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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate4%
Acceptance Rate4%

About Princeton

Princeton University Overview

Princeton University is a private, nonprofit school in the suburban setting of Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton was founded in 1746 and the school now enrolls around 8,478 students per year, including 5,321 undergrad students. Princeton provides housing for up to 5,117 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Princeton for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by March 31.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Princeton!

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

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

Princeton does not have any greek life opportunties.

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.

2022 Princeton Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 4%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.9
Tuition $57,410
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $61,731

Is Princeton a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

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

2022 Acceptance Rate for Princeton University

The university admitted 4% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 37,601 applications received in 2022, 1,647 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Princeton

Retention refers to 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 96% of students who start at Princeton return for their second year of college. Princetonhas a six year graduation rate of 98 for undergrads. 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 for Princeton Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Princeton by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 62% of graduates from Princeton recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent Princeton grads is $79,208 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Princeton University'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.

Princeton's endowment was valued at $37.7 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $70,945 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Princeton

Tuition 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 $61,731 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $10,299 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served 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! 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, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! 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 would like to see Princeton for yourself, be sure to 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

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.

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

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Princeton is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Princeton. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Princeton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1470 - 1560


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1560 and Above


1470 to 1560


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.

Princeton Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

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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