Princeton University set a record yet again for the number of the applications it received for the 2010 freshman class.

College officials announced Friday that 26,247 students from all over the world applied, and 2,148, or 8.18 percent were offered admission. Last year 9.8 percent of applicants were admitted.

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The good news for New Jerseyans is that they make up the second largest admitted group after Californians.

The university noted that number of applicants for the incoming freshman class was the largest the University has seen by a significant margin, representing a 19.5 percent increase over the 21,963 candidates who applied for the class of 2013.

"This exceptionally large pool of applicants was matched by the outstanding quality of the students," said Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye in the press released about the admissions rate. "We were impressed with the superb intellect, talent and character the candidates presented. We had to make some extremely difficult decisions."

Princeton included a lot of data about the new class.

More than 60 percent of the class enrolling in the fall is expected to receive need-based financial aid. The average grant is projected to exceed $36,000. Princeton has a "no-loan" policy through which financial need is met with grants instead of loans, allowing all students who qualify for financial aid to graduate debt free. Through the University's need-blind admission process, students are not at a disadvantage if they apply for financial aid.

Increases in average financial aid awards since 1998 have continued to outpace increases in tuition. In 1998, the average student aid grant covered 65 percent of the tuition charge.

For next year's entering class, the projected average aid grant is expected to cover more than 98 percent of the tuition charge. The scholarship budget for the next fiscal year is projected to rise from this year's $103 million to $112 million, an increase of nearly 9 percent.

Among this year's applicants: more than 9,820 had a cumulative 4.0 grade point average; about 13,650 had a combined score of 2100 or higher on the three sections of the SAT; and they come from 8,393 high schools in 146 countries, including the United States. Alumni volunteers had personal contact with 99.8 percent of applicants.

Beyond the 2,148 offered admission, an additional 1,451 students were offered positions on the wait list, though only half of those students are expected to choose to stay on the wait list, as in past years.

The students receiving outright offers of admission for the class of 2014 come from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with the largest number of students admitted from California, followed in order by New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Texas. International students make up 10.3 percent of the admitted students, and they are citizens of 64 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Myanmar, Norway, Senegal, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

The students admitted to the class of 2014 are evenly balanced: 50 percent men and 50 percent women. Admitted students self-identified among the following racial and ethnic groups: 9.4 percent as African American; 21.5 percent as Asian American; 10 percent as Hispanic or Latino; less than 1 percent as Native American; and 4.4 percent identified themselves as belonging to two or more races. Almost 19 percent of the admitted students stated plans to pursue a bachelor of science in engineering, up from 17 percent last year.




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