From the School

Princeton combines the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. The University prepares its 5,200 undergraduates for lives of leadership and service.

Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the nation. It is a private, non-sectarian university.

Overall

From The School

Princeton's admission process goes beyond simply looking for academically accomplished students. For each freshman class, Princeton brings together a varied mix of high-achieving, intellectually gifted students from diverse backgrounds to create an exceptional learning community. American minorities comprise about 41 percent of the undergraduate student body, and students from nearly 100 countries are represented.

Princeton cares about what students have accomplished in and out of the classroom. The admission process is highly selective. In 2014, the university offered admission to 7.4 percent of applicants for the class of 2018.

Students applying to Princeton are asked to describe their talents, academic accomplishments, and personal achievements. A transcript and recommendations also are required. To be considered for admission to Princeton, students must submit the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT (with Writing, where offered). In addition, all applicants must submit the results of two different SAT Subject Tests. The university accepts both online and paper applications. Princeton does not accept transfer students.

Under Princeton's admission policy, need for financial aid is not in any way a disadvantage. Princeton welcomes applications from talented students of diverse economic backgrounds.

Overview

Applicants
26,641
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average HS GPA
3.91

GPA Breakdown

88%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
2%
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
690 - 800
SAT Math
710 - 800
ACT Composite
31 - 35

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

As a member of the grand old Ivy League, Princeton University has long maintained a “sterling reputation” for quality academics; however, students say Princeton’s “unique focus on the undergraduate experience” is what makes their school stand out among institutions. It attracts “really experienced and big-name professors, who actually want to teach undergraduates.” Introductory lecture classes can be rather large, but “once you take upper-level courses, you’ll have a lot of chances to work closely with professors and study what you are most interested in.” A current undergrad enthuses, “The discussions I have in seminar are the reason I get out of bed in the morning; after a great class, I feel incredibly invigorated.” Though all Princeton professors are “leading scholars in their field,” students admit that some classes can be “dry.” Fortunately, “the overwhelming majority of professors are wonderful, captivating lecturers” who are “dedicated to their students.” While you may be taking a class from a Nobel laureate, “The humility and accessibility of world-famous researchers and public figures is always remarkable.” At Princeton, “there are so many chances to meet writers, performers, and professionals you admire.” A student details, “The two years I’ve been here, I’ve been in discussions with Frank Gehry, David Sedaris, Peter Hessler, John McPhee, Jeff Koons, Chang-rae Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, W.S. Merwin, and on and on.” No matter what you study, Princeton is an “intellectually challenging place,” and the student experience is “intense in almost every way.” Hard work pays off, though “the academic caliber of the school is unparalleled,” and a Princeton education is “magnificently rewarding.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
1,103
with Terminal Degree
965

736
Men
367
Women
235
Minority
99
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Woodrow Wilson
US President

Bill Bradley
US Senator and NBA All-Star

Jimmy Stewart
Actor

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writer

James Madison
US President

Meg Whitman
Founder, CEO, Ebay

Jeff Bezos
Founder, CEO, Amazon.com

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Estimated cost of attendance for 2013-14
Tuition: $ $41,820
Room charge: $ 7,570
Board rate: $6,050
Estimated miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, laundry, telephone, recreation, etc.): $3,525
Total: $$58,965

Financial Aid

Princeton offers one of the strongest need-based financial aid programs in the country, ensuring that all qualified students, regardless of financial need, can afford to attend. There is no income cutoff on Princeton's aid application; any family who feels the need for financial assistance is welcome to apply for aid.

Since 2001, when Princeton initiated its landmark no-loan financial aid program, the university has been a leader in changing the face of financial aid policy. Central to the program is Princeton's groundbreaking "no-loan" policy; the university offers every aid recipient a financial aid package that replaces loans with grant aid that students do not pay back.

