Princeton offers early-action admission to 714 students for Class of 2018

Princeton offers early-action admission to 714 students for Class of 2018

Princeton University has offered admission to 714 students from a pool of 3,854 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2018.

Princeton's undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students Dec. 16, and the decisions were available to applicants via secure online access on the same day.

"The strength of the applicant pool was impressive, and the admitted students displayed outstanding academic accomplishments and a diverse set of talents and interests," Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said. "Early action applications increased by 1 percent this year, and we admitted 18.5 percent of candidates compared with 18.3 last year."

This is the third year since 2006 that the University has offered an early application round for prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton. Applicants may apply early only to Princeton, and if admitted, they can wait to decide whether to accept Princeton's offer until the end of the regular admission process in the spring.

Of the students accepted through early action this year, 8 percent are international students, and 41 percent are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds. Forty-eight percent of the prospective students are women, and 52 percent are men. They represent 32 countries and 44 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Fifty-five percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 9 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Fifteen percent of the admitted students are sons or daughters of Princeton alumni. Twenty-two percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.

Princeton's pioneering no-loan policy provides students who qualify for aid with grants that do not need to be repaid. Candidates deferred during the early action process will be reconsidered during the regular decision application process.

Regular decision candidates must apply by Jan. 1 and will receive notification of their decision by late March.