The Class of 2016 loves Princeton — so much, in fact, that acceptances of the University’s offer of admission exceeded the enrollment target of 1,308 students by 89.
Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said the University expects 50 to 65 students above the target number to enroll in the fall, noting that during the past three years between 25 and 52 freshmen have not enrolled with the rest of their class. Some travel for a year; others pursue religious study, perform military service, or dance professionally, she said.
“There are many details to be worked out, but we are confident that we will be able to accommodate the incoming class comfortably,” University spokesman Martin Mbugua said.
Princeton offered early admission for the first time since 2006, with an 86 percent yield for students admitted by early action. The yield for those admitted through the general admission pool was similar to last year’s rate. The overall yield was 66.7 percent, which Rapelye said “exceeded our expectations.” No wait-listed students were admitted.
The last class with a significant over-enrollment was the Class of 1999, with 51 freshmen above the target, Rapelye said.