If admitted, applicants can be confident that their financial need, as determined by Princeton's aid office, will be met. Today, about 60 percent of undergraduates receive aid, compared with 38 percent more than a decade ago. As a result, Princeton has been able to enroll growing numbers of students from lowand middle-income backgrounds. About 75 percent of students graduate without debt, and those who choose to borrow for additional expenses, such as a laptop computer, graduate with an average debt of $5,500. The average aid package for the Class of 2018 was $ $44,700, which exceeds the cost of tuition.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
99
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

If you can afford it, Princeton is far from cheap. A year’s tuition is more than $40,100, plus about $13,000 in room and board. You’ll pay another $545 in fees, not to mention personal and academic expenses each year. These figures are nothing to scoff at. However, if you qualify for aid, you’ll be granted the amount you need, without loans.

Bang For Your Buck

Princeton operates need-blind admissions, as well as one of the strongest need-based financial aid programs in the country. Once a student is admitted, Princeton meets 100 percent of each student’s demonstrated financial need. One of the first schools in the country to do so, Princeton has eliminated all loans for students who qualify for aid—it is possible to graduate from this Ivy League school without debt. Financial awards come in the form of grants, which do not need to be repaid. About 60 percent of Princeton students receive financial aid, with an average grant of about $36,000 (more than Princeton’s tuition). No need to pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming. In recent years, the amount of grant aid available at Princeton has outpaced the annual increase in school fees. Good news for international students: Financial aid packages extend to international admits as well.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,115

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,097

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$6,600

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
6%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,740

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,820
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Princeton is a residential campus that provides a close-knit living environment for its undergraduates. Through its six residential colleges, students pursue a host of recreational and academic activities. The residential colleges also serve as home base for academic advising for students, who learn about all that the university has to offer from faculty and staff advisers, peer mentors, and fellow students.

With more than 300 student organizations, as well as an extensive calendar of cultural and athletic events, students find it easy to pursue their interests or explore new ones. The Frist Campus Center serves as the hub of campus life, and is home to the Women's Center, the Davis International Center, the LGBT Center, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and the Undergraduate Student Government, as well as many other student clubs and organizations.

For many students, social life at Princeton includes becoming a member of an eating club. The 10 historic eating clubs are open to juniors and seniors and are run independently of the university. Fraternities and sororities are not recognized as official student organizations on campus.

Princeton is an NCAA Division I school. The university offers 38 varsity sports and 36 club teams. Each year more than 1,000 students participate in intercollegiate varsity and junior varsity sports. In any given year, more than half of Princeton's varsity athletic teams compete in national championships. In recent years, Princeton teams have won national titles in lacrosse, rowing, fencing, track and field, and squash. The women's basketball team finished its 2014-15 regular season with an unprecedented 30-0 record.

Students Say

It’s not surprising that most undergraduates are “driven, competitive, and obsessed with perfection.” “Academics come first,” and Princeton students are typified by dedication to their studies and “a tendency to overwork.” “Almost everyone at Princeton is involved with something other than school about which they are extremely passionate,” and most have “at least one distinct, remarkable talent.” “It’s fairly easy for most people to find a good group of friends with whom they have something in common,” and many students get involved in one of the “infinite number of clubs” on campus. Superficially, “the preppy Ivy League stereotype” is reflected in the student population, and many students are “well-spoken,” “dress nicely,” and stay in shape. A student jokes, “Going to Princeton is like being in a contest to see who can be the biggest nerd while simultaneously appearing least nerdy.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,391
Out of State
82%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
92

Demographics

49% female
51% male
82% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Princeton is a residential campus set on 500 park-like acres located in the town of Princeton (pop: 30,000) in central New Jersey. Known for its beauty and architectural variety, including the famed "Collegiate Gothic" style of architecture, the campus is home to historic landmarks such as Nassau Hall, which was built in 1756 and played an important role during the American Revolution.

