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Geographic range of students
According to "A Princeton Companion" by Alexander Leitch, Prince- ton has appealed to a broad geographic range of students since its early years:
During the College of New Jersey's first 21 years (1747-1768), the 338 students came from all but two of the 13 colonies.
After 1768, President John Witherspoon was particularly successful in attracting students from the South, where earlier graduates had formed strong Princeton influences as ministers and teachers.
Enrollment reached 314 by 1860 and then fell off during and after the Civil War. The war reduced the flow of students from the South and, although they never regained their numerical prominence, the general enrollment rise later in the century brought with it a proportionate increase in the number of southern students. Appreciable enrollments from the Middle West began in the 1880s and from the Far West in the 1920s.
After World War II, there was a considerable influx of students from other countries.
Today, Princeton's 4,635 undergraduate students and 1,997 graduate students come from all parts of the United States and more than 60 other countries.
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