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Princeton University Overview

Princeton University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Princeton, New Jersey. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Princeton University Known For?

1,297 Undergraduate Awards
$44,264 Avg Cost After Aid
6% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Princeton may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 5 to 1.
  • Students at Princeton have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Princeton is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Princeton bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $74,700 a year. That's about 83% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Princeton student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Princeton University Rankings

We have ranked Princeton as #3 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #1 out of 60 schools in New Jersey.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Princeton has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#144 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Princeton.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Demography & Population Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Public Policy Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular History Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Public Policy Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Princeton has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Schools Grad Degree
#1 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#1 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Political Science & Government College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#39 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Princeton University?

Location of Princeton University

Contact details for Princeton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-0070
Phone: 609-258-3000
Website: www.princeton.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrincetonU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeton

Admission Requirements for Princeton

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Princeton?

6% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 6%, Princeton is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 6%, and the acceptance rate for women is 7%.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Princeton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 780. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Princeton University  ( 710 to 780 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Princeton University  ( 720 to 790 )
200
800
Princeton received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 31 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Princeton University  ( 33 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Princeton University  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Princeton University  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Princeton University?

$44,264 Net Price
8% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Princeton is $44,264. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Princeton, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $4,163 a year. That adds up to $16,652 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Princeton is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Princeton University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,328 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,422 undergraduate students at Princeton, with 5,328 being full-time and 94 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Princeton

There are also 2,997 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,328 full-time undergraduates at Princeton, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Princeton

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Princeton University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Princeton Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,184
Black or African American 419
Hispanic or Latino 565
White 2,136
International Students 658
Other Races/Ethnicities 366

Geographic Diversity

New Jersey students aren't the only ones who study at Princeton University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 114 countries are represented at Princeton. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.

Princeton University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 146 39 28 213
Public Policy 122 88 3 213
Economics 144 21 19 184
History 66 24 28 118
Political Science & Government 72 21 17 110
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 49 21 27 97
Electrical Engineering 44 26 23 93
Operations Research 66 17 9 92
Chemistry 29 32 27 88
Mechanical Engineering 48 21 14 83
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 59 7 9 75
Mathematics 35 25 15 75
Physics 24 20 25 69
Chemical Engineering 39 13 15 67
General English Literature 40 12 9 61
Sociology 41 8 11 60
Child Development & Psychology 36 16 4 56
Philosophy 37 13 4 54
Civil Engineering 21 18 8 47
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 33 7 6 46
Fine & Studio Arts 23 10 8 41
Applied Mathematics 0 34 6 40
Area Studies 10 14 12 36
Classical Languages & Literature 11 12 10 33
Romance Languages 21 6 4 31
Astronomy & Astrophysics 4 17 10 31
General Architecture 8 13 9 30
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 21 6 3 30
Anthropology 17 5 6 28
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 16 7 23
Geological & Earth Sciences 16 3 4 23
Music 3 9 6 18
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 16 0 16
Religious Studies 4 7 4 15
Germanic Languages 3 6 3 12
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 5 2 8
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 6 2 8
Natural Resources Conservation 0 3 1 4
Ethnic Studies 3 0 0 3
Demography & Population Studies 0 3 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 1
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,297 640 398 2,335

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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