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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  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 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
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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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
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  • Ambitious
    80%
  • Genius
    20%

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
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  • Academic
    33%
  • Challenging
    33%
  • Princeton
    33%

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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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.
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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.
I like the small school vibe which makes Princeton feel more tight-knit than larger universities. The residential college system also helps to promote a sense of unity among students on campus. I also think there is enough entertainment on and off campus with eating clubs on campus and NYC and Philadelphia within a train ride away from campus. However, academics can be intense and stress culture is definitely palpable, especially during midterms and finals period.