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Princeton Admissions Information

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Princeton University was chartered in 1746, making it the fourth oldest university in the nation. It is a member of the Ivy League and is a world-renowned academic and research institution. In fact, Princeton requires all students–in their junior and senior years–to conduct independent research with a faculty member his or her major department. Projects span all disciplines; some are research based, some experimental and others are conducted through fieldwork or artistic projects.

Two noteworthy components of the academic structure at Princeton are the freshman seminars and the preceptorial system. Each year, more than 70 seminars are available for first year students. They are conducted in small groups comprised of no more than 17 students and are led by some of Princeton’s most distinguished professors. As a continuation of the freshman seminars, most lecture courses include a preceptorial, or small discussion group, that meets once or more a week to discuss course information in further detail. These individualized academic experiences are fostered by the very low student to faculty ratio of 6:1.

Beyond the academic prestige of Princeton, the school is also noted for its location in a suburban area of central New Jersey, which fosters an excellent sense of community on campus. This is evidenced by the fact that 98% of students live on campus throughout all of their undergraduate experience. During the first two years, all students live in one of six residential colleges, which focus on intellectual, social and cultural activities. Furthermore, students are involved in a wide array of organizations and community service efforts, from Amnesty International to the Yoga Club. In addition, Princeton’s location allows easy access (via car, bus or train) to nearby cities, including Philadelphia and New York.



Basic Info

Main Address: Box 430
Princeton, NJ 08542-0430
Phone Number: (609) 258-3000  
Website: www.princeton.edu  


Type of school: Private, Four-year  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban setting, Large town; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,113  
Percent out-of-state: 81%  
Percent international: 10%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 6:1  
Most popular majors: Economics, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Apartments For Married Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
International students
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz band
Marching band
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #3, Best College Library
  • Ranked #3, Great Financial Aid
  • Ranked #10, Best Classroom Experience
  • Ranked #8, Most Beautiful Campus
  • Ranked #10, Students Study the Most

Admissions Information

Princeton is one of the most selective universities in the country, with an annual acceptance rate of 10%. According to the admissions website, Princeton seeks students whose high school record reflects excellence both inside and outside the classroom.

Admissions officers seek a variety of talents, personal qualities and individual achievements in their applicants. To assess this, a variety of factors are considered. These include essays, recommendations, extracurricular activities, community service, transcripts and standardized tests. While cutoffs for grades or standardized test scores exist, it is important to note that most accepted students are highly academically achieving with average total SAT scores of about 2100. Overall, they recommend that prospective students use the application and particularly the essays to paint an honest picture of themselves beyond grades and test scores. An applicant should show the admissions board what makes him or her stand out and how he or she would contribute to the university if granted admission.

Admissions address: Admission Office
Box 430
Princeton, NJ 08542-0430
Phone number: (609) 258-3060  
Fax number: (609) 258-6743  
Admissions Website: http://www.princeton.edu/admission/  
Email: uaoffice@princeton.edu  
Contact Person: Janet Rapelye, Dean of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 21,963  
Percent of applicants admitted: 10%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: Not applicable  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Completed Common Application (with supplement and personal statement)
Standardized test scores
2 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report (including transcript and guidance counselor recommendation)
Mid Year Report/Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with writing
Required: SAT II Subject Tests
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2672  
ACT code: 2588  
Learn more about other Ivy Leauge schools:
Brown University   Dartmouth   Yale   Harvard  

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