From Tunisia to Tennessee


From Tunisia to Tennessee

As the Class of 2022 departs Old Nassau, they’ll cement a Princeton legacy gathered from every corner of the globe. Survey respondents hail from skyscrapers and farm silos and boast proficiency in 39 languages, including Amharic, Akkadian, and Arabic. Many 2022s entered the University in a different class year, as 14.3 percent took a leave of absence some time after their first year. Legacies and first-generation students comprise approximately equal proportions of the class, and over 30 percent of seniors identify as LGBTQ+.

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Domestic survey respondents hailed from 45 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, while international students represented 28 countries across five continents. Americans constituted 90 percent of the respondents and a plurality, nearly 21 percent, called New Jersey home. Similar to the nation at large, the majority of students — 64 percent — live in the suburbs. The United Kingdom was the most represented international location, with nearly 15 percent of international students identifying as Brits.


The racial makeup of survey respondents falls roughly in line with demographics reported by the University. 53.4 percent of students admitted into the class of 2022 were people of color, compared to 51.4 percent on the Senior Survey. Similarly, 50.5 percent of admits were women, compared to 56.3 percent of respondents.

64.2 percent of 2022s exclusively identified their sexual orientation as “straight,” with an additional four percent selecting “straight” and another identity. This represents a sizable decrease from the 2025 Frosh Survey and a recent nationwide Gallup poll, in which 72.5 percent and 75.7 percent of respondents identified as straight, respectively.

42.7 percent of seniors reported that they are not at all religious while 30.8 percent of respondents identified, at least in part, as agnostics. Almost three-fourths (74.1 percent) of seniors indicated that they lean left politically, 25.9 percent stated dietary preferences (like vegetarianism or keeping Kosher), and 21.4 percent identified as having one or more disabilities.


Seniors were exceptionally likely to have highly educated parents — 42.8 percent reported that at least one parent has a master’s or professional degree and 23.2 percent reported the same for a doctorate. This contrasts starkly with the United States as a whole, where approximately 13 percent of all people have a master’s or a doctorate.

Nearly one-fifth of survey respondents boasted a family connection to the University, and seniors come from disproportionately wealthy households: 29.3 percent of respondents reported an annual household income above $250,000. 64.9 percent of students are on financial aid, with 26.2 percent receiving full aid. Few students took out loans to cover college costs, but students on financial aid (19.6 percent) are far more likely to do so than those who are not on aid (6.8 percent).

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