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Catrina Coffey

Princeton ACT Scores

Hiya, Magooshers! Today I’m addressing those of you who want to come and study in my lovely home state of New Jersey.


Specifically, I’m talking to those of you who want to attend Princeton University, and join the many notable alumni, like Richard Feynman, Jeff Halpern, and Aaron Burr! (I mean, who wouldn’t want to go to the same school as the third Vice-President of the United States who is best remembered for shooting the guy who ended up on the $10 bill? Seriously, wow!)

All right, I’m kidding. Sheathe your claws, Princeton Tigers, and we’ll get real for a second.


What is Princeton looking for?

This is what the Princeton website has to say about its class of 2018 admissions:

Admission to Princeton is quite competitive. In recent years, Princeton has generally offered admission to less than 10 percent of those who apply. Successful applicants must demonstrate exceptionally high academic ability and performance. Personal strengths and nonacademic talents and commitment are also highly valued.


What the Princeton admissions office is trying to say is that they’re looking for the whole package. They want someone with a very high GPA, lots of long-term extracurricular activities, and high test scores. And that second sentence that says they offer admission to less than 10% of applicants means that 90% of the people who apply to Princeton do not get in.


Is there any hope?


Of course there is, but you have to remember that you won’t be able to get into Princeton on good test scores alone.

That said, good test scores certainly help. 50% of Princeton enrollees have ACT scores between 31 and 35, and only 25% of Princeton enrollees have scores below a 31. To refresh your memory, the best score you can get on the ACT is a 36. Princeton wants top scores, and they have the prestige to be as selective as they want to be.

So, if you’re hoping to be Princeton-bound, you’d best get cracking on your ACT prep! Hopefully, Princeton will admit you and you’ll be among the 88% of Princeton enrollees who graduate within four years (or the 96% who do it in six years!), but, if not, you’re no different than the other 90 out of 100 students who applied there.

Best of luck, future Tigers!

Princeton Men, once again, one and all

Give a cheer, when you hear the tiger’s call.

Let him roar, while Nassau wins the game.

He’ll defend to the end our fame.

March a-long with a song, once again

Raise your voice and rejoice, my Princeton men

Singing yea! Let’s go! Nassau! We shoot as one.

Forever more, Princeton!

            Credit: “Princeton Forever”, Arthur H. Osborn and Joseph F. Hewitt, 1907

About Catrina Coffey

Catrina graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in English. She’s been helping students prepare for standardized tests since 2011. In her spare time, you can find her reading anything within arms’ reach, playing video games, correcting grammar, or studying word derivations. (Did you know that procrastinate comes from the Latin word cras, which means “tomorrow”?)

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