The Early Action data is in for the Princeton Class of 2021. Out of a pool of 5,003 applicants to the university, 770 were offered the chance to be Tigers — although these admitted students don’t have to matriculate since they applied under non-binding Early Action. But who would pass up the chance to go to Princeton University, particularly if you applied Early Action? When our students apply to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Stanford in the Early Action round, earn admission, and then later tell us they’re applying to other schools, we roll our eyes, figuring they’re applying to other schools just to boost their egos. After all, in our experience, they typically end up going to the school that admitted them under Early Action anyway and we don’t like it when students apply to other schools with no intention of going, just to see if they can get in. It takes away slots from other deserving candidates and it’s simply not right.
Anyhow, we digress. Back to the Princeton Class of 2021. This year’s pool marked the largest pool in six years. And it was significantly bigger than last year’s Early Action pool — by a margin of 18.3%. That’s quite significant indeed. Last year (for the Class of 2020), the increase over the previous year (for the Class of 2019) was 9.8%. As reported by Min Pullan for “News at Princeton,” “The admitted students represent 45 countries, 42 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Forty-three percent of the admitted students are U.S. students from diverse backgrounds and 11 percent are international students. The admitted students are balanced in terms of gender: 50 percent are women and 50 percent are men. Fifty-seven percent of the admitted students come from public schools, and 14 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Sixteen percent of the admitted students are children of Princeton alumni. Twenty percent of the admitted students indicated they want to study engineering.”
But we’ve buried the lead. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget. Princeton’s admit rate this year for its Early Action pool stood at 15.4%. Curious how this compares to other recent classes in Princeton University’s history? Look no further than the most comprehensive source of Ivy League admissions statistics you’ll find anywhere. Oh, did we link to our own site? It’s no mistake. Congratulations to our Ivy Coach students who earned admission to Princeton — every last one of you (and there were quite a few) earned admission and we’re very excited for you! Go celebrate!