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Princeton University Data & Information Overview

485 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
4% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Princeton University Ranked?

#11 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in NJ
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Highest Ranked Major
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2024 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 485 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biochemistry, biophysics & molecular biology.

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Overall Quality

Princeton is ranked #11 out of 2,238 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into Princeton?

4% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
56% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Princeton University has a very low acceptance rate of 4%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Princeton just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 56% 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 720 and 770. Math scores were between 740 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Princeton University  ( 720 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Princeton University  ( 740 to 800 )
Princeton received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Princeton University  ( 33 to 35 )

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Princeton University Faculty

5 to 1 Student to Faculty
83% Full Time Teachers

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 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

96% Freshmen Retention
90% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 96% 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  96 out of 100

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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Princeton University.

Princeton University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,689 Full-Time Undergraduates
50.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.6% Percent Women

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?

$9,836 Net Price
4% Take Out Loans
$28,864 Total Student Loans
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 4% of students took out student loans averaging $7,216 a year. That adds up to $28,864 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?

$95,689 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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

New Jersey State
4,689 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

42 Majors With Completions
1,124 Undergraduate Degrees
861 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Princeton University. Of these students, 1,124 received undergraduate degrees and 861 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
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 54 $38,447
History 54 $50,775
Mechanical Engineering 49 $60,463
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 46 NA
Mathematics 41 NA
Anthropology 39 NA

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

This is a decrease from the 6,394 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at Princeton University.

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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.


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