Admission offers go to 11.9 percent of applicants
By Patricia Allen
Princeton NJ -- The University has offered admission to 1,631 students, 11.9 percent of the 13,690 applicants for the class of 2008.
Acceptance letters were mailed April 1 to 1,050 students who applied through the regular decision process. Another 581 students who applied for early decision were admitted in December. The University is expecting approximately 1,175 students for the class of 2008.
"We are particularly delighted with the strength of the admitted students, and we look forward to greeting them on campus this month," said Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye, referring to the University's annual "hosting program" for admitted students that is set for April 22-24. "The admitted students have superb leadership and personal qualities, and possess talents and achievements in areas such as dance, theater, music, athletics, art, politics, debate and community service."
Applicants were from 5,382 high schools and 116 countries. More than 4,500 applicants had a 4.0 grade point average, and more than 7,400 had combined SAT scores of 1,400 or higher.
Admitted students come from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. California has the largest representation, followed by New York and New Jersey. International students represent 9.2 percent of those admitted to the class and come from 50 foreign countries, including Zambia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Morocco and Peru.
Of those offered admission this year, 53 percent are men and 47 percent are women; 35 percent are from minority backgrounds; 55 percent are from public schools; 35 percent are from private schools; 10 percent are from parochial schools; and 11.2 percent are sons and daughters of alumni. Of the high schools that rank, 95 percent of those admitted students are in the top 10 percent of their class.
Financial aid will be offered to 47 percent of the class. "We are especially pleased that our generous financial aid policy that replaced student loans with grants means that these students, if they choose to matriculate, will graduate from Princeton with no indebtedness," Rapelye said.
"The entire admission staff was extremely pleased with the quality of this year's pool," Rapelye said. "We had difficult decisions to make. The admitted students stood out for their impressive accomplishments."