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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 %
2014-15 26,642 1,983 7.4
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

Undergraduate Enrollment, 2013-14*

  Number %
Total 5,244  
    Men 2,673 51.0
    Women 2,571 49.0
American minorities 2,100 40.0
    African American 400 7.6
    American Indian 4 0.1
    Asian American 1,051 20.0
    Latino/Hispanic 424 8.1
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 218 4.2
    Pacific Islander 3 0.1
Alumni children 652 12.4
International students 577 11.0

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2014-15*

  Number %
Total 5,230  
    Men 2,666 51.0
    Women 2,564 49.0
American minorities 2,162 41.3
    African American 406 7.8
    American Indian 6 0.1
    Asian American 1,087 20.8
    Latino/Hispanic 436 8.3
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 221 4.2
    Pacific Islander 6 0.1
Alumni children 632 12.1
International students 592 11.3

*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 2014: Class of 2018
All percentages rounded.

  Applicants Admitted Enrolled  
  No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 26,642 1,983 7.4 1,314 66.3
Men 14,167 53.2 1,013 7.2 680 67.1 51.8
Women 12,475 46.8 970 7.8 634 65.4 48.2
Alumni children 597 2.2 184 30.8 149 81.0 11.3
Minority students 11,375 42.7 982 8.6 565 57.5 43.0
International students 4,879 18.3 225 4.6 148 65.8 11.3

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
ACT 30-34 31-35 31-35
Critical Reasoning 640-760 700-800 690-800
Math 670-780 710-800 710-800
Writing 650-770 710-800 710-790
SAT II 690-790 730-800 720-800