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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Princeton.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Princeton has earned from around the web.
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|#1||Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service||College Factual|
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|#9||Best Colleges for Political Science & Government||College Factual|
|#22||Best Colleges for Social Sciences||College Factual|
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Where Is Princeton University?
Contact details for Princeton are given below.
|Address:||1 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-0070|
Admission Requirements for Princeton
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Princeton?
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.
Can I Afford Princeton University?
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
There are also 2,997 graduate students at the school.
Of the 5,328 full-time undergraduates at Princeton, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Princeton University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||419|
|Hispanic or Latino||565|
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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