April 6, 2016

University Offers Admission To 1,894 Diverse Applicants

Princeton University has offered admission to 1,894 students, or 6.46 percent of the 29,303 applicants for the class of 2020. This was the University’s most selective admission process to date and the largest applicant pool in its history.

Of those applying, 12,297 had a 4.0 grade point average and 12,327 had scores of 2,100 or higher on the three sections of the SAT. “The admitted students are outstanding in every way,” Dean of Admission Janet Lavin Rapelye said. “They have superb talents in the arts, athletics, academic research, leadership roles, and service to their communities. The personal qualities, backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities these students will bring to campus will contribute to all Princeton offers.”

Of the students offered admission, 49.5 percent are women and 50.5 percent are men; 50.6 percent have self-identified as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students. Sixty-three percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 17.5 percent will be the first in their families to attend college. Sons or daughters of Princeton alumni account for 11.2 percent of the admitted students. Of those offered admission, 21.2 percent indicated they want to study engineering, and 43.9 percent of those students are women.

Up to 35 members of the new class are expected to defer their enrollment for a year to participate in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program. The University-sponsored program allows incoming freshmen to spend a tuition-free year engaging in international service work abroad in China, India, Bolivia, Senegal or Brazil. Applications for the Bridge Year Program will be due in May from students who accept the University’s offer of admission. Admitted candidates have until May 1 to accept Princeton’s offer of admission.