Princeton 2024

Princeton offers early action admission to 791 students for Class of 2024

Dec. 12, 2019 7 p.m.

Princeton has offered admission to 791 students for the Class of 2024 through the University’s single-choice early action program. The admission process reflects Princeton’s enduring commitment to attract, enroll and support extraordinary students from all backgrounds. 

The undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students on Dec. 12, and the decisions also are available to applicants via secure online access starting at 7 p.m. EST.

Princeton’s single-choice early action program is a nonbinding process, giving applicants the opportunity to review admission and financial aid offers from other schools. Students have until May 1 to respond to Princeton’s offer of admission. 

“The admission team was impressed by the academic talent of the pool as well as the contributions that applicants have made to their school and local communities,” said Dean of Admission Karen Richardson, a Princeton Class of 1993 alumnus who herself was a first-generation college student. 

Richardson began as dean of admission in July. She talks about the experience of admitting her first group of students to Princeton in the Office of Admission's Speaking of Princeton blog.

All admitted students benefit from Princeton’s leading financial aid program, which is one of the best in the country. Most Princeton students graduate debt free because they are not required to borrow as part of the University’s aid program. 


Pie graph showing 82%

 

 

of recent seniors

graduated debt free. 


For current first-years, tuition is free for aid students with family incomes up to $160,000. Aid students with family incomes less than $65,000 pay nothing for tuition, room and board.  

The University’s aid program is based solely on a student’s demonstrated financial need and more than 60% of Princeton undergraduates receive financial aid. Princeton is more affordable than the cost of a state college or university for many students. 

This year’s early action admits for the Class of 2024 represent a diverse range of students, including:

  • 48% U.S. citizens or permanent residents who self-identified as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students.
  • 16% from lower-income backgrounds.
  • 13% first-generation college students.
  • 11% international students.

The students come from 48 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and are citizens of 33 countries. 


Pie graph showing 61%

 

 

of undergraduates

receive financial aid.


Princeton also offers a regular decision program (Jan. 1 deadline) and a transfer admission program (March 1 deadline). The transfer admission program particularly encourages applications from students from low-income backgrounds, community college students and U.S. military veterans. 

Together, early action, regular decision and transfer admission support Princeton’s ongoing efforts to enroll more talented students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds. This commitment has been key to tripling the percentage of low-income students attending Princeton over the last decade. 

Princeton uses a range of approaches and partnerships to attract high-achieving students from a wide array of backgrounds. The Office of Admission works with community-based organizations and nonprofits, such as QuestBridge, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) and the Princeton University Preparatory Program, to encourage high-achieving, low-income students to apply to Princeton.

Princeton is also a member of the American Talent Initiative, a national effort to expand college access and opportunity for talented low- and moderate-income students.