Mascot & History

The mascot for Princeton is a tiger. Their motto is "Under God's Power She Flourishes"

Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the American colonies[6][a] and thus one of the nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later, where it was renamed Princeton University in 1896.The University has been associated with 37 Nobel laureates, 17 National Medal of Science winners, the most Abel Prize winners and Fields Medalists of any university, nine Turing Award laureates, three National Humanities Medal recipients and 204 Rhodes Scholars. Two U.S. Presidents, 12 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, numerous living billionaires and foreign heads of state are all counted among Princeton's alumni. Princeton has also graduated many prominent members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Cabinet, including eight Secretaries of State, 3 Secretaries of Defense, and two of the past four Chairs of the Federal Reserve.

Campus Life

Communiversity is an event held on April 26th to bring the Princeton campus together for a day. The Princeton band kicks off the event by marching up Witherspoon Street at 12:45 pm. Activities include: performance groups including Expressions, Ballet Folklorico, Raks Odalisque, Tora Taiko, Songline Slam Poetry, Mas Flow Dance Company, Contraband, Princeton Brass Ensemble, Princeton Pianists Ensemble, Triangle, and the Princeton University Ballet; over 50 student and campus organizations and departments providing information, demonstrations, food and activities for children in front of Nassau Hall; a tiger-shaped bounce house and kids sports clinics put on by University athletes on the Firestone Library green; and performances by several of the University's student a cappella groups in the East Pyne Hall arch.


Princeton’s admission process goes beyond simply looking for academically accomplished students. For each freshman class, they bring together a varied mix of high-achieving, intellectually gifted students from diverse backgrounds to create an exceptional learning community. They care about what students have accomplished in and out of the classroom. The process is highly selective. In recent years, they have offered admission to less than 10 percent of applicants. You may request a fee waiver if you are applying for financial aid and the cost of applying to Princeton represents a financial hardship for your family. Princeton University welcomes applications from veterans and dependents who are eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which include the Yellow Ribbon Program, and complies with the principles outlined in Executive Order 13607. The Office of Disability Services offers a range of services to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to Princeton's academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Required Application Components

  • A completed application form
  • Princeton's writing supplement to the Common Application
  • Princeton’s Supplement to the Universal College Application
  • A school report card and transcript
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • A mid-year school report
  • SAT reasoning test or ACT
  • SAT subject tests
  • Test registration codes
  • SAT: 2672
    ACT: 2588
  • TOEFL:2672

Statistics for Applicants to the Class of 2018


Total Applicants: 26,642

Total Admits: 1,983

Total Enrolled: 1,314

Admit Rate: 7.4%


ACCEPTED 4.0 9.9 3.90-3.99 9.8 3.80-3.89 6.8 3.70-3.79 5.9 3.60-3.69 4.9 3.50-3.59 3.1 Below 3.50 2.0

PERCENTAGE OF APPLICANTS ACCEPTED BY SAT RANGE SAT SCORES % ACCEPTED 2300-2400 14.8 2100-2290 7.7 1900-2090 5.2 1700-1890 2.2 1500-1690 0.5 Below 1500 0.2 No CEEB Scores 6.5 Statistics for Enrolled Class of 2018 (as of Aug. 1, 2014)


Of those enrolling students whose secondary schools provided us with ranks-in-class, 96% ranked in the top decile. 48% of students in the class are female and 52% are male. 11.3% of students in the class are children of Princeton alumni.


Critical Reasoning: 690-800

Math: 710-800

Writing: 700-800


Composite Scores: 31-35

Career Info & Requirements

A psychologist is someone who studies the human brain in terms of behavior and personality.Their research helps us understand behavior, memory and mental health disorders. Through counseling and experimentation, psychologists work to promote safety, understanding and good mental health. They can be found in practically any work environment, including hospitals, schools or corporations. Most psychology professions require an advanced degree, such as a master's or a doctorate. To work, a psychologist must be licensed at the state or national level. The average salary of a psychologist as of 2013 was $72,710-$88,400 depending on type of psychologist*.

Foundation Courses for Declaration of Major

The prerequisite for declaring the major in psychology is completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better in each:

  • General Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods or equivalent (prerequisite for all lab courses)
  • One 4-credit content course and lab combination (see note)

Four Sub-discipline Core Courses

A separate course must be selected from each of the following four sub-discipline clusters. These four courses must be taken within the 01:830 subject index of the SAS Department of Psychology:

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

  • Neuropsychology
  • Conditioning & Learning
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychobiology

Clinical Psychology

  • Neuropsychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Atypical Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Community Psychology and Community Health

Cognitive Psychology

  • Sensation & Perception
  • Memory & Attention
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of Language

Social Psychology

  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Organization & Personnel Psychology
  • Health Psychology

Five Psychology Electives

Five psychology electives to be selected from the department's complete set of course offerings. These may include any additional courses from the sub-discipline core categories above (i.e., selections beyond those required to meet the sub-discipline distribution requirement).

