I am just wondering if a New Jersey local applicant gets any preferential treatment, even the slightest, from Princeton. I read somewhere on CC that some private colleges do this. For example, UChicago and Northwestern would favor Chicago locals somewhat. Stanford of course admits a lot of Californians.
hzhao2004- don't worry about the competition in NJ or from any other place- just be the strongest applicant YOU can be. Remember, there is only one you, who is surely unique. Make sure that what makes you special comes across. We live in NJ, and my son got in an area of NJ where hardly anyone gets admitted to Ivy League colleges. It was so out of the ordinary, that his elementary school principal called us to offer congratulations when she heard the news! Don't pay attention to the odds, you have as good a chance as anyone- a very small one, but it is after all a chance. Don't obsess on getting in (love your safety), and show Princeton's admissions your very best. The rest is out of your hands. Good luck to you!
My advice would be to apply to Princeton, as well as some schools that are further away as well. The top schools usually get flooded with local applicants, and get fewer from further away.
And as much as I hate Rutgers, being a red-blooded Princeton man from the days when we still played Rutgers in football, I think Rutgers is solid, too. I have a client, Rutgers grad, age 32, earning $400,000 in a Podunk town where that much money allows him to buy 4 city blocks.
The admission number from NJ doesn't look too bad. Actually, my S prefers that Princeton is farther than half hour away, but it is such a good school so we have to compromise here.
I got the stat somewhere that the starting salary of Rutgers graduates is higher than most higher ranked state universities. I guess it is because it is in NJ.
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Looks like Delbarton did well. I heard High Tech High School got around 10 as well. Montgomery High School got around 7 too. I would still say that Princeton and other colleges slightly favor in-state applicants. Rutgers is becoming more competitive by the year. Its pharmacy program is top notch: applicants accepted are at least in the top 10% of their class and their average SAT score is around 2160, on par with the Ivies.