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Princeton offers early action admission to 799 students for Class of 2022

Princeton University has offered admission to 799 students from a pool of 5,402 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2022. The pool was the largest in the last seven years, representing an 8 percent increase over last year’s early applicant pool and a 57 percent increase from 2011.

The admission rate was 14.7 percent this year compared with 15.4 percent last year, and 21.1 percent in 2011. 

Princeton’s undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students on Dec. 13, and the decisions will be available to applicants via secure online access on the same afternoon.

Princeton’s financial aid program provides the assistance necessary to ensure that any student who is admitted and needs financial aid can attend. Because no student is required to take out loans, Princeton’s aid program allows its students to graduate debt free. Approximately 60 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid, and the average grant is $52,000.

The admitted students represent 48 countries and 44 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Forty-four percent of the admitted students are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds and 11 percent are international students. The admitted students are balanced in terms of gender: 50 percent are women and 50 percent are men.

Fifty-six percent of the admitted students come from public or charter schools, and 14 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Seventeen percent of the admitted students are children of Princeton alumni. Twenty-one percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.

“The admission committee was impressed with the strength and depth of the pool this year,” Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said. “Our admission officers worked long hours reading the applications of the candidates, and we had to make difficult choices. The admitted students have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievements as well as extracurricular talents throughout high school. We are thrilled with the quality of these students and their commitments to their communities. We look forward to all the ways they will contribute to Princeton.”

This is the seventh year that the University has offered an early application round for prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton. Early action applicants may apply early only to Princeton, and if admitted, they may wait to accept Princeton’s offer until the end of the regular admission process in the spring.

Candidates deferred during early action will be reconsidered during the regular decision application process. Regular decision candidates must apply by Jan. 1 and will receive notification of their decisions by late March.