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Princeton Legacy Chances?

redneysredneys Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
edited November 2013 in Princeton University
This is the jist of my application without going into the exact specifics:

White Male
4.0 GPA Unweighted
9 AP's, so far 5 have been tested (all 5's). Three were self-studied
Rank: 1/450
2310 SAT (770 CR, 770 M, 770 W)
800's in Math II and Chem
Direct legacy to Princeton. My Mom (alumna) and my family (me included) are very active at Princeton events, reunions and such.

EC's:
Track Freshman and Sophomore year
Band Freshman and Sophomore year
School newspaper editor Junior and Senior years
Started my own business Junior year (quit track and band as a result) - this is what my essays and whole application is really based on
Am involved in many clubs, a few of which I started on my own

I applied as an engineer (which is considered easier) early action.
Again, without going too far into specifics, assume my essays are above average for Princeton applicants (but not necessarily spectacular). My recommendations are very good as I am friends with my teachers. My interview went extremely well.

Thanks! Very curious to hear what you have to say!
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Replies to: Princeton Legacy Chances?

  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,764 Senior Member
    You're qualified. Without legacy you'd have a 5-10% chance. Legacy bumps it up.
  • redneysredneys Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I would disagree. Not in any personal or defensive way, but a 5-10% chance is just absurd for many, many applicants.
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,764 Senior Member
    Do you think 5-10% is too high or too low for a typical well qualified applicant?
  • redneysredneys Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I would say much too low. The average acceptance rate may be in that range, but even after filtering through by a few superficial variables (like scores and grades), the chance would change significantly.
  • redneysredneys Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    Again though, I'm not speaking on a personal level. I'm just saying that in general, certain factors can push an applicant far beyond the average (in either direction).
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,764 Senior Member
    Last year Princeton's acceptance rate was 7.4%. If you pull out the "hooked" it was probably close to 5%.

    Based on that, I'll stick with what I wrote. An unhooked applicant with excellent grades and rank, excellent test scores, and typical ECs would probably have a 5-10% chance of acceptance.

    I believe your chances are higher than that.
  • CantigerCantiger Registered User Posts: 940 Member
    @redneys - your OP said you applied as an engineer (which is considered easier) early action. How so? Is the suggestion that it is easier to gain admission as an engineer than as an AB applicant?
  • ChicagoMamaChicagoMama Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    Last year 3810 students applied early, 697 were accepted.

    Fifteen percent of the admitted students were sons or daughters of Princeton alumni. Twenty-five percent of the admitted students indicated they wanted to study engineering.

    No stats on how many of the early applicants were children of alumni or applying for engineering, though. Essentially, you are as qualified as anyone else to be admitted to Princeton. Legacy will only help your application, but it is still a numbers game. You have to presume that there are at least five (or more) versions of you applying for the same spot, and it is hard to say what will tip you in. Legacy alone will probably not. However, again, you are obviously really competitive and I wish you luck! :)
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