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U. admits 1.4 percent of transfer applicants

<h6>Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

The University has accepted 13 transfer students out of 905 applicants for entry in fall 2020.

This is the third year of admissions since the University reinstated its transfer program and the third consecutive year in which the University accepted 13 applicants. 


“Approximately nine transfer students have enrolled each fall under the reinstated admission program,” according to a University statement. 

1,429 individuals applied for the 2018 program, and 1,003 for 2019.  Despite 97 fewer applicants applying compared to 2019, the transfer student acceptance rate of 1.4 percent is still nearly four times smaller than the 5.5 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2024.

Seven of the 13 accepted transfer applicants have served or are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. military, according to the University announcement. The transfer program “has been been aimed at encouraging applicants from low-income, military or community college backgrounds,” this announcement notes. 

Five of the students offered admission are women and eight are men, an identical distribution to last year. The 13 admitted students “come from community colleges across the country,” according to the University. Two of the admitted students are enrolled at Mercer County Community college, with others across the country in states including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

“This year, we’re thrilled to again see students represented from across the country, as well as several from very nearby in our home state of New Jersey,” said Alex Bustin ’08, director of transfer and military/veteran admission in the Office of Admission, to the University


“It's a privilege to work with Princeton's growing population of transfer students and veterans — first through their application process, and then in person once they arrive on campus,“ Bustin added. “They make an indelible impression on our campus community, and I feel fortunate to know them.”

In a statement to the University, Director of Princeton’s Transfer, Veteran and Non-Traditional Student Programs Keith Shaw noted that he is “proud to introduce” the transfer students to a “thriving community.”

“As an adviser, there's nothing better than working with talented, engaged, and creative people who are actively invested in each other's success,” Shaw said. “I think our new transfer students will love the academic home awaiting them here."

Most of the admitted students “will begin as sophomores,” though some may enter as juniors or be required to enter as first-year students, according to the University announcement. 

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The University announcement notes that transfer students, “like first-year undergraduates, must begin their enrollment in the fall semester.” The University plans to decide in early July whether undergraduate teaching will take place in person or online in the fall.