Princeton University

About Princeton University

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth under the name “College of New Jersey”, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. It is well-regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Princeton stands as one of eight Ivy League universities, alongside other famed institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Cornell.

A university renowned for its academic excellence and exclusivity, Princeton’s admissions process is more academically focused than that of its peer Ivy League universities, requiring a graded paper as a part of the application. While students still need strong extracurricular profiles, admitted students often outperform their rejected peers in classes and standardized tests.

Princeton University is a highly selective institution, with a competitive admissions process. The university has a small undergraduate population of around 5,000 students, and a graduate population of around 2,500. The undergraduate program at Princeton is a four-year, residential program, with all students living on campus.

The graduate programs at Princeton are also highly regarded, with the university’s graduate school consistently ranked among the top in the country. The university offers graduate degrees in a wide range of fields, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

In addition to its academic programs, Princeton is known for its beautiful campus, which is home to several notable buildings and landmarks, including the Princeton University Chapel, Nassau Hall, and the Princeton University Art Museum. The university also has a vibrant student life, with over 250 student organizations.

Princeton University is also known for its distinguished faculty, which includes numerous Nobel laureates, MacArthur “geniuses,” and other accomplished scholars and researchers. The university is committed to providing its students with a world-class education and opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.


SAT & ACT Score Ranges

Princeton University considers admission test scores (SAT/ACT) during the application process, but does not require them. Students who were admitted to Princeton University and enrolled typically had admission test scores in these ranges.

 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing730760780
 25th Percentile50th Percentile75th Percentile

Students Submitting Scores


Undergraduate Admissions

Number of applicants38,019
% admitted6%
% who enrolled69%

*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above