From Idaho to India


From Idaho to India

The Class of 2025 brings a rich blend of backgrounds and identities to the Princeton community, a unique group brought together by unique circumstances. Survey respondents hail from over 40 different countries and boast fluency in 49 languages. They’re future astronauts and academics, observing a variety of religious traditions. While most are beginning their college years as 18-year-olds, there is a seven-year gap between the youngest (16) and the oldest (23) respondents. Some are the first in their family to attend college, while others were born into a long lineage of Tigers.


Survey respondents hail from 49 U.S. states, 47 countries, and every inhabited continent. Among domestic students, every state but South Dakota is represented, along with three territories and the District of Columbia. Nearly 17 percent call New Jersey home, with New York and California trailing the Garden State. When combined, these three locales claim two in five domestic respondents. In line with last year’s trends, the most commonly represented nation among international students was Canada, driven largely by a Toronto contingent, followed by China and the United Kingdom. Nearly two-thirds of all survey respondents live in the suburbs, one-fourth in urban areas, and just eight percent in rural communities.
Just over half of respondents identified themselves solely as white, with 28.4 percent identifying as Asian, 8.9 percent as Black, and 10.9 percent as two or more races. Of all survey respondents, 12.6 percent identified as Hispanic or Latinx. Less than one percent of students identified as American Indians or Alaska Natives and less than half a percent selected none of the available race categories, or wrote in an ethnicity that could not be categorized.
Nearly 53 percent of respondents identify as female, 45.2 percent identify as male, and less than two percent identify as non-binary or genderqueer. This female majority is common in universities across the United States, though Princeton’s gender ratio is less skewed than the nation, where women acquire roughly 58 percent of bachelor’s degrees. 98.4 percent of respondents do not identify as transgender, with the remaining 1.6 percent split evenly between transgender students and those who preferred not to say.
At 27.5 percent, over one-in-four survey respondents sexually identify as something other than straight, representing a five-point increase from last year’s survey. This represents a considerable increase over the national population, as a recent Gallup poll found that 16 percent of people born between 1997-2002 identify as a gender or sexual minority.
Against a backdrop of rising national secularism, over half of respondents said they were “not at all” or “not very” religious, with 23 percent of individuals identifying, at least in part, as agnostic. About 17 percent said they were “very” or “extremely” religious. Respondents were about half as likely as the average American to identify with Christianity and roughly five times as likely to practice Judaism or Islam.
Polyglots abound in the Class of 2025. In total, 350 survey respondents reported speaking a language other than English, 57 of whom are trilingual or quadrilingual. Three respondents speak four languages other than English. Spanish and Chinese are the most popular non-English languages, with 102 and 58 individuals claiming full proficiency in the respective tongues.
At 37.4 percent, respondents were three times more likely than the average American high school graduate to complete their education at a private high school. Roughly one in ten survey respondents graduated from a boarding school, and a similar percentage received degrees from a single-gender high school. Just under two percent graduated from a charter school and a significant majority of students, 59 percent, hold a public school diploma.
Parents of respondents were five times more likely than the average American adult to hold an advanced degree. Almost half of survey respondents have a parent who has completed a master’s or professional degree, and 17.6 percent have a parent with a doctorate. Over 85 percent of students have at least one parent with a college degree, and over 95 percent have at least one parent with a high school diploma. 18.6 percent of respondents identified as first-generation college students, and 15.8 percent are the children or grandchildren of Princeton alumni.
Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said they are receiving financial aid from the University. Students from rural communities are more likely to be receiving aid than their urban and suburban counterparts, and legacy students are significantly less likely to be receiving aid than their non-legacy counterparts. Though Princeton boasts a no-loan financial aid policy, roughly 11 percent of respondents said they anticipate needing to take out loans to pay for college.

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High School

Community Based Application Assistance

Fin Aid by Secondary School

Fin Aid by Gap Year

Boarding School

Gap Year by International Status

Gap Year Motivation

Secondary School Type

Single-Gender Secondary School