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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.

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Overview

Applicants
31,056
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average HS GPA
3.89

GPA Breakdown

87%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
710 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
720 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

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

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
1,149
with Terminal Degree
1,000

758
Men
391
Women
206
Minority
76
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
97%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Molecular Biology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Operations Research.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Portuguese Language and Literature.
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Music, Other.


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.”

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
97%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$69,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$147,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$71,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$151,900

Percent High Job Meaning
44%

Percent STEM
47%


Students Say

As one student tells us, “Princeton is a place that prepares you for anything and everything, providing you with a strong network every step of the way.” Career Services lends a hand the moment students arrive on campus by guiding undergrads through self-assessments, educating about majors and careers, updating HireTigers—which holds hundreds of listings for jobs, fellowships, and internships—and, of course, strategize regarding resumes, cover letters, and online profiles. “Princeternships” allow students to experience “a day in the life” by shadowing an alumnus at their workplace for a few days. According to PayScale.com, the average starting salary for recent grads is $69,800.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$52,800

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$51,365

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
18%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$9,005

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$48,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,140
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,610
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,394
Foreign Countries Represented
99

Demographics

21.44%
Asian
7.70%
African-American
10.12%
Hispanic
42.62%
Caucasian
1.47%
Unknown
11.99%
International

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

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.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Elizabeth Erickson

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

72% participate in intramural sports
23% participate in intercollegiate sports

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.

86/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Agreements with Apple and Dell

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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