Princeton offers early action admission to 767 students for Class of 2019

Princeton University has offered admission to 767 students from a pool of 3,850 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2019.

Princeton's undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students Dec. 15, and the decisions were available to applicants via secure online access on the same day.

Princeton's generous financial aid policy meets the full need of all admitted students and provides students who qualify for aid with grants that do not need to be repaid. Approximately 60 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid, and the average grant per year is more than $40,000. As a result, 75 percent of Princeton students graduate debt free.

Of the students accepted through early action this year, 41 percent are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds and 11 percent are international students. Forty-seven percent of the admitted students are women, and 53 percent are men. They represent 33 countries and 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Sixty percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 10 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Fifteen percent of the admitted students are sons or daughters of Princeton alumni. Twenty-one percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.

"This year's early action pool was among the strongest we've seen in recent years, which made the task of selecting students even more difficult than usual," Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said. "For that reason, the admission rate was 19.9 percent, the second highest in the past four years." 

This is the fourth year that the University has offered an early application round for prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton. In 2013, the early admit rate was 18.5 percent, compared with 18.3 percent in 2012 and 21.1 percent in 2011

Early action 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. 

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.