Princeton University Accepts 18.5 Percent of Early Admission Applicants

Princeton University has offered early admission to 714 students for the undergraduate class of 2018.

Nassau HallThe school selected the students from a pool of 3,854 candidates who applied through single-choice early action.

The school notified early application students whether they were accepted today. Regular decision candidates must apply by Jan. 1 and will learn whether they have been admitted to Princeton by late March.

“The strength of the applicant pool was impressive, and the admitted students displayed outstanding academic accomplishments and a diverse set of talents and interests,” Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said in a school news story about the program. “Early action applications increased by 1 percent this year, and we admitted 18.5 percent of candidates compared with 18.3 last year.”

This is the third year since 2006 that Princeton University has had an early decision program. In 2006 Princeton adopted a single admission process, but reinstated the early decision program for the undergraduate class entering Princeton in September of 2012. Applicants apply early, only to Princeton, and if admitted can wait to decide whether to accept Princeton’s offer at the end of the regular admission process in the spring.

Of the students accepted through early action this year, 8 percent are international students, and 41 percent are U.S. students. Forty-eight percent of the prospective students are women, and 52 percent are men. They represent 32 countries and 44 states, plus the District of Columbia. Fifty-five percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 9 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Fifteen percent of the admitted students are sons or daughters of Princeton alumni. Twenty-two percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.