So you want to go to Princeton.
You dream of one day becoming a Tiger and joining the likes of Michelle Obama, John F. Kennedy, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Along with Harvard and Yale, Princeton is seen as one of the most prestigious members of the Ivy League. So of course, with a 2014 acceptance rate of 7.4%, getting in is quite the challenge.
What you need to get in
If you want to receive that acceptance letter, you’ll need more than just good grades and test scores. Princeton is trying to create a diverse and interesting class, so they want you to tell your unique story in your own, honest voice. You also need to explain how you would take advantage of the university’s resources and contribute to the school community.
Princeton loves students who take on leadership roles and responsibilities at school, in extracurricular activities, at work or even at home. So whether you were the captain of the soccer team or a caretaker for your older relative, they’ll want to hear about it.
Average SAT Scores
The following data shows the scores of the middle 50% of admitted students last year.
The average composite score for last year’s admitted students was around a 2250. Getting a score that high isn’t easy, so make sure you start studying early.
To get in, you have to show that you would be successful at Princeton through excellent grades, test scores, and extracurriculars. But you also need to tell the truth about yourself. Don’t try to be who you think they want you to be. With the context of where you come from and what kind of high school you go to, show how you’ve taken complete advantage of the opportunities that were available to you. Everyone comes from different circumstances. Show how you’ve thrived under yours.