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Chances of getting into Princeton University


Acceptance Rate 
Admission Difficulty for Princeton University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Extreme 
How hard is it to get into Princeton and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Princeton is 6%.  It ranks #1 in New Jersey and #3 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Princeton is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 1,848 out of 32,835 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1450/1570 ACT 32/35). Princeton University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.92. Of those applicants who were admitted, 62% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Princeton University is a prized outcome for many students.

The Princeton application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Princeton University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Princeton SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Princeton University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1450
SAT Scores for Princeton University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1510

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Princeton University?

Princeton University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. Princeton ranks #1 in New Jersey and #14 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Princeton University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1570 and Above Good >11%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 6%-11%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 3%-6%
1390 to 1450 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1390 Low <2%
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Princeton ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Princeton University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Princeton University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Princeton?

Admission data indicates that Princeton regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey and #25 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Princeton University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Princeton University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >13%
33 to 35 Avg + 6%-13%
32 to 33 Avg - 4%-6%
31 to 32 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 31 Low <3%
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Princeton GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Princeton University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Princeton. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Princeton University was 3.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in New Jersey for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Princeton extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.92 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.92 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Princeton University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 59.48% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 32.05% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 4.89% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 2.53% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.87% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.18% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Princeton University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,053 16,782 32,835
Accepted 941 907 1,848
Acceptance Rate 6% 5% 6%
Enrolled 570 584 1,154
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 61% 64% 62%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Princeton University is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Princeton University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Princeton University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Princeton University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=186131 IPEDS survey data for Princeton University.


Does Princeton University prefer SAT or ACT?

68% of students submit their SAT scores to Princeton. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Princeton University?

6% of those who apply are granted admission to Princeton. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Princeton University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1570. 68% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Princeton University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 35. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.