Expanding the class: Class of 2016 set records in size and makeup
Posted March 6, 2013; 05:00 p.m.
Illustrations by Dan Fernandez
The Class of 2016, admitted by Princeton University in 2011-12, set new milestones by exceeding previous classes in its size and makeup, according to data from the Office of the Dean of the College and Office of the Registrar.
The University received 26,664 applications, admitted 2,094 students and enrolled a record 1,357 students. Those numbers included 603 students who were enrolled through the single-choice early action process, which was offered for the first time since 2006. The admit rate of 7.85 percent was the most competitive in Princeton's history.
Members of the Class of 2016 came from 57 countries, and the class's 151 international students (11.1 percent of the class) are the most in a single class. The 1,300-member Class of 2015 had 141 international students.
Princeton also enrolled more students from diverse backgrounds in terms of race and ethnicity in this class than in any other year. The class includes 573 students (42.2 percent) who are Asian American, African American, Hispanic or multiracial; the Class of 2015 included 496 students of diverse backgrounds.
The Class of 2016 is made up of 667 women (49.2 percent) and 690 men (50.8 percent), continuing the University's trend of classes balanced by gender. About 60 percent of the class receives financial aid.
Additionally, 57.4 percent of the class attended public schools, 18.2 percent attended independent day schools, 11.0 percent attended independent boarding schools, 12.3 percent attended religiously affiliated schools and 1 percent attended military academies or were home-schooled.