The Ivy Scholars guide to Princeton University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Princeton, NJ
Mascot: The Tiger
Type: Private Research Institution
Population: 8,500 (5,500 undergrads)
Princeton was founded in 1746 in Princeton, New Jersey, to train ministers. It is the fourth-oldest institution in the United States and one of nine colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution. It’s located one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia. Independent work is a hallmark of Princeton’s undergraduate education.
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Year Founded: 1746
4 Year Graduation Rate: 97%
Gender Distribution: 51% male, 49% female
Acceptance Rate: 4%
Residency: 10% in state, 67% out of state, 23% international
Location Type: Suburban
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 5:1
Average Class Size: 20
Demographics: 44% Caucasian, 25% Asian, 10% Other, 9% Black
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 32,800
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 1,900
Average Number Enrolled: 1,300
Application Systems: Common App or Coalition App + Princeton Supplement
SAT Scores: 25th percentile – 1505, 75th percentile – 1570
ACT Scores: 25th percentile – 33, 75th percentile – 35
Subject Test Requirements: No Subject tests are required, but it is recommended that a student submit two SAT Subject Tests. No preference on the subject chosen.
Demonstrated Interest: Princeton does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:
Princeton University Essay Prompts for 2020:
Common App Personal Statement (650 words)
Princeton University Essay Writing Tips
Students are required to submit a graded written paper as part of their application with the following guidelines:
Engineering Essay required for applicants interested in pursuing a BS in Engineering.
Mid-year school report required
What Majors Does Princeton University Offer?
What Minors Does Princeton University Offer?
Princeton University AP Credit Policy:
Princeton offers every undergraduate student the opportunity to do research. The mandatory senior thesis requires the completion of an original research project.
Additional Specialty Programs:
Mission and Values:
Princeton’s Residential College System:
Princeton University’s residential college system is at the center of undergraduate student life and offers close-knit communities where students live, eat, study, and socialize. It is mandatory for both freshmen and sophomores to live in a residential college. Each of the six residential colleges has a faculty head, dean, director of studies, and director of student life. Academic counseling for freshmen and sophomores is based in the colleges.
Campus & Surrounding Area:
FitzRandolph Gates folklore says that any student who walks through them prior to graduation will not graduate.
Cane Spree is a tradition that has changed throughout the years, but still brings freshmen and sophomores together to battle for top class.
Big Three Bonfire is held sporadically but is said to be magical when it happens, usually prior to a sports championship against a rival school.
Cheers and chants are an important part of student camaraderie.
Yearly Cost of Attending Princeton University in 2020: