The acceptance rate at Princeton is 6%. It ranks #1 in New Jersey and #3 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Princeton is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 1,848 out of 32,835 applicants were admitted.
The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1450/1570 ACT 32/35). Princeton University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.92. Of those applicants who were admitted, 62% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Princeton University is a prized outcome for many students.
The Princeton application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 1.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Princeton University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||710|
|SAT Math 25th||740|
|SAT Composite 25th||1450|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||770|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1570|
|Average SAT Score||1510|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Princeton University?
Princeton University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. Princeton ranks #1 in New Jersey and #14 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1570 and Above||Good||>10%|
|1510 to 1570||Avg +||6%-10%|
|1450 to 1510||Avg -||4%-6%|
|1390 to 1450||Reach||2%-4%|
|Less than 1390||Low||<2%|
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||34|
|ACT Math 25th||31|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||36|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||33|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Princeton?
Admission data indicates that Princeton regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. 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. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey and #25 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Princeton University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>11%|
|33 to 35||Avg +||6%-11%|
|32 to 33||Avg -||4%-6%|
|31 to 32||Reach||3%-4%|
|Less than 31||Low||<3%|
What GPA do you need to get into Princeton University?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Princeton. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Princeton University was 3.92 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 3.92 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.92 GPA.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||32.05%||Reach|
|3.50 to 3.74||4.89%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.49||2.53%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||0.87%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||0.18%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.49||0%||Low|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Low|
|less than 1.00||0%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||61%||64%||62%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Princeton University is $70.
What are the requirements for admission to Princeton University and what student information is used for 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.
68% of students submit their SAT scores to Princeton. 55% 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 1450 and 1570. 68% 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 32 and 35. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.