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About Princeton

Princeton Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Princeton will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Princeton Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Princeton University Overview

Princeton University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton was founded in 1746 and now enrolls around 7,852 students a year, including 4,773 undergrads. Princeton provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Princeton! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Princeton's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Princeton students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Princeton, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Princeton has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Princeton on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Princeton on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! January 1, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by April 1.

2021 Princeton Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 15%
Average GPA 3.9
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 15%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 71%
Tuition $53,890

Is Princeton a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better idea of what Princeton offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

Princeton Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Princeton. The acceptance rate at Princeton is 6%. Out of 32,835 applications received in 2021, 1,848 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Princeton

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 83% of students who start at Princeton return the next year. Around 98% of students who started at Princeton earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 Outlook Princeton Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 72% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Princeton grads have an average starting salary of $68,422 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Princeton's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $25.9 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $62,980 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Princeton

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. 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.

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.

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

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Princeton. Based on this information, how does Princeton sound? Remember, a school that is perfect 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?

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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Princeton and Princeton are like without leaving home.

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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.

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Princeton ACT Scores


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32 - 35

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Composite SAT Range

1460 - 1560


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

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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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