careers.
Single choice early action: Nov. 1
Regular decision: Jan. 1
Princeton will start admitting transfer students in 2018 — for the first time since 1990!
Number of 2016 (Class of 2020) applicants: 29,303
Acceptance rate: 6.46%
Single Choice Early Action Admissions
Number of 2016 (Class of 2020) SCEA applicants: 4,229
Acceptance rate: 18.56%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 857
Admitted off waitlist: 39
Acceptance rate: 4.6%
Transfer Admission Statistics
Princeton University has not admitted transfers since 1990. However, in February 2016, the school announced that it plans to have a transfer plan in place by 2018 to help it achieve its growth goals.
Average GPA: 3.90
Top 10% of High School: 94%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 690-790
SAT Math: 700-800
SAT Writing: 710-790
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-35
ACT English: 32-35
ACT Math: 31-35
ACT Writing: 8-10
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion required
SAT Subject Tests are recommended
4 years: 90%
5 years: 96%
6 years: 97%
Loan default rate: 2.4%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 209
Salary after attending: $77,900
Sex offenses: 6
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 14
Tuition, room and board (2016-2017): $60,090
Total estimated cost of attendance: $65,190
|$0 to $30,000:||$3,461|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$5,158|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$7,089|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$18,375|
|$110,001 and more:||$26,627|
Graduates with student debt: 16%
Average student debt at graduation: $8,577
Student to Faculty Ratio: 5 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||16%|
|40 to 99:||9%|
In State: 16%
Out of State: 71%
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