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Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

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Princeton University overview
Location Princeton, New Jersey
Online princeton.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Princeton University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Princeton University, established in 1746, is a private Ivy League research institution located in Princeton, New Jersey, with proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. The university's serene, 600-acre campus exhibits a distinctive collegiate Gothic architectural style and houses historic structures alongside modern facilities. Princeton is recognized for its rigorous academic environment, offering notable programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. A significant majority of undergraduates live on campus in a residential college system designed to integrate social and academic experiences. Princeton's reputation for selectivity is reflected in a highly competitive admission process, seeking students who demonstrate exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements. The university also provides a vibrant athletic tradition, competing in the NCAA Division I as the Princeton Tigers, with a particular emphasis on successful lacrosse and soccer programs.

In the most recent statistical year 38,019 prospective students applied, and 2,167 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,499 enrolled in the school.  8,778 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 64 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $57,410 plus fees of $0. Princeton is ranked 1 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Princeton is rated within the top 1% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Princeton University overview
SAT 1490/1580
ACT 33/35
GPA 3.93

Applications Accepted

Princeton University overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Princeton University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,050
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $18,630
Budget for Other Expenses$3,325
Total One Year Cost$80,415

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$113,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

96% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Princeton University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 25%
Engineering 17%
Biology 10%
History 7%
Human Services 7%

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

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