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Essay Breakdown: Princeton University

  • How to Write the Princeton University Application Essays 2016-2017

    Princeton University, located in the Central Jersey town of the same name, proudly enjoys a current ranking of #1 on the U.S. News and World Reports’ Best Colleges Rankings. It has also earned the distinction of having the greatest amount of actual ivy of any Ivy League campus. Applicants to Princeton can apply either to Princeton’s undergraduate liberal arts college, “Princeton College,” or SEAS, “the School of Engineering and Applied Science.”

    However, the competition is stiff regardless; Princeton’s stunning gothic architecture and stellar academic reputation draw tens of thousands of applicants each year. Last year, 29,303 students vied for 1,894 spots in the Class of 2020, resulting in an acceptance rate of 6.46%.

    It goes without saying that students hoping to one day call themselves Tigers must do an exceptional job of setting themselves apart from thousands of other applicants. While strong grades, high test scores, and well-developed extracurricular activities certainly are important, nowhere in an application does one’s individual voice shine through as clearly as in their essays.

    The only problem: How can you write an essay for your Princeton application that demonstrates your accomplishments, communicates your passion for Princeton, and exhibits a clear personal voice and style — all wrapped up in a tiny word count? Check out our guide to answering the 2016-2017 Princeton University supplemental essays.

  • How to Write the Princeton University Supplement Essays 2015-2016

    Located in a small town in Central Jersey sharing the same name, Princeton University is consistently ranked as one of the top 3 undergraduate institutions in the nation. As Tigers, students enjoy access to world-class facilities on a beautiful campus that’s nothing short of picturesque. Enormous fountain sculptures, perfectly kept lawns, and a gorgeous college […]

  • How to Tackle the Princeton Supplement Essays for 2014-15

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. Preppy, stereotypically academic, and in the middle of nowhere – say what you will. As one of the best colleges in the nation, Princeton University is consistently one of the most popular reach schools for rising […]

  • How to tackle the 2013 Princeton Supplement Essays

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. Located in a quaint town by the same name in New Jersey, Princeton University enjoys its status as one of the top higher-learning institutions in the world. Students flock to this Ivy League school for a […]