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Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Princeton University

Princeton University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
5.5%
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 5% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in New Jersey for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,940 out of 35,370 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, 69% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Princeton University is a prized outcome for many students.

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Princeton SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1440-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
68%
SAT Scores for Princeton University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1440
SAT Scores for Princeton University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1510

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Princeton University?

Princeton University typically requires applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1440 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 1370. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Princeton University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >8%
1505 to 1570 Avg + 5%-8%
1440 to 1505 Avg - 3%-5%
1375 to 1440 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1375 Low <2%
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Princeton ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for Princeton University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Princeton University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
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 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 for highest average ACT composite score. 55 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 + 5%-10%
32 to 33 Avg - 4%-5%
31 to 32 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 31 Low <3%
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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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Admission Statistics

Princeton University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,169 18,201 35,370
Accepted 980 960 1,940
Acceptance Rate 6% 5% 5%
Enrolled 658 681 1,339
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 67% 71% 69%

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

68% of students submit their SAT scores to Princeton. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

5% 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 1440 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.