Princeton University - Princeton makes offers to 8.39 percent of applicants in record admission cycle
Princeton University has offered admission to 2,282 students, or 8.39 percent, of the record 27,189 applications for the class of 2015 in what may be the most selective admission process in the University's history. This compares with Princeton's final admission rates of 8.8 percent for the class of 2014 and 10.1 percent for the class of 2013.
The applicant pool has increased 98.5 percent over the past seven years, with Princeton's strong academic programs and financial aid policies continuing to appeal to prospective students from around the United States and the world.
Beyond the 2,282 students offered admission to the class of 2015, an additional 1,248 were offered positions on the wait list, and approximately half of those students are expected to choose to stay on the wait list, as in past years. Students who ultimately are offered a position in the class in May or June will receive the same financial aid considerations as students offered admission this week.
Princeton's previous record-low 8.8 percent admission rate for the class of 2014 includes those students who were admitted from the wait list.
As part of its continued gradual expansion of the student body, the University intends to enroll 1,300 freshmen in fall 2011. An 11 percent overall increase in the number of undergraduates that began in fall 2005 will result in a student body of 5,200 by the 2012-13 academic year.
This year's applicants come from 8,658 high schools in 138 countries, including the United States. Among the applicants, 10,099 had a cumulative 4.0 grade point average, and 14,042 had a combined score of 2100 or higher on the three sections of the SAT. Alumni volunteers had personal contact with 99.7 percent of applicants