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Early Action Applications to Princeton University Hit Six-Year Record

Princeton University has offered admission to 770 students who applied through early action for the class of 2021. More than 5,000 candidates applied through single-choice early action.

The pool was the largest in the last six years, representing an 18.3 percent increase over last year’s early applicant pool, school officials said.

Princeton’s undergraduate admission office mailed notification letters to students Dec. 15, and the decisions were available to applicants via secure online access on the same day.

The admitted students represent 45 countries and 42 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Forty-three percent of the admitted students are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds and 11 percent are international students, school officials said. The admitted students are balanced in terms of gender: 50 percent are women and 50 percent are men.

Fifty-seven percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 14 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Sixteen percent of the admitted students are children of Princeton alumni. Twenty percent of the admitted students indicated on their applications that they want to study engineering.

“The academic and personal strengths of these admitted students are extraordinary,” Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said. “The early action process this year was especially challenging given the depth of the applicant pool. The admission rate was 15.4 percent.”

This is the sixth year that the University has offered an early application round for prospective students whose first college choice is Princeton. In 2015, the early admit rate was 18.6 percent, and 21.1 percent in 2011.

Early action applicants may apply early only to Princeton, and 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 early action will be reconsidered during the regular decision application process. Regular decision candidates must apply by Jan. 1 and will receive notification of their decision 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.

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