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Information for Guidance Counselors

As a guidance counselor, your goal is to help students find a college that offers the best match. At Princeton, we have a similar goal: to find extraordinary students who will take the fullest advantage of a Princeton education. As you assist students with the college application process, we are pleased to offer Ready.Set.Go. (PDF), a reference guide that contains detailed information regarding Princeton's application process, standardized testing requirements, and financial aid program. Also of interest may be Profile, our newsletter to guidance counselors.

Here are a few things we’d like you to know about Princeton:

We strive to build a diverse, multifaceted student body.

We value the unique contributions that can be made by students with the broadest range of talents and interests who come from the widest range of backgrounds. We seek to enroll our share of the most talented students in the nation and from around the world, students who hail from virtually all socioeconomic brackets and cultural backgrounds. Our admission process, of course, is highly selective (we currently accept one out of ten applicants), but we encourage all qualified students to apply.

We offer one of the best financial aid packages in the country.
Since 2001, Princeton has pioneered the “no loan” financial aid package. We meet 100 percent of each applicant’s financial need, and offer an aid package consisting of grants and student employment. Student loans are not required, although some students may choose to borrow to replace an earnings shortfall or purchase a computer. Many students graduate with little or no debt. Currently, about 60 percent of our freshmen receive financial aid from Princeton.  

We assess each student’s unique achievements.
When assessing applications, we look closely at each applicant and evaluate their unique achievements in the context of the opportunities provided by their schools and communities. The result is a student body that reflects a wide range of educational backgrounds.

You may also find the following resources helpful:

About Princeton
Academic departments and programs
Course catalogue
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Admission statistics
Profiles of students, faculty, and recent graduates
Campus life
Student organizations
Varsity athletics
Bridge Year Program

Admission
Academic preparation
Application checklist
AP/IB policy
Admission FAQ
Optional Arts Form
Interviews
Single-Choice Early Action

Financial Aid
Costs & payment options
Princeton Financial Aid Estimator
Financial aid information & application instructions
Financial aid FAQ
No loan policy

Tours and Information Sessions
Tours and information sessions on campus

Virtual tour

Princeton on the Road


The University's admission process involves a holistic review of each applicant's entire file. No particular factor is assigned a fixed weight; rather, the process involves a highly individualized assessment of the applicant's talents, achievements and his or her potential to contribute to learning at Princeton.