A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
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
7%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1400-1590
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,732/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $2,469/ year
  • $30-48k
    $2,705/ year
  • $49-75k
    $4,557/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,614/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,706/ year
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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
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,251Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    80%
  • Genius
    20%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%
  • Outgoing
    0%
  • Stressed
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
67%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.24 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.43 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Academic
    33%
  • Challenging
    33%
  • Princeton
    33%
  • Fast-paced
    0%
  • Home away from home
    0%
  • Strict
    0%
  • Underrated
    0%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$80,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
97%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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Princeton University Reviews

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As an entering student, I visited Princeton University in the middle of April. The campus is coated in blossoming trees, while the buildings are old yet renovated inside. The air is cool and moist, but not humid like southeast Texas.

Another thing I enjoy is the commitment to sustainability, especially in projects abroad and the dining hall food. The Princeton Environmental institute does classes with local farmers using a variety of methods and chefs from many culinary backgrounds.

What I like most about Princeton is the community. My host and his friends had endless intellectual and personal discussions and readily invited me into their part of Princeton.
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In my experience, which has only been one semester, Princeton is a wonderful place. It has comfortable dorms, beautiful study spaces, delicious food and amazing professors. I am pursuing a BA degree rather than a BSE, and I was able to take a wide range of classes that I enjoyed. There are endless oppportunities for extra cirriculars. It is however, a stressful environment depending on how many things you decide to take on, in addition to the pressure of going to such a prestigious institution with students that have the same goals of achievement.
Going into Princeton, you know it's going to be hard. No matter where you went to high school, no matter how hard you worked, no matter how smart you are, you're going to be working really hard, and there aren't really any "paths of least resistance."

That being said, Princeton is an incredible place, and probably the best undergraduate education in the country. There is no where else where you have even nearly as much access to nobel laureates, successful businesspeople, famous lecturers or general funding as you do at Princeton.

As far as the student body, they work hard and play hard. Everyone has a lot of work, but the students really do like to have a good time, be that through engagement in extracurricular activities or a party at one of the eating clubs.

I would do it all over again, and easily would make the same decision.