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About Princeton

Princeton University is a prestigious Ivy League university in Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton is one of the oldest universities in the US and is renowned for its academic excellence and distinguished faculty. The university is also well known for its iconic Gothic architecture. As a leader in education and innovation, Princeton is committed to research and students and staff at all levels contribute to the advancement of knowledge. 

Some of the most popular academic programs at Princeton include economics, public policy, computer science, engineering, biology, and political science. Students have many opportunities to participate in research, internships, and study abroad programs. Additionally, students are often encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that align with their academic interests and experiences. 

Princeton’s campus is characterized by a strong sense of tradition, close-knit community and active student life. There are many student organizations, events, and activities for students to participate in. Some of the most popular of these activities include the student-run newspaper, the comedy club, performing arts groups like a cappella and dance, student government, and the entrepreneurship club. 

Princeton University competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Ivy League Conference. Some of the most popular sports at the university include football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. 

Did You Know?

The eating clubs system at Princeton is a unique system and distinct feature of social life at the university. The system is composed of private, student-run organizations that provide alternative dining options and additional benefits. These clubs offer an alternative to the on-campus dining and student events and are a big aspect of socializing for students. Students who successfully join a club and become members gain access to the club’s dining options, club facilities, and social events. 

What the CC community is saying about Princeton

"First, let's make sure everyone [knows] what eating clubs are and how they work. Eating clubs are places where juniors and seniors take their meals and where, along with other locations, the entire student body socializes... Approximately 80% of juniors and seniors are club members... I can say that after spending a year hanging out at the clubs on weekends, I have not gotten an elitist vibe at all. Even at the clubs where I probably wouldn't fit in, the members have been very welcoming."

"As an RA at Princeton, my main qualm with the club system is that some people figure out the street immediately and become obsessed with it. Social climbers and children of the well-off immediately notice that bicker clubs overwhelmingly possess prettier, richer, and more party-hard types. Thus within a few weeks of orientation, the newness of Princeton wears out and you see the cliques already forming... People are devastated when they don't get into a club, and it's even worse when all your roommates or your best friend does. I've talked to students who think that their social lives are ruined because they didn't get into a club. As these students enter junior year, they face conflicting feelings and pressures about re-bickering a club."

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Princeton University is a private, nonprofit college in the suburb of Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton was founded in 1746. The college enrolls around 8,478 students a year, including 5,321 undergraduate students.

Princeton Acceptance Rate 2022

Around 4% of applicants get into Princeton each year. In 2022, 37,601 students applied to Princeton and 1,647 were admitted.

Princeton University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 4%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes

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Princeton University is locatedin the town of Princeton, New Jersey, in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia.

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PO Box 430 Princeton, NJ 08544-0430

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 University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Princeton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1470 - 1560


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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1560 and Above


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1470 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Princeton students is 1501. Applicants with SAT scores of 1560 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Princeton, while applicants with SAT scores between 1470 to 1560 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1470 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Princeton.

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Wondering what life at Princeton is like? There are approximately 8,478 students enrolled at Princeton, including 5,321 undergraduate students and 3,157 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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