Princeton University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

Princeton University
Princeton University ( Explore the Princeton campus in this photo tour). Allen Grove

Princeton University is a highly selective school, admitting just 6 percent of applicants in 2017. Successful applicants will need strong grades and test scores to be considered for admission--in the table below, you can see that those admitted generally have higher than average SAT and ACT scores. Along with an application, applicants will need to send in high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and letters of recommendation. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to visit the school's website or contact Princeton's admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2017)

  • Princeton University Acceptance Rate: 6 percent
  • Princeton GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 710 / 780
    • SAT Math: 720 / 790
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 35
    • ACT English: 33 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

Princeton University Description

Princeton, a member of the Ivy League, often vies with Harvard for the top spot on national rankings of top universities. Located in a town of about 30,000 people, Princeton's beautiful 500-acre campus sits about an hour away from both New York City and Philadelphia. Explore the campus with a Photo Tour of Princeton University.

Princeton's strengths in research have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. For its strong liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Princeton earned a place on our lists of Top National UniversitiesTop Middle Atlantic Colleges, and Top New Jersey Colleges.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 8,181 (5,400 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,320
  • Books: $1,050 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,770
  • Other Expenses: $2,550
  • Total Cost: $63,690

Princeton Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 61%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60%
    • Loans: 9%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $44,128
    • Loans: $4,520

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Economics, English, History, Molecular Biology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 89%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 97%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Hockey, Football, Rowing, Basketball, Water Polo, Wrestling, Fencing, Baseball, Volleyball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Water Polo, Tennis, Fencing, Field Hockey, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Princeton and the Common Application

Princeton University uses the Common Application.