Princeton University

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Princeton University can be found in Princeton, NJ, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 8,500 students enrolled each year at Princeton University.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores at this school. A score in the range of 2120 to 2390 on the SAT exam, or 31 to 35 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Princeton University average GPA ranges from 3.90 to 4 for accepted students. Only 7% of applicants are admitted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment.

Overall Princeton University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Princeton University was reported as 7.4% in Fall 2013 with over 26,500 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 2120 - 2390
  • ACT Scores: 31 - 35
  • Average GPA: 3.90 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Princeton University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Princeton University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2019 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2019-2020 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Princeton University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 10.1%
  • 2010-2011: 8.8%
  • 2011-2012: 8.5%
  • 2012-2013: 7.9%
  • 2013-2014: 7.4%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2019-2020: 8.1%

How Does Princeton University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Princeton University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Rider University69.4%
The College of New Jersey43.1%
Cairn University71.1%
Delaware Valley College68.3%
Holy Family University75.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Princeton University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 800
Math710 - 800
Writing710 - 790
Total Score2120 - 2390
ACT®Score Range
English32 - 35
Math30 - 35
Composite Score31 - 35
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