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Princeton University Offers 785 Applicants Early Decision Admission

Princeton University has offered admission to 785 students from a pool of 4,229 candidates who applied for early decision to become members of the Class of 2020.

The pool was the largest in the last five years, representing a 9.8 percent increase over last year’s early applicant pool, school officials said.

Princeton’s undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students today, Dec. 16, and the decisions also were available to applicants online.

The admitted students represent 33 countries, 46 states and the District of Columbia. Forty-two percent of the admitted students are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds, and 11 percent are international students. Fifty-one percent of the admitted students are women, and 49 percent are men.

Fifty-six percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 13 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Sixteen percent of the admitted students are children of Princeton alumni. Twenty-one percent of the admitted students indicated in their applications that they want to study engineering.

“The admitted early candidates are outstanding and we would be delighted to welcome them to Princeton,” Princeton University Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said. “The pool was especially strong and deep this year and we had to make some difficult decisions. The admission rate was 18.6 percent.”

This is the fifth year Princeton University has offered an early application round for prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton. In 2014, the early admit rate was 19.9 percent. In 2013, the early admit rate was 18.5 percent, compared with 18.3 percent in 2012 and 21.1 percent in 2011.

Early decision applicants, which the school calls early action applicants, may apply early but only to Princeton. If admitted, they can wait to decide whether to accept Princeton’s offer until the end of the regular admission process in the spring.

Candidates deferred during the early action process will be reconsidered during the regular decision application process. Regular decision candidates must apply by Jan. 1 and will find out if they have been accepted by late March.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Peter S.

    They just look to have diverse student body.
    Our kids are just numbers and percentages they need to fulfill.

    If your son was a daughter of Pacific Island origin, and applied for a Marine Biology [s]he would certainly make a cut regardless of SAT/GPA.

  • SN

    Son has SAT 2350, weighted GPA 4.67 but was deferred. Disappointing!

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