The number of APPLICANