Princeton UniversityPrinceton 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.

Over 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 of 5 to 1 and access to remarkable libraries and art collections.

Princeton University campus

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.


Acceptance Rate

Princeton acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Princeton University average GPA

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Princeton University SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Princeton ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Single choice early action: Nov. 1

Regular decision: Jan. 1

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 32,836
Enrolled: 1,335
Yield: 70.4%
Acceptance rate: 5.6%

Single Choice Early Action Admissions
Princeton admitted 791 2020 (Class of 2024) SCEA applicants

Transfer Admissions
Princeton admitted 13 transfer applicants in the spring of 2020.

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 668
Admitted off waitlist: 1
Acceptance rate: 0.1%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.91
Top 10% of High School: N/A

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1470-1560
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 710-770
SAT Math: 750-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 31-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Princeton does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not equired

Princeton requires the writing portion Writing portion not required

Princeton does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

* Student-athletes must still take either the ACT or SAT in accordance with Ivy League recruitment requirements.

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Princeton graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Princeton score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 89.8%
5 years: 96.6%
6 years: 97.9%

Loan default rate: 0.9%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 215

Salary after attending: $74,700

R&D Expenditures: $373.6 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 26
Robberies: 1
Aggravated assaults: 1
Burglaries: 16
Car thefts: 5

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Princeton financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $71,710

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $75,210

Net Cost
Average: $18,712

By income
$0 to $30,000: $1,386
$30,001 to $48,000: $2,044
$48,001 to $75,000: $7,576
$75,001 to $110,000: $16,989
$110,001 and more: $36,747

Graduates with student debt: 17%

Average student debt at graduation: $9,445

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Princeton undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Princeton student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 5 to 1

Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 75%
20 to 39: 13%
40 to 99: 8%
100+: 4%

Student Population
Total: 8,419
Undergraduate: 5,422

Student Residence
In State: 17%
Out of State: 69%
International: 14%

Princeton University student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.