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Princeton Admissions

The university admitted 6% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 38,019 students applied to Princeton University and 2,167 were admitted.

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

Students who apply to Princeton University for the fall semester should hear back from Princeton University by April 1.

Princeton University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Princeton University's admissions stats.

Princeton University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Mean SAT Score 1518
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 64%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist Yes

Princeton University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Princeton University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Princeton University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Princeton University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Princeton University Admissions

Transferring to Princeton University

For more information on transferring to Princeton University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Princeton University

Princeton University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Princeton University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Princeton University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Princeton University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Princeton University for more information on admission factors.

Princeton University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Princeton University?

Students admitted to Princeton University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Princeton University has 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.

In 2022, 64% of Princeton University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Princeton University?

To be competitive with other Princeton University applicants, you should aim to score between 1500 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Princeton University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1500, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Princeton University student is 1518.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Princeton University students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 730 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Princeton University students scored 780 or higher, and 75% scored a 730 or higher.

To be most competitive at Princeton University, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Princeton University'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 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Princeton University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

More Information on Transferring to Princeton University

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 University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Princeton University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Princeton University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Princeton University.

Does Princeton University accept transfer credits?

✅ Princeton University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ Princeton University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Princeton University?

❌ No, Princeton University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Princeton University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Princeton University is 6%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Princeton University?

❌ Princeton University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Princeton University?

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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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1500 - 1560


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 780

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1560 and Above


1500 to 1560


1500 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Princeton students is 1518. Applicants with SAT scores of 1560 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Princeton, while applicants with SAT scores between 1500 to 1560 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1500 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Princeton.

Princeton GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Princeton, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.95. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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