8.5 percent projected admit rate
Marking seven consecutive years of record-setting application numbers, Princeton reached its peak with 27,115 applicants this year, a 3.3 percent increase over last year’s high of 26,247. Over the past seven years, the number of Princeton hopefuls has increased by a whopping 98 percent. This year Princeton is on track to admit 8.5 percent of its applicants, down from 8.8 percent last year—26,247 applicants for 2,311 offers—and 10.2 percent five years ago. One bright spot: The university intends to enroll 1,300 freshmen this fall, a slightly higher number than previous years, as it continues its 11 percent increase of the undergraduate population, which began in 2005.