Princeton University

Princeton University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Princeton University Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Princeton University was awarded 1,458 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is molecular biology.

Overall Quality

Princeton landed the #10 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Princeton held the #12 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Princeton is also ranked #1 out of 44 schools in New Jersey.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Princeton?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 6%, Princeton is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 71% of students accepted to Princeton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 770. Math scores were between 740 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Princeton University  ( 710 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Princeton University  ( 740 to 800 )
Princeton received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Princeton University  ( 32 to 35 )

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Princeton University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Princeton, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 4 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Princeton University is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Princeton University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Princeton University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Princeton for first-time, full-time students is 87%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  87 out of 100

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Princeton University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,774 undergraduates at Princeton with 4,689 being full-time and 85 being part-time.

How Much Does Princeton University Cost?

The overall average net price of Princeton is $9,836. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Princeton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,958 $4,502 $5,542 $18,205 $41,011

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Princeton, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Princeton, approximately 6% of students took out student loans averaging $3,647 a year. That adds up to $14,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Princeton is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Princeton Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Princeton make about $95,689 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Princeton students since it is 125% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Princeton University make the most money.

Location of Princeton University

Located in Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University is a private not-for-profit institution. Princeton is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Princeton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-0070
Phone: 609-258-3000

Princeton University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Princeton University. Of these students, 1,185 received undergraduate degrees and 898 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 150 NA
Public Policy 123 $50,510
Economics 93 $81,961
Political Science & Government 72 $37,831
Operations Research 54 NA
History 54 $50,775
Mechanical Engineering 49 $60,463
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 46 NA
Mathematics 41 NA
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 40 $38,447

Learn more about the majors offered at Princeton University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Princeton

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 6,394 students took at least one online class at Princeton University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 6,394 5,936
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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