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Princeton Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Princeton, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Princeton by April 1.

Princeton Admissions Stats at a Glance

Princeton 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 71%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 45%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Princeton?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Princeton will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Princeton accepts about 15% of early action applicants and 6% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Princeton admitted 791 of the 5,386 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Princeton University

Getting into Princeton is extremely difficult. Princeton evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Princeton accepted 6% of students, around 1,848 of the 32,835 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Princeton, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Princeton waitlisted 820 students. Of those, 598 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important to Get In to Princeton?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Princeton

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Princeton Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Princeton must submit the following items. Double check with Princeton's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Other Requirements Graded Written Paper
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Princeton?

Students admitted to Princeton have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Princeton University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 32.05%
3.50 and 3.74 4.89%
3.25 and 3.49 2.53%
3.00 and 3.24 0.87%
2.50 and 2.9 0.18%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Princeton considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Princeton is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 71% of Princeton's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Princeton?

To be competitive with other Princeton applicants, you should strive to earn between 1460 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Princeton 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1460, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Princeton students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Princeton students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Princeton?

To be most competitive at Princeton, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Princeton's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Princeton students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Princeton University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Princeton.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Princeton during the following terms: - Fall Term

Princeton Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Princeton?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Princeton.

Does Princeton accept transfer credits?

Princeton accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Princeton accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Princeton accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Princeton?

Princeton is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Princeton's acceptance rate?

Princeton's acceptance rate is 6%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Princeton?

The early action acceptance rate at Princeton was 15% in 2021.

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Princeton Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

6%

How hard is it to get into Princeton? Princeton is a selective institution. The Princeton acceptance rate is 6%. This means that the institution accepts 5 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

32 to 35

Avg

32 and Less

Low

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Princeton SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1460 - 1560

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Math SAT Range

740 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

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Princeton GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.92

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Princeton, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.92. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

7,852

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

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Tuition and Fees

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$53,890

Out-of-State

$53,890

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