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Undergraduate Admission and Enrollment

Admission to Princeton is quite competitive. In recent years, Princeton has generally offered admission to less than 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 two admission programs: Single-Choice Early Action — requiring applicants to apply early only to Princeton, though they can defer acceptance of Princeton’s offer until the end of the regular admission process — and Regular Decision. The postmark or electronic submission deadline for Early Action is Nov. 1. For Regular Decision, the deadline is Jan. 1, although Regular Decision applicants are encouraged to submit their portion of the application by Dec. 15, if possible.

Admission Rates, 5-year history

Academic year Applications Admitted %
2013–14 26,498 1,963 7.4
2012–13 26,664 2,094 7.9
2011–12 27,189 2,300 8.5
2010–11 26,247 2,311 8.8
2009–10 21,963 2,209 10.1

Undergraduate Enrollment, 2012–13*

  Number %
Total 5,264  
    Men 2,672 50.8
    Women 2,592 49.2
American minorities 2,023 38.4
    African American 391 7.4
    American Indian 9 0.2
    Asian American 1,010 19.2
    Latino/Hispanic 394 7.5
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 216 4.1
    Pacific Islander 3 0.1
Alumni children 645 12.2
International students 564 10.7

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2013–14*

  Number %
Total 5,222  
    Men 2,651 50.8
    Women 2,571 49.2
American minorities 2,088 40.0
    African American 395 7.6
    American Indian 4 0.1
    Asian American 1,047 20.0
    Latino/Hispanic 426 8.2
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 213 4.1
    Pacific Islander 3 0.1
Alumni children 635 12.2
International students 583 11.2

*Note: An exact comparison to previous years is not possible because of changes in federal requirements concerning the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity information. Each student has been counted once.

In recent years, approximately 88 percent of each entering class has graduated from Princeton within four years, and 96 percent of all undergraduates have received a degree from Princeton within six years.

Admission 2013: Class of 2017
All percentages rounded.

    Applicants   Admitted   Enrolled  
  No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 26,498 1,963 7.4 1,291 65.8
Men 13,981 52.8 987 7.1 657 66.6 50.9
Women 12,517 47.2 976 7.8 634 65.0 49.1
Alumni children 638 2.4 190 29.8 159 83.7 12.3
Minority students 10,142 38.3 958 9.4 550 57.4 42.6
International students 4,897 18.5 226 4.6 156 69.0 12.1

SATs/SAT Subject Tests/ACT
Middle 50 percent of Critical Reasoning SAT, Mathematics SAT, Writing SAT, and two highest SAT Subject Tests. For example, 25 percent of the applicants had Critical Reasoning scores below 640; 50 percent had Critical Reasoning scores between 640 and 760; 25 percent had Critical Reasoning scores above 760.

Test Applicants Admits Enrollees
Critical Reasoning 640–760 710–800 700–800
Mathematics 670–780 720–800 710–800
Writing 650–770 720–800 710–790
SAT II 690–790 740–800 730–800
ACT 29–34 32–35 31–35