Princeton offers admission to 5.5 percent of students in most selective year yet

By Mallory Williamson (Daily Princetonian).

At 7 p.m. tonight, the University will admit 1,142 new students to the Class of 2022, who along with the 799 students admitted during Single Choice Early Action will comprise the new accepted class. Overall, the University admitted 1,941 students out of an applicant pool of 35,370, representing a 5.5 percent acceptance rate.

“The Admissions Committee was extremely impressed with the academic quality of all the candidates [for admission], especially those who were admitted,” Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said.

The applicant pool included 14,273 students who had high school GPAs of 4.0, and 17,692 — 50 percent of the total applicant pool — had combined SAT scores of 1400 or higher out of a possible 1600.

This year was the first year where an overwhelming majority of students who submitted SAT test scores took the new SAT. Princeton considers all sections of the SAT and ACT tests, including the writing component, in the admissions process.

“We’ve continued to ask for the writing section of the SAT and the ACT, because writing is so important to the success of students on campus,” Rapelye said. “We do use that section of the test results. We will go in to look at the actual essay on a student’s test.”  Read the full article