Princeton Admits 7.8 Percent During
Regular Admissions Process
Princeton offered admission to 1,792 of 17,563 applicants
to its class of 2010, or 10.2 percent. This represents a
decrease compared to last year's acceptance rate of 10.9
percent. 1,193 applicants from the regular decision pool of
15,327 applicants were admitted, representing an admit rate of
7.8 percent, compared to 8.4 percent last year. 599 applicants
from the early decision pool of 2,236 applicants were
admitted, representing an admit rate of 26.8 percent, compared
to 29.1 percent last year.
Of the 1,886 valedictorians who applied, only 17% were
Minorities represented 44 percent of the admits, compared
to 42 percent last year. International students represented
9.7 percent of the admits. Legacies represented 9.9 percent of
61 percent of admitted students attend public school, 30
percent attend private school and nine percent attend
religious school. Five of the students accepted were
52 percent of the admits are men, and 48 percent are women.
Princeton expects about 68 percent of accepted students to
matriculate and aims for a class of 1,220 students.
Regular Applications Increase 5.3 Percent
Total applications hit an all-time high this year,
increasing 6 percent from last year's record, with a total of
17,478 applicants. There were 15,242 regular applications,
compared to 14,477 last year. This represents a 5.3 percent
International applications increased 6 percent.
Early Decision Applications Increase
Early decision applications to Princeton rose ten percent
over the previous year's figure with the Class of 2010,
amounting to the second-largest early decision applicant
numbers since the Class of 2001. 2,236 applications were
received this year compared to 2,039 the previous year. This
year's increase in application is in addition to last year's
12 percent increase in the number of early applications.
Princeton accepted 599 applicants, representing a 27%
acceptance rate. This is a decrease compared to last year's
early acceptance rate of 29%, reflecting a rise in the number
of applicants. The 599 early admits make up 49 percent of the
projected Class of 2010 size of 1,220.
The average critical reading score for admitted students
was 720, the average quantitative score was 730, and on the
new writing section, the average score was 720.
24 percent of the early admits are racial minorities, up
from 23 percent the previous year. 12 percent of admits were
from 26 foreign countries.
50 percent of the early admits hail from public high
schools, 37 percent from private high schools, 10 percent from
religiously-based high schools, 3 percent from unclassified
high schools, and one was home-schooled.
45 admitted students were first in their family to attend
college. 58 percent of early admits are male, 42 percent
female. 107 early admits, or 18 percent, are legacies.
16 percent used the paper version of the Common
Application, 21 percent used the online version of the common
app; 17 percent used the paper Princeton Application, and 46
percent used the online version of the Princeton application.