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How I got into Princeton (Interview 1)

Updated: Dec 18, 2019


  • SAT: 1560 (790 Math, 770 Reading)

  • ACT: 35 (34 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

  • GPA: 3.93

  • Rank in Class: 14

  • Size of Class: 392

  • AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, American History, European History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Environmental Science, Computer Science


  • I ran cross country and played soccer during the fall in my freshman sophomore and senior years and I ran winter and spring track during my freshman and sophomore years.

  • I was in my schools STEM Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Debate Team, DECA and Engineering club.

  • I was also involved in a lot of community outreach and environmental projects with the Environmental Club at my school.

Short Personal Story

"When I got into Princeton, it was pretty exciting. It was cool to see the fact that I got accepted to this really cool school, but for me it wasn't like over the top exciting.

I applied to Stanford in the fall and got deferred which I took as a sign that I actually had a shot at getting in to these sorts of schools.

While I was grateful for getting in, I wasn't really too surprised and shocked that I got in.

It was pretty cool though getting in because I did a quick google search of notable alumni and found that some pretty important people have gone to Princeton and I could be one of the lucky people who could say that 'hey, I went here' someday. That was pretty cool.

Other than that though, it wasn't too big a deal for me."

Useful Advice

"What I'd suggest is that people really know what the admissions officers are looking for and try to give them just that.

I had this personal coach who was actually a student from Princeton who coached me in my essay writing and applications and pretty much held my hand throughout the whole process. I'd say that this was my biggest advantage.

I was personally pretty lucky in the fact that my older brother went to Harvard so my parents kind of knew what to expect out of the whole process and were able to guide me through it pretty well so that it wasn't too much of a hassle and led to an amazing result.

In general, I'd tell them to find a mentor, a student who's already at the place they want to go and reach out to them for help. Someone who's already done the entire process can help people avoid all the traps and pitfalls and other stuff, because they've already done it before."

Princeton Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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