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What Makes Princeton Admissions So Special?

Of the eight Ivy League schools, Princeton might be the "ivyest" of them all. Not only does Princeton have the most actual ivy on its campus, but Princeton seems to embody the exclusive and aristocratic feel of what it means to be in the Ivy League.

Unique to this elite school are Princeton's eating clubs.  Independent coed organizations that take the role of both dining hall and fraternity for about three-fourths of Princeton’s upperclassmen, they are housed in historic mansions throughout campus. It is one of the oldest universities in the U.S., along with Harvard, Yale and UPenn.

Princeton Quick Facts

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Year Founded: 1746

US News Ranking: 1

Application Deadline: January 1st

Must receive SAT/ACT scores: January 1st

2024 regular decision acceptance rate: 6%

Total applications received (2021): 32,836

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Princeton's student life is steeped in traditions.  For example, every fall freshmen and sophomores compete in Cane Spree, where a freshman and a sophomore will grapple for control of a cane. This commemorates a time in the 1870s when sophomores, angry at the freshmen who strutted around with fancy canes, stole all of the canes from the freshmen, hitting them with their own canes in the process.

At graduation, the whole class walks through the FitzRandolph Gates—the main gates of the university - but never walk through them before that time or, according to legend, they will never make it to graduation. 

Prompts for Princeton's 2023-24 Undergrad Supplemental Essays

For A.B. Degree Applicants or Those Who Are Undecided

  • As a research institution that also prides itself on its liberal arts curriculum, Princeton allows students to explore areas across the humanities and the arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. What academic areas most pique your curiosity, and how do the programs offered at Princeton suit your particular interests? (Please respond in 250 words or fewer.)


For B.S.E Degree Applicants

  • Please describe why you are interested in studying engineering at Princeton. Include any of your experiences in or exposure to engineering, and how you think the programs offered at the University suit your particular interests. (Please respond in 250 words or fewer.)


Your Voice

  • Princeton values community and encourages students, faculty, staff and leadership to engage in respectful conversations that can expand their perspectives and challenge their ideas and beliefs. As a prospective member of this community, reflect on how your lived experiences will impact the conversations you will have in the classroom, the dining hall or other campus spaces. What lessons have you learned in life thus far? What will your classmates learn from you? In short, how has your lived experience shaped you?  (Please respond in 500 words or fewer.)

  • Princeton has a longstanding commitment to understanding our responsibility to society through service and civic engagement. How does your own story intersect with these ideals? (Please respond in 250 words or fewer.)


More About You

  • Please respond to each question in 50 words or fewer. There are no right or wrong answers. Be yourself!

  • What is a new skill you would like to learn in college?
    What brings you joy? 
    What song represents the soundtrack of your life at this moment?

Princeton's Programs Ranked

Economics Department: #1

Engineering School: #12

Chemical Engineering: #8

Writing in the Disciplines: #3

Computer Science: #6

CompSci Theory: #5

CompSci Programming Languages: #7 (All Rankings from USNews)

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