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Princeton Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Princeton? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 1,948 out of 27,290 applicants or 7% were admitted making Princeton an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Of those applicants which were admitted, 68% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Princeton University is a prized outcome for many students.

Women Men Total
Applied 12,676 14,614 27,290
Accepted 945 1,003 1,948
Acceptance Rate 7% 7% 7%
Enrolled 624 695 1,319
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 66% 69% 68%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Princeton University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Princeton regularly accepts students with ACTs of 32 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Princeton University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1410. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1530 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 80 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1470 1590
SAT Reading 730 800
SAT Math 730 800
ACT Composite 32 35
ACT English 32 35
ACT Math 31 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >13%
33 to 35 Avg + 7%-13%
32 to 33 Avg - 5%-7%
31 to 32 Reach 4%-5%
Less than 31 Low <4%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1590 and Above Good >11%
1530 to 1590 Avg + 7%-11%
1470 to 1530 Avg - 4%-7%
1410 to 1470 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1410 Low <3%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Princeton University has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Princeton University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=186131 IPEDS survey data for Princeton University.