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Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Princeton University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
6.4%
Admission Difficulty for Princeton University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1480-1580
Applicants Submitting SAT
65%
SAT Scores for Princeton University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 730
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1480
SAT Scores for Princeton University
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Princeton University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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Princeton ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
54%
ACT Scores for Princeton University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Princeton University
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Princeton University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.87
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

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High School GPA's for admitted Princeton University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 86% Good
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

High School Class Rank

96% of Princeton University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Princeton University students
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%

Admission Statistics

Princeton University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,958 16,098 31,056
Accepted 996 994 1,990
Acceptance Rate 7% 6% 6%
Enrolled 658 648 1,306
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 66% 65% 66%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
22

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

Admission Requirements

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

Princeton University Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at Princeton University
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.

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 35. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.