University offered admission to 770 students from a pool of 5,003
applicants through the single-choice early action program for the Class
of 2021, according to Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye. This represents a
15.4 percent admission rate, compared with an 18.6 percent admission
rate from 2015.
represents the largest application pool the University has received in
the last six years, an 18.3 percent increase over last year's round of
early applicants and a 45 percent increase from six years ago.
students represent 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
and 45 countries. The pool of students who were admitted early last year
represented 33 countries. The percentage of international students
remains the same as last year at 11 percent.
According to Rapelye, one notable aspect of the most recently admitted pool is its gender balance — 50
percent of accepted students are men and 50 percent are women. Rapelye
noted that her team is delighted to see this distribution, which the
University has approximated in previous years.
43 percent of most recently admitted students are U.S. students from
diverse backgrounds. Rapelye also noted that 105, or 14 percent of
admitted students, are eligible for Pell Grants. This represents an
increase from the 13 percent of early admitted students who were
eligible for the grant from last year’s pool.
also noted that 20 percent of admitted students indicate an interest in
enrolling in the B.S.E. program. More notably, 45 percent of potential
B.S.E. candidates are women, she said.
attributed the increase in the applicant pool to continued outreach to
lower-income communities, a new handbook about the University for
potential applicants, and the University’s grant-based financial aid
recruit to low-income students, Rapelye and others in the admission
office traveled throughout the country and across the world, she said. A
staff member in the admission office has traveled to Africa for
outreach earlier this year while others, in keeping with annual
traditions, had flown to parts of Asia and Europe, including former
satellite nations of the Soviet Union.
noted that her team also established and enhanced ties with community
organizations such as Questbridge, College Greenlight, and the
Fulfillment Fund that work specifically with low-income students to
garner their attention.
“My philosophy is that we can’t expect students to come to us if we don’t go to them,” Rapelye said.
to Rapelye, the admission office also released a new viewbook for
prospective students that features a new design and expanded
explanations of aspects of the University, such as its financial aid
program. The themes and contents for the book were built on research
conducted three years ago about messages that speak the most to
students, Rapelye said.
asked about whether the repeal of grade deflation played a role in the
increased applicant pool, Rapelye said that the effects of this policy
change are more noticeable in the University’s yield rates.
certainly saw a difference in the conversation we had [with students]
at Princeton Preview. When students are making the decision about
whether to come here, they realize that [grade deflation] is not the
conversation point anymore,” she said.
also noted that questions about political activism on campus as well as
the University’s political atmosphere were, like in past years, part of
the conversation with prospective students in this application cycle.
were mailed a notification letter from the University's admission
office on Dec. 15, and all applicants are able to view their decision
through a secure online access.
noted that the majority of applicants were deferred, and a portion of
students were rejected. For students who are deferred, Rapelye noted
that their applications will be granted another full read in the context
of the regular decision applicant pool. She noted that applicants who
were deferred will be required to send in their senior year midterm
grades. Additionally, she encouraged them to update the admission office
about any relevant accomplishments they had.
always looking for reasons to admit students and we always go into the
process with that mindset. Our challenge is that there’s a finite number
of beds,” Rapelye said.
She noted that target class size for next year is 1,308 students.
are thrilled to have this admitted group, and we look forward to
reading the applications of the next group of students and get ready to
admit the Class of 2021,” Rapelye said.