How to Get Into Princeton

Princeton University is one of the most competitive colleges in the world, and getting accepted into this Ivy League college requires dedication, hard work, and strategy…as well as some insider admissions tips!

In this article, we will discuss some insider advice for students who are applying to Princeton University this year.  Following this advice can only increase your chances of admission!

  1. Start Early

Getting into Princeton starts long before you actually apply. It is important to start planning and preparing for college, and especially a competitive Ivy League college, as early as possible. This means taking challenging classes, maintaining a high GPA, and getting involved in extracurricular activities that demonstrate your leadership, initiative, uniqueness and creativity.

  1. Research the Admissions Process

Princeton has a highly selective admissions process, and it is important to understand the requirements and expectations for your specific intended concentration BEFORE you apply. This includes reviewing the application deadlines, required materials, AP courses in high school and additional admissions criteria.

  1. Demonstrate Academic Excellence

Princeton is known for its rigorous academic program, and the college admissions committee is looking for students who have excelled academically. This means taking challenging classes, maintaining a high GPA, and performing well on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT.  As a high school student you want to take as many AP classes as possible, and if you’re in an IB program that too also always gives an extra boost.

  1. Stand Out with Extracurricular Activities

Princeton is not just looking for students who have strong academics. They also want students who have a range of interests and talents. This means getting involved in extracurricular activities like sports, music, art, community service, and leadership positions, though it is equally okay to be exceptionally talented in just ONE area — like if you’re a classical pianist, or nationally ranked perhaps in tennis or fencing. Don’t think you have to have 10 different activities.  Showing exceptional strength in one area can also make for a very competitive application.

  1. Write a Strong Essay

The essay is an important part of the Princeton application process, and it is your opportunity to showcase your personality, interests, and writing skills. Make sure to choose a topic that is meaningful to you, and be sure to spend time editing and revising your essay to make sure it is polished and error-free.

  1. Get Great Recommendations

Princeton requires recommendations from your teachers and guidance counselor, so it is important to build strong relationships with these individuals throughout high school. Make sure to choose recommenders who know you well and can speak to your strengths and achievements.

  1. Consider Early Action or Early Decision

Princeton offers both Early Action and Early Decision options for applicants. Early Action is non-binding, which means you can apply to other schools and make your final decision later. Early Decision is binding, which means you are committing to attend Princeton if you are accepted. Keep in mind that the acceptance rates for Early Decision tend to be higher than for Regular Decision, but this is not always the case.

  1. Showcase Your Diversity

Princeton values diversity and is looking for students who can bring unique perspectives and experiences to the campus community. This means highlighting any cultural or ethnic background, language skills, or experiences that set you apart from other applicants.

  1. Be Genuine

Finally, it is important to be yourself throughout the application process. Princeton is looking for students who are genuine, authentic, and passionate about their interests and goals. Don’t try to be someone you’re not or write an essay that doesn’t reflect your true personality and voice.

In summary, getting into Princeton requires a combination of academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, strong recommendations, and a well-crafted application. By starting early, researching the admissions process, and showcasing your unique strengths and experiences, you can increase your chances of getting accepted into one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.

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As well as these additional blog articles:

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