No more than three credits of non-classroom courses such as field work, research, or internships may be applied toward the major. The additional credits do, however apply toward the overall graduation credits and students are encouraged to take additional credits.

No more than two lower level psychology courses may be applied toward the five electives.

All 400-level psychology electives have the prerequisites of a 4-credit lab course plus at least one core course. Individual courses may have additional prerequisites and instructors may grant special permission to enroll.

Transfer courses may be applied, but at least one of the electives must be completed within the SAS Department of Psychology. No more than two courses may be applied from two-year institutions.

Upper Level Elective

Majors must complete one 400-level elective within the 01:830 subject index of the SAS Department of Psychology. 400-level courses require students to have declared the psychology major.

Students are strongly encouraged to select writing-intensive courses. These courses provide an opportunity for the student to demonstrate the ability to delve deeply into a subsection of psychology and address the types of questions and issues that confront the experts in the field.

College-level Math Course

All students must complete a college-level math course in addition to the statistics requirement above. We strongly recommend precalculus, but other math classes will also fulfill the requirement.

GPA Requirement

A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all psychology courses including, if available, up to 6 credits of Honors Research in Psychology or up to 3 credits of other non-classroom credits in psychology.


Tuition $41,820

Room 7,570

Board 6,050

Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.) 3,525

Total $58,965

Princeton’s Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2014-15

Number of undergraduates receiving financial aid: 60%      3,150

Average family income of students receiving aid   $119,720

Average parental contribution for students receiving aid    $15,530

Total scholarship budget         $131,400,000

Provided by the University         93.9%

Endowed scholarships          104,635,000

General funds           18,325,000

Yearly gifts to scholarship program      460,000

Provided by government: 3.4%        4,480,000

Provided by outside organizations: 2.6%       3,500,000

Earnings of financial aid students           $3,200,000

Letter Of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

I write this letter of recommendation for Alannah Cook for a position at a psychiatric hospital or institution. Mrs. Cook is an excellent student, responsible person, well behaved citizen, and a very helpful person. Her very complex knowledge and experiences have helped her succeed in her pursuit of becoming a psychologist.

One of Mrs. Cooks’ many skills is her ability to help people in need and give good advice. I have observed how she implies her knowledge to help others through their problems or difficulties. Personally she has also helped me overcome obstacles that i thought were too high to overcome. Her eagerness to learn more and more about the psychological field has helped her gain a lot of knowledge and master this field.

Mrs. Cook is ready for new challenges that i know she will overcome. Her desire to become an important psychologist causes for her to fight to get further and further. Personally i think she would not only be a good doctor but also will help your hospital or institution to succeed. If you would like to discuss Mrs. Cook further you can contact me at or via phone: (915) 803-7259

Best Regards,

Dr. Guevara

Texas Psychology Institute

El Paso, Tx 79938

Tel: (915)803-7259


Cover Letter

Persuasive Essay

Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to attend a great college and fulfill my dreams, that were always changing. I have always dreamed of attending schools like Harvard or Yale, but Princeton was always my number one choice. I deserve to attend to Princeton because I am a hard-working student and I am determined.

I work hard to earn the things I want and have. I push myself to always do what I am supposed to do, and even go the extra mile with it. I am not perfect, and I do not intend to be perfect, but I will do everything I can to be the best I can be. I might not have perfect grades, but I try my hardest. I would love to get accepted into Princeton University so I can practice what I love to do, and that is help people. My whole life, people have come to me seeking help with their personal lives and I have always tried my hardest to help them. I would like to help kids and teenagers because I feel like I can relate to them more. I have experienced what it is like to be a child/ teenager recently and I went through a lot in those years, so I feel like I could help them out very much.

I am also very dedicated to what I enjoy doing. If someone comes to me seeking help, I will do everything that I can to help them out. I put myself into my work and I give it my all. I push, not only myself, but others to be great and live up to their full potential. I make mistakes and I learn from them each day. Those mistakes push me and motivate me to do more for myself, others, and society.

In conclusion, I believe that I should attempt Princeton University because I am hardworking and I am dedicated. I have dreamt of attending this school ever since I was little. I feel like I should be given to opportunity to experience life at this campus and have a great college experience where I have always wanted to go. Please consider me for a spot in the new freshman class, thank you.

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