On Monday, May 13, the University announced that 13 out of 1,003 applicants have been offered admission as transfer students for fall 2019 entry. This marks the second consecutive year since 1990 that the transfer program has been in place, as well as a decrease of 426 applicants — or 29.8 percent — from 2018.
Despite the decrease in number of applications, the acceptance rate was still strikingly low: 1.3 percent. Of the 13 accepted students, eight come from military backgrounds, as was the case last year. Five of the students are women and the other eight are men, compared to three women and ten men last year. Additionally, eight of the students are the first in their families to attend college.
According to the transfer website, the University seeks “a small group of exceptionally well-prepared students from a range of backgrounds,” particularly “students from low-income backgrounds, community college students, and U.S. military veterans.”
“The whole motivation of the transfer program was to bring students with a broader array of perspectives to Princeton, and it has certainly accomplished that,” said Keith Shaw, director of Transfer, Veteran and Non-Traditional Student Programs, in the Office of Communications press release. “Transfer students have become a thriving, tight-knit community on campus.”
Most transfer students enter the University as sophomores. However, some may enter as freshmen or juniors at the discretion of faculty and college deans “after an evaluation of transfer credit.”
The admitted transfer students have until May 21 to accept the University’s admission offer.