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Princeton University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More



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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. 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.

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Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 7,975 (5,327 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 100% Full-time

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Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,170
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,080
  • Other Expenses: $1,382
  • Total Cost: $55,832

Princeton Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 60%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60%
    • Loans: 8%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $33,894
    • Loans: $3,534

Most Popular Majors:

Economics, English, History, Molecular Biology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Princeton and the Common Application

Princeton University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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Princeton University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.princeton.edu/pr/reports/wythes/01.htm

"Princeton University strives to be both one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate college in the world. As a research university, it seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding, and in the education of graduate students. At the same time, Princeton aims to be distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. It seeks to provide its students with academic, extracurricular and other resources -- in a residential community committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff -- that will permit them to attain the highest possible level of achievement in undergraduate education and prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor. Through the scholarship, research and teaching of its faculty, and the many contributions to society of its alumni, Princeton seeks to fulfill its informal motto: 'Princeton in the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations.'"

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