Undergraduate Admission and Enrollment
Admission to Princeton is quite competitive. In recent years, Princeton has offered admission to about 10 percent of those who apply. Successful applicants must demonstrate exceptionally high academic ability and performance. Personal strengths and nonacademic talents and commitment are also highly valued.
Princeton offers one admission program. The postmark or electronic submission deadline for completed applications is January 1, although applicants are encouraged to submit their portion of the application by December 15, if possible.
In 2008–09, there were 4,014 candidates for the A.B. degree and 881 for the B.S.E. degree. The largest numbers of students came from New Jersey (715), California (589), New York (573), Pennsylvania (268), Maryland (209), Texas (207), and Virginia (192).
Admission Rates, 5-year history
Undergraduate Enrollment, 2008–09
Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2009–10
In recent years, approximately 88 percent of each entering class has graduated from Princeton within four years, and 97 percent of all undergraduates have received a degree from Princeton within six years.
Admission 2009: Class of 2013*
All percentages rounded.
|No.||% of Total||No.||% of Applicants||No.||% of Admits||% of Class|
* As of August 5, 2009.
SATs/SAT Subject Tests
Middle 50 percent of Critical Reasoning SAT, Mathematics SAT, Writing SAT, and three highest SAT Subject Tests. For example, 25 percent of the applicants had Critical Reasoning scores below 630; 50 percent had Critical Reasoning scores between 630 and 750; 25 percent had Critical Reasoning scores above 750.