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About Princeton

Princeton University is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton was founded in 1746 and now enrolls around 7,852 students a year, including 4,773 undergrads.

As of 2021, the total market value of Princeton's endowment was $25.944 billion The institution spends around $62,980 for each full-time student enrolled. Princeton employs one full-time professor for every 4 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Princeton Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 15%
Average GPA 3.9
Tuition $53,890

Princeton Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to Princeton for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Princeton by April 1.

Early Admission at Princeton

Princeton University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Princeton is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Princeton admits 15% of students that apply early action.

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Princeton Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Princeton. The acceptance rate at Princeton is 6%. In 2021, 1,848 out of 32,835 total applicants were accepted.

Princeton Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 820 applicants were waitlisted and 26 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

How Do I Get Into Princeton University?

Princeton is considered extremely difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Princeton, applicants must submit the following items.

Princeton Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Graded Written Paper
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

Princeton Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.9 /4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Princeton.

Does Princeton Require Test Scores?

Princeton does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 71% submitted the SAT. 45% submitted the ACT.

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Does Princeton Have Dorms?

Yes! Princeton provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Princeton.

Financial Aid at Princeton

Princeton meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $50,459 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Princeton a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Princeton

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Princeton, around 83% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,312 students who started at Princeton as first-time freshman, 1,175 graduate within four years.

Princeton's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 98%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 72% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $68,422 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $9,445 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Princeton sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Princeton a good school for you?

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Where is Princeton University Located?

Princeton is located in the suburban setting of Princeton, New Jersey, less than an hour from New York City and Philadelphia.

If you want to see Princeton for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 1 to Princeton, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Newark Liberty International.

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College Info

P.O. Box 430 Princeton, NJ 08544-1019

Campus Setting: Suburban

Princeton Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Princeton is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Princeton is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Princeton ACT Scores


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Composite SAT Range

1460 - 1560


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


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Wondering what life at Princeton is like? There are approximately 7,852 students enrolled at Princeton, including 4,773 undergraduate students and 3,079 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from NJ and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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