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Princeton University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Princeton University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Princeton University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Princeton University was awarded 134 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Princeton is ranked #1 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Princeton held the #20 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Princeton is also ranked #1 out of 33 schools in New Jersey.

See all of the rankings for Princeton University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Princeton?

Acceptance Rate

Princeton University has a very low acceptance rate of 6%, 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 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 )

SAT Math Scores for Princeton University  ( 720 to 790 )
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

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Princeton it is much better at 5 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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

Retention and Graduation Rates at Princeton University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Princeton University has a freshmen retention rate of 98%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 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 90%, which is better than 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.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Princeton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,394 undergraduates at Princeton with 5,260 being full-time and 134 being part-time.

Princeton Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Princeton make about $74,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Princeton graduates since it is 88% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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. The city atmosphere of Princeton makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Princeton University

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, 1,297 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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