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 9,300 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 1460 to 1570 on the SAT exam, or 33 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 4.00 to 4 for accepted students. Only 6% 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 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Princeton University was reported as 5.8% in Fall 2020 with over 32,800 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

  • ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Average GPA: 4.00 - 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 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Princeton University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 6.5%
  • 2017-2018: 6.4%
  • 2018-2019: 5.5%
  • 2019-2020: 5.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 5.5%

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 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Rider University71.5%
The College of New Jersey49.3%
Cairn University82.8%
Holy Family University73.1%
Delaware Valley College92.7%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Princeton University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading710 - 770
Math750 - 800
Total Score1460 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math31 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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