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Princeton University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Princeton University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Princeton University Ranked?

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2021 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 97 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Princeton as #1 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 33 colleges in New Jersey, Princeton is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for Princeton University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Princeton?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Princeton since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 6%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 65% 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 780. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Princeton University  ( 710 to 780 )
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SAT Math Scores for Princeton University  ( 720 to 790 )
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Princeton received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Princeton University  ( 31 to 35 )
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Princeton University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Princeton, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 5 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 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Princeton University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% 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  98 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Princeton the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 90%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  90 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at Princeton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,422 undergraduates at Princeton with 5,328 being full-time and 94 being part-time.

Princeton Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 99.63 out of 100, Princeton is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.63 out of 100
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How Much Does Princeton University Cost?

The overall average net price of Princeton is $9,749. 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 +
$2,586 $2,641 $4,620 $17,235 $34,425

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 8% of students took out student loans averaging $4,163 a year. That adds up to $16,652 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Princeton is 0.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Princeton make around $74,700 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Princeton students since it is 88% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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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
Website: www.princeton.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrincetonU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeton

Princeton University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Princeton University. Of these students, 1,297 received undergraduate degrees and 1,038 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 146 NA
Economics 144 NA
Public Policy 122 $63,100
Political Science & Government 72 $47,900
Operations Research 66 NA
History 66 NA
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 59 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 49 NA
Mechanical Engineering 48 NA
Electrical Engineering 44 NA

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

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

References

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