Princeton students enjoy convenient transportation options to New York City and Philadelphia, both only about an hour away by car. Other nearby attractions include numerous parks, cultural venues, and commercial hubs. For arts lovers, the McCarter Theatre is a campus treasure within easy walking distance.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Academic support services include academic advising centered in each of the six residential colleges (for A.B. students) and in the engineering school (for B.S.E. students); the McGraw Center, which offers workshops and individual consultations with students as they evolve as scholars; and the Writing Program, which strengthens students' writing skills through a required seminar. Ongoing tutoring sessions also are available at the program's Writing Center.

Throughout their undergraduate careers, Princeton students are supported by a range of first-rate academic resources, including libraries, laboratories, and one of the leading university art museums in the country. The largest library on campus, Firestone Library, contains more than 70 miles of shelving and a vast range of electronic resources. The Peter B. Lewis Library, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, offers impressive print and digital collections in the sciences. In the past several years, new initiatives in African American studies and neuroscience have resulted in expanded activities.

A new state-of-art and environmentally sustainable science facility houses the chemistry department and provides laboratory space for research and teaching. A new neuroscience and psychology building recently opened, and the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is scheduled to open in 2015.

Numerous venues for the arts as well as a range of athletic facilities also are available.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Student Organizations & Activities

Academic support services include academic advising centered in each of the six residential colleges (for A.B. students) and in the engineering school (for B.S.E. students); the McGraw Center, which offers workshops and individual consultations with students as they evolve as scholars; and the Writing Program, which strengthens students' writing skills through a required seminar. Ongoing tutoring sessions also are available at the program's Writing Center.

Throughout their undergraduate careers, Princeton students are supported by a range of first-rate academic resources, including libraries, laboratories, and one of the leading university art museums in the country. The largest library on campus, Firestone Library, contains more than 70 miles of shelving and a vast range of electronic resources. The Peter B. Lewis Library, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, offers impressive print and digital collections in the sciences. In the past several years, new initiatives in African American studies and neuroscience have resulted in expanded activities.

A new state-of-art and environmentally sustainable science facility houses the chemistry department and provides laboratory space for research and teaching. A new neuroscience and psychology building recently opened, and the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is scheduled to open in 2015.

Numerous venues for the arts as well as a range of athletic facilities also are available.

Students Say

Princeton students “tend to participate in a lot of different activities, from varsity sports (recruits), intramural sports (high school athletes), and more academically restricted activities like autonomous vehicle design club, Engineers Without Borders, and the literary magazine.” In and out of the classroom, there are a “billion opportunities to do what you know you love” on the Princeton campus, from performance to sports to research. “Princeton offers a lot of different opportunities to relax and de-stress,” including “sporting events, concerts, recreational facilities,” “a movie theater that frequently screens current films for free,” and “arts and crafts at the student center.” For some, social life is centered along Prospect Avenue, where “Princeton’s eating clubs are lined up like ten booze-soaked ducklings in a row.” These eating clubs—private houses that serve as social clubs and cafeterias for upperclassmen—“play a large role in the social scene at the university.” On the weekends, “the eating clubs are extremely popular for partying, chatting, drinking, and dancing”—not to mention, “free beer.” “The campus is gorgeous year-round;” however, when students need a break from the college atmosphere, “there’s NJ Transit if you want to go to New York, Philly, or even just the local mall.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
91
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
89

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
28

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Tigers)
20 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Light Weight Football
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Tigers)
18 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rutgers University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rutgers University

Sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, Princeton University won’t settle for merely meeting benchmarks—it wants to exceed them. The university aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, even while expanding its campus by more than half a million square feet. How will this ambitious goal be achieved? To begin with, all new non-laboratory buildings will strive to be at least 50 percent more energy-efficient than required by code. The university will invest $45 million over the next ten years to cut back on utility usage on campus, and—through incentives for faculty and students—will reduce by 15 percent the number of cars coming to campus by 2020. Princeton is conserving resources in other ways as well: With low-flow fixtures and other solutions, annual campus water usage has declined 25 percent since 2006. The university only purchases 100 percent post-consumer, chlorine- free recycled office paper. resulting in greenhouse gas savings equivalent to taking 16 cars off the road for a year. Princeton has also made an effort to address green issues in its curriculum. In 2014, 20 percent of graduating seniors had engaged in academic or research efforts in sustainability. Many are drawn by the university’s broad array of green course offerings: Nearly 270 courses offered at Princeton since 2009 have incorporated sustainability. More than sixty classes have a sustainability component. Finally, Princeton has installed a massive 5.3-megawatt photovoltaic solar array (16,500 solar panels!) generating a whopping 8 million kilowatt hours annually, equivalent to powering 700 homes.

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
60%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
9

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Agreements with Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Janet Lavin Rapelye
Dean of Admission

Address
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 430
Princeton, NJ 08542-0430

Phone
6092583060


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Nassau Hall
Firestone Library
McCarter Theater
University Art Museum
University Chapel
Frist Campus Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Washington's Crossing (Delaware River)
Institute for Advanced Study
Jersey Shore
Access to cities: New York and Philadelphia
Waterfront Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:45am-5pm (summer hours 8:30am-4:30pm)
6092583060

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday through Friday and most fall Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Newark and Philadelphia International Airports are an hour from campus. From the Newark Airport, NJ Transit trains stop near the airport (take monorail from terminals) and disembark at Princeton Junction (take Dinky described below); A1 Limo or Princeton Airporter is available for the trip to campus. Princeton Airporter courtesy phones are located at the airport terminal's limousine counters. The vans take passengers to the Nassau Inn, one block from the university. From the Philadelphia Airport, take either a limousine or the airport shuttle train to Philadelphia's 30th St. Station; from there, take an Amtrak train to Princeton Junction. Rental cars are available at both airports. Amtrak train service to Princeton Junction is available through NYC and through Philadelphia. From Princeton Junction the Princeton Shuttle, a 1-car train (known as the Dinky), makes the 5-minute trip to Princeton. (Note: The Dinky does not meet every train; contact New Jersey Transit for a current schedule before making plans.) Bus service to Princeton is provided by New Jersey's Suburban Transit Corporation; every half hour throughout the day, buses leave NYC's Port Authority terminal for Princeton. The same schedule is followed for buses from Princeton to NYC.

Driving Instructions to Campus
(For a recording of travel instructions to campus, call 609-258-2222) From north and south, take the New Jersey Tpke. to Exit 8 (Hightstown) and follow signs for Hightstown, then for Princeton. (Note that the NJ Tpke. is coincident with I-95 from central to northern New Jersey.) From the Philadelphia area, you also can take I-95 N. to U.S. 1 N. Follow U.S. 1 to the Hightstown/Princeton circle, and follow signs to Princeton. From the west, the Pennsylvania Tpke. (I-76, then I-276 E.) connects to the NJ Tpke.; take the NJ Tpke. north to Exit 8 (Hightstown) and follow signs for Hightstown, then for Princeton. For a recording of instructions to campus, call 609-258-2222.

Local Accommodations
The Peacock Inn (20 Bayard Lane, at the junction of Rte. 206 and Nassau St.; 609-924-1707) is a historic country inn with simple accommodations for overnight visitors. Rates for its 17 rooms range from moderate to expensive. Nassau Inn (10 Palmer Square; 609-921-7500) is within walking distance of the university, but it's expensive. The closest and cheapest motel is the MacIntosh Inn (3270 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville; 609-896-3700), 5 miles from campus. About the same distance away is Red Roof Inn (3203 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville; 609-896-3388). The Hyatt Regency Princeton (102 Carnegie Ctr.; 609-987-1234), only 4 miles away, has special rates for Princeton visitors.
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Key Stats

26,641
Applicants
5,391
Size
7%
Acceptance Rate
1500
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists