Princeton University Admission Statistics

Princeton University is an Ivy League School and its admissions statistics make it one of the most competitive Ivy League Schools. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Princeton University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.

The Class of 2021 was the single most challenging year to be admitted to Princeton University ever. For the Class of 2021, 31,056 students applied to Princeton University of which 1,890 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 6.1%. Overall applications increased by 6.0% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 29,303 to 31,056.

For the Class of 2021, 770 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 5,003, yielding an early acceptance rate of 15.4%. Early applications increased by 18.3% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 4,229 to 5,003.

Princeton University

Princeton University

Chartered in 1746, Princeton University is located in central New Jersey, and is the fourth oldest college in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. Princeton has a diverse campus community that enables students to learn from one another as they pursue academics and can choose from a plethora of extracurricular activities available to them.

Notable Princeton alumni include President and CEO of Forbes, Inc., Steve Forbes; environmental activist, attorney and best-selling author Ralph Nader; former CEO and executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt; CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman; and founder and CEO of, Jeff Bezos.

Princeton is known for its Institute for Advanced Study of Physics, made famous by the work of renowned scientist and Nobel Prize winning physicist Albert Einstein. Princeton also has a very strong English department and the creative writing program offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn from some of today’s most respected writers including Jeffrey Eugenides, Chang-rae Lee, Paul Muldoon and Joyce Carol Oates.

Today, Princeton has more than 1,100 faculty members, approximately 5,200 undergraduate students, and 2,600 graduate students. Minority and international students represent approximately forty percent of the undergraduate student body.

Princeton’s largest lecture hall seats 480 students, but most classes are broken up into smaller groups, with upper-level courses primarily offered in a seminar-style format, offering a high level of personalized attention.

Princeton has thirty-four departments and forty-seven interdepartmental certificate programs from which students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree. Princeton is considered to be a liberal arts university rather than a professional university, although it does offer many pre-professional courses to its students. Princeton differs from its fellow Ivy League peers as it does not have a law school or a business school.

When it comes to sports, the Princeton Tigers are an NCAA Division I, Ivy League school with 38 varsity teams.

One other unique aspect of Princeton are the eating clubs—private clubs resembling both college dining halls and social houses, where the majority of Princeton upperclassmen eat their meals. Each club occupies a large colonial style mansion on Prospect Avenue, one of the main roads that runs through the Princeton campus. The exception is the Terrace Club, which is just around the corner on Washington Road.

Total Enrollment 7,859
Undergrad Enrollment 5,249
Freshmen 1,303
% Male/Female 51% / 49%
% From Out of State 83%
% Freshman from Public High School 59%
% Undergrads Live on Campus 98%
% African American 7%
% Asian 17%
% Caucasian 48%
% Hispanic 8%
% Native American <1%
% Mixed (2+ Ethnicities) 4%
% International 10%
# of Countries Represented 91

Range SAT Critical Reading 700-790
Range SAT Math 710-800
Range SAT Writing 710-800
Range ACT Composite 31-35
Minimum Paper TOEFL 600
Average High School GPA 3.9
% Graduated Top 10% of Class 96%
% Graduated Top 25% of Class 99%
% Graduated Top 50% of Class 100%

Academic Rating 91/100
% Students Returning for Sophomore Year 98%
% Students Graduating within 4 Years 88%
% Students Graduating within 6 Years 96%
Calendar System Semester
Student/Faculty Ratio 6:1
Professor’s ‘Interesting’ Rating 84%
Professor’s ‘Accessible’ Rating 77%
Most classes have 10-19 students.
Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

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