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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Princeton is an elite private university located in Princeton, New Jersey. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,260 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Princeton acceptance rate is only 6%. Popular majors include Computer Hardware Engineering, Economics, and Public Policy Analysis. Graduating 97% of students, Princeton alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $60,800.
About Princeton University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
1 Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
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Princeton University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
6%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1430-1570
ACT Range
31-35
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$16,302/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$48,088/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
5:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,260Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
134
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
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  • Ambitious
    74%
  • Genius
    16%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Stressed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
64%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.28 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.47 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    54%
  • Academic
    38%
  • Home away from home
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$74,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
97%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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I greatly enjoy the overall ambience of Princeton University. The University truly offers a high quality education, especially as a result of its wonderful professors, some of which are Nobel Laureates. Moreover, the University's network allows for extensive connection between current and graduated students. This leads to great opportunities that would not necessarily be available elsewhere. Lastly, I really believe the Bridge Year program instills a humble nature in students through introducing the opportunity to volunteer for a year abroad. Doing so allows students to mature and experience other cultures prior to embarking on a difficult, yet rewarding task of attending Princeton University.
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Classes at Princeton are superb in all regards. Faculty to student ratios are very low, so students can receive a significant amount of attention from world-class professors and extremely helpful teacher assistants. The amount of resources dedicated to each student is unmatched. The alumni system is very structured, ensuring a connected student body with those in industry or academia. The campus is beautiful, showing off a gothic architecture juxtaposed with modern designs. The local area is a safe, cozy college town. The university is within an hour of New York and Philadelphia by train, but there are countless activities, clubs, and organizations to stay busy on campus. The food is relatively good and healthy. Some of the dorm conditions could be improved, but regardless the university does provide adequate housing and space for all students.
Princeton is a very challenging school and will definitely push you both academically and mentally. I've learned a lot since coming to this school, and I am glad I chose it. However, the stress of classes and the pressure to always be doing something (during the term and the summer) is sometimes overwhelming. But I believe the amazing opportunities (study abroad, internships, career help, funding, etc.) outweigh these grievances.