Overall 10.9% Admit Rate, 8.4% Regular
Decision Admit Rate
The Class of 2009 was chosen from a record 16,516
applicants, representing a 20.6 percent increase from the
13,695 students who applied in the previous year. The
University has offered admission to 1,807 students, which is
176 more than the previous year. This year's acceptance rate
of 10.9 percent is one percentage less than the previous year.
1,214 Regular Decision candidates out of the 14,477 that
applied were accepted, for a Regular Decision acceptance rate
of 8.4 percent. 593 Early Decision applicants out of the 2,039
that applied were accepted, for an Early Decision acceptance
rate of 29.1 percent.
Taking into account the spots that have already been filled
with Early Decision applicants, about 627 of the 1,214 Regular
Decision admits are expected to enroll. This indicates the
Admission Office expects a yield of approximately 68 percent,
similar to the previous year.
Academically, this year's applicant pool was slightly
better than the previous year's. The average SAT scores and
the number of students who ranked in the top 10 percent of
their high school classes were both higher than last year.
The percentage of admitted minority students increased 7
percentage points to 42 percent this year. 9.9 percent of the
admits are legacies, compared to 11.2 percent last year. 54
percent of the admits were male. 9 percent of the admits are
international students. Though the applicant pool included 122
countries, the admits represent 46 countries.
Princeton saw its early applicant pool rise 12 percent this
year, after a substantial dropoff for the Class of 2008. This
year's 29 percent acceptance rate was down from 32 percent
last year for the early decision class. 593 applicants were
accepted out of 2,039 early decision applicants.
The average SAT score was 730 for the verbal section and
730 for the math section and 94 percent of the admitted
students were in the top 10 percent of their high school
23 percent of the admitted students are students of color
(up from 18 percent last year) and 9 percent are