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Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton is located in central New Jersey about halfway between New York and Philadelphia. British North American's fourth college, Princeton was founded in 1746. The graduate School was established in 1900.

Fully co-educational since 1969, Princeton enrolls about 4550 undergraduates and about 1,870 graduate students. About 660, of the graduate students are from foreign countries. Of the remaining 1,200 plus, 17% are minorities, and 4% are Hispanics.

In the 1991 survey of American Universities by the US News and World Report, Princeton placed fourth in the nation for overall performance, and was ranked second in student satisfaction.

Graduate studies are available in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics and engineering and Applied Science. The Center for Environmental Studies, the School of Architecture, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Latin American programs all have earned a strong reputation.

The university offers a range of housing options for graduate students, including on-campus residence halls and off-campus apartments for both singles and families.

The Graduate School describes its basic principles this way: "Careful selection of candidates, latitude for the students, accessibility of the faculty and willingness to experiment. After completing an intensive program of graduate study, students should be able to claim professional standing in their chosen fields. But there is a larger design in graduate education, and that is the establishment for the individual of a permanent relationship to learning."

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1746
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 4,923
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $13,458,440,000
Admissions Address

Princeton, NJ 08544



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.9
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Janet L Rapelye
Admissions office telephone: (609) 258-3060
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 14
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $65
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/admissions/u/appl Tuition deposit: None
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 4
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: March 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: N/A
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 10%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 27%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 8%
Total applicants: 17,564
Total acceptances: 1,790
Total freshman enrollment: 1,228
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 49%
Male applicants: 9,160
Male acceptances: 937
Male freshman enrollment: 650
Female applicants: 8,404
Female acceptances: 853
Female freshman enrollment: 578
Out-of-state freshmen: 84%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,216
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 789
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 94%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 99%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 34%
Average high school GPA: 3.9
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 98%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 680 – 800
Math: 690 – 790
Combined: 1370 – 1590

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 69.0% 74.0%
600-699 27.0% 24.0%
500-599 4.0% 2.0%
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 11%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 30 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 76.0% 78.0% 70.0%
24-29 24.0% 20.0% 28.0%
18-23 N/A 2.0% 2.0%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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