Early admission offered to 597 students for class of 2011

Princeton University has offered admission to 597 students from a pool of 2,276 high school seniors who applied through early decision for the class of 2011.

The number of early decision applicants increased by 40 this year. The admission office mailed notification letters to students Dec. 14.

"I am delighted with the academic strength of the students admitted early decision," said Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye. "They also bring a wealth of talents, accomplishments and commitments to their extracurricular activities. They will be fine members of the class of 2011, and we look forward to welcoming them to campus next fall."

The accepted early decision applicants are expected to make up 48 percent of the class of 2011, about the same percentage as for the three previous classes.

Until this year, the University has offered prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton the opportunity to apply early decision with the condition that they agree to matriculate if admitted. The applicants cannot apply elsewhere.

Earlier this fall, the University announced that it will end the early decision program and admit all undergraduates through a single process, beginning next year with students applying for the class that will enter Princeton in September 2008.

Of the students accepted through early decision this year, 11 percent are international students, and 31 percent are students of color -- a significant increase from 24 percent last year and 23 percent for the class of 2009. Fifty-two percent of the prospective students are men and 48 percent are women. They represent 33 countries, and 36 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Half of the students come from public schools, and 57 of the admitted students are the first in their families to attend college. A total of 103 are sons or daughters of Princeton alumni.

Average SAT I scores of the admitted students were: 730 -- critical reading; 740 -- quantitative; and 730 -- writing.

Candidates deferred during the early admission process will be reconsidered during the regular decision application process. Candidates must apply under regular decision by Jan. 1 and will receive notification of admission by early April.