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Princeton University

Princeton University

About Princeton University

This Ivy League university, ranked #1 in the USA by USNews, is a medium-sized, 4 year, private university located in the large town of Princeton, New Jersey. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and the great majority of it’s undergraduate population live on campus. The university is coed and the setting is suburban.

A Brief History

A brief history

Founded in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the US. Originally located in Elizabeth, then Newark, the college moved to Princeton in 1756, where it was housed in it's famous Nassau Hall.

General info

General information

Princeton's campus is spread over more than 600 acres, with buildings representing a wide variety of architectural styles. The current enrolment includes 5,428 undergrad and 2,845 graduate students.

          4%                        1460 - 1580                   32 - 35                  3.7 - 4.0GPA
Acceptance Rate   Average SAT Score   Average ACT Score   Aim (top of class)

Quick facts about Princeton

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Suburban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 5,428 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,823 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 4%

Princeton by the numbers

What is Princeton's QS World University Ranking? #13

What is Princeton's US News Ranking? #1

How many undergraduate fields of study does Princeton have? 99

What is Princeton's Student-Faculty Ratio? 5:1

What percentage of Princeton students are international students? 22%

What percentage of Princeton students live on campus? 99%

What is the median starting salary of Princeton graduates? $69,800 USD

How many varsity sports teams at Princeton? 38

How hard is it to get into Princeton? Very! Princeton’s acceptance rate for the most recent Class of 2024 was only 5.8%.

Social Sciences
18% Social Sciences

With a mantra that calls for 'seeking solutions and serving humanity', Princeton's social science students can chose from a range of disciplines that shape and challenge society's view of the world.

Engineering
17% Engineering

Princeton engineering students explore the creative application of tools from math and science to solve problems that confront humanity today.

Computer and Information Sciences
13% Computer and Information Sciences

Princeton's Computer Science Department offers study in theory, networks and systems, graphics and vision, architecture, programming languages, security and policy, machines and computational biology.

Social Sciences
10% Biology

Princeton offers introductory courses in cell and molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics, before focusing on core courses in genetics, biochemistry and cell and developmental biology.

Public Administration and Social Services
9% Public Administration and Social Services

Princeton's highly respected Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs offers a multidisciplinary liberal arts major for students who are passionate about public policy.

History
6% History

Princeton has structured its history major to both encourage breadth of knowledge, and allow students to focus their studies on an are of historical study of most interest to them.

Notable alumni

Princeton has more than 94,000 living alumni, 26,000 of whom attend reunions annually. Alumni include 18 Nobel Laureates, 27 Pulitzer Prize winners and 2 Presidents of the United States.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
Former First Lady, lawyer and author

Michelle Obama nee Robinson was inspired to follow her brother Craig (a college basketball athlete) to Princeton University. She majored in sociology and minored in African-American studies, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. The former first lady then went on to complete a law degree at Harvard University. Obama is celebrated for her bright mind and constant determination to give back to her Chicago community and beyond.