While its motto is “love of learning is the guide of life,” a cheeky Princeton parody of it could be “love of science is the guide to Phi Beta Kappa.”
Records show that STEM concentrators have won the majority of Shapiro Prizes every year since they were established, despite comprising half or less of the student body.
Admitting an outsized number of their applicants has far-reaching consequences that affects everything from Bicker to club auditions to academic performance. But — ironically — these admissions decisions may be harming admissions itself.
Princeton has little to show for its experiment in “grade deflation,” except inflating grades that continue to lag behind those of its peer institutions.
Social sorting isn’t entirely bad because it’s a sign that people are forming long-term friendships. But there’s a growing demand for the kind of freshman year opportunities to freely meet fellow students outside of the current — sometimes stuffy — networks.
Over the Classes of 2019–2023, more students came from Greater London than the rest of the United Kingdom, combined.
Princeton is disproportionately pulling in students from the richest — mostly eastern — places in the country. Many small moneyed suburbs send more students to Princeton than entire regions with millions of people.
What makes athletics so special — more than any other extracurricular activity — that it deserves special admissions procedures?
The benefits that the school gives to its students in admissions — whether they be athletic recruitment, legacy status, or development applicants — perpetuates social hierarchies.