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For immediate release: January 6, 2004
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Princeton offers early admission to 581 students for the class of 2008

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University offered admission to 581 students from a pool of 1,815 high school seniors who applied through early decision for the class of 2008, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye announced today.

Notification letters were mailed to students on Dec. 12. The number of applicants was 25 percent smaller than last year, but much closer to the numbers in the previous four years, Rapelye said.

"I'm very pleased with the quality of the first set of students who applied and look forward to moving on to the next phase," Rapelye said. The early decision candidates are expected to comprise 49 percent of the class. The deferred candidates will be reconsidered with the regular decision applicants. Regular decision applicants, who had to apply by Jan. 2, will be notified of admission in early April.

The University offers prospective students who have made Princeton their first choice the opportunity to apply through early decision as long as they agree not to apply elsewhere. The early decision application deadline was Nov. 1, 2003.

A team of readers evaluated every file, and most decisions were made in a committee format. "We wanted to ensure that each student who applied received every consideration during the process," Rapelye said.

"The quality of the admitted group is powerful, with average SAT 1 scores of 730 verbal and 730 math, and of those students ranked, 92 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school class," Rapelye said.

This year, the committee paid special attention to students applying to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. "We admitted 27 percent more students for the engineering degree through early decision than last year due to the strength of the pool," Rapelye said.

The admitted students are from 40 states and the District of Columbia and 30 countries. Fifty-four percent are men; 46 percent are women; and 18 percent are students of color.


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