Princeton accepted 581 of the 1,815 early decision
applicants to the Class of 2008. The 32 percent acceptance
rate was a nearly seven percent increase over last year's
Though the number of students who applied early is down 25
percent from last year, Princeton continued its trend of
filling just less than half of the entering class through
early decision. Princeton had fewer early applicants than
Harvard, Yale and Stanford universities, which all changed
their admission system this year.
Perhaps the most significant change this year for
Princeton's early acceptances is the concentration of
engineers. The University accepted 27 percent more applicants
to the School of Engineering and Applied Science compared with
the Class of 2007.
Women make up 46 percent of those already accepted to the
Class of 2008, while men make up 54 percent. 18 percent of the
admitted students are students of color. More than 15 percent
of the entering class are sons or daughters of Princeton
For the class of 2008, Princeton admitted 1,631 of 13,690
applicants, totaling 11.9 percent.
Competition was extremely high, as the overall academic
quality of applicants increased, while fewer weak students
A total of 1,050 decision letters were sent to students who
applied regular decision. Only 8.8 percent of the 11,875
students who applied under regular decision were admitted. A
total of 581, or 32 percent of the 1,815 early-decision
applicants were admitted.
Applicants from 50 foreign countries made up 9.2 percent of
the international students this year.
35 percent of minorities and 11.2 percent of legacies were
admitted. Men, at 53 percent, make up a slightly larger
portion of the class than women.
Of those students admitted, 47 percent also received
financial aid offers.
The class of 2008 is expected to have 1,175 students.
Princeton expects a 57 percent matriculation yield from those
students offered admission under regular decision plan to
accept Princeton's offer.