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Class of 2024 applicant pool second-largest in U. history

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The University received 32,838 applications for admission into the Class of 2024, a slight increase from the 32,808 large Class of 2023 applicant pool. This represents the second-largest applicant pool in University history.

“We continue to be impressed by the talent present in the first-year applicant pool,” Dean of Admission Karen Richardson ’93 wrote in a statement to The Daily Princetonian. “Once again the admission office will have to make difficult decisions as we build Princeton’s great Class of 2024.”


The 32,838 applicants do not include transfer applications, which are due on March 1. The number of applicants is also subject to revision as applications are processed, according to University Deputy Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss.

Applicants to the classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 all previously set new records for applicant pool size. The 27,290 applicants to the Class of 2019 broke a previously-held record of 27,189. The number of applicants to the Class of 2020 increased to 29,313, a number that rose to 31,056 for the Class of 2021 and to 35,386 for the Class of 2022 — the largest applicant pool in University history.

Though representing a 30-applicant increase from last year’s pool, the total number of applicants this year is still 7.2 percent lower than the number of students who applied to the Class of 2022.

The Office of Communications did not provide statistics as to how many of the 32,838 total Class of 2024 applicants applied through Single-Choice Early Action (SCEA). The University, however, did disclose in December that it had accepted 791 SCEA applicants to the Class of 2024.

According to Hotchkiss, the target class size for the Class of 2024 is 1,308, a number that includes transfer students. Last March, the University accepted 1,895 students to the Class of 2023 — a 5.77 percent acceptance rate — and 1,343 total students enrolled