Welcome to The Daily Princetonian’s third annual survey of first-year students. The data and stories you’ll find within these pages — compiled and verified through months of planning, analysis, and outreach — represent the participation of nearly 1,000 students in the Great Class of 2026 and the efforts of many ‘Prince’ staffers. Our far-reaching project seeks to build upon our existing understanding of the intricacies within the University’s increasingly diverse student body. Though Nassau Hall publicly reports some of this demographic and academic information, other data, such as respondents’ experiences with fake IDs and views on accessible abortion services, are difficult — if not impossible — to find.
We invite you to browse our findings with a discerning eye. By reading our narratives on Demographics, Academics, Lifestyle, Views, and COVID-19, you’ll embark on a guided tour through our survey’s most relevant findings. We have additional interactive charts and graphs within each section, slicing our data in over 200 unique ways. If you’d like to compare this year’s findings with previous projects, take a look at similar surveys of the class of 2024 and 2025.
The information contained within, synthesized from over 136,000 individual data points, reveals a portrait of our community — a tale that explores what the University is and may become, and the people who define it.