Chances of getting into Princeton University
How hard is it to get into Princeton and can I get accepted? The school has a 6% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in New Jersey for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,990 out of 31,056 applicants 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, generally admitting students who score in the top 3 percent. Princeton University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 66% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Princeton University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
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Princeton SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT65%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||730|
|SAT Math 25th||750|
|SAT Composite 25th||1480|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||780|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1580|
|Average SAT Score||1530|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Princeton University?
Princeton University typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1480 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 1430. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1530 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1580 and Above||Good||>10%|
|1530 to 1580||Avg +||6%-10%|
|1480 to 1530||Avg -||4%-6%|
|1430 to 1480||Reach||2%-4%|
|Less than 1430||Low||<2%|
Princeton ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT54%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||30|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||33|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Princeton?
Admission data indicates that Princeton regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 29 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Princeton University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>10%|
|33 to 35||Avg +||6%-10%|
|31 to 33||Avg -||4%-6%|
|29 to 31||Reach||2%-4%|
|Less than 29||Low||<2%|
Avg. High School GPA3.87
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Princeton University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Princeton University was 3.87 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Princeton extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.87 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.87 GPA.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||10%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.50||3%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||1%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||1%||Low|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
96% of Princeton University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||96%|
|Top 25% of class||99%|
|Top 50% of class||100%|
|Bottom 50% of class||0%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||66%||65%||66%|
Applications are DueJan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply22
Applicants have 22 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Princeton before the Jan 1 application deadline.
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
What are the requirements for admission to Princeton University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
65% of students submit their SAT scores to Princeton. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
6% of those who apply are granted admission to Princeton. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1480 and 1580. 65% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.