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How To Get Into Princeton
By: Nia McCullin & Janea Wilson
With an overall acceptance rate of 7%, Princeton University is one of the most prestigious universities on the planet.
In order to get accepted into the university, you’ll need at least a 3.9 GPA and an average SAT score of 2250. With these requirements, you’ll have to be at the top of your class to even dream of attending this school.
Along with having the academic requirements, all applicants have to write an essay, be interviewed and send in a recommendation from a teacher or someone who knows you well. Even though reaching these standards can be difficult, there are some ways to make it easier.
But potential Tigers will need more than outstanding grades to be accepted - the personal essay should be used to reveal your personality and background. Tell about any experiences you’ve had that affect who you are and your values.
You can mention your strengths as well. Do try to tell a good story, but stick to your voice. If you’re a serious person, or make a lot of jokes, go for it - don’t try to change yourself to what you think the admissions board wants. They want the real you!
But if you do write about how someone or something shaped you, be sure to focus more on how an event changed you for the better, not the event itself. It’s you they’re interested in, after all.
If you’ve spent a significant amount of time on the Princeton campus, mention how the school is a good fit for you and how you’d take advantage of its opportunities.
Maybe you see yourself using the engineering library for research when you major in Architecture, or you’ll study abroad so you can better yourself as a future International Business major or humanitarian. And while you should be positive about your time at Princeton, don’t overdo it. It will be obvious if you try to flatter the admissions board by being too sweet. Maybe you can even write about overcoming a hardship at Princeton!
In short, make sure you are true to yourself in your personal essay. Write with your own style and tell your story. This part of your application is about you as a person, not a GPA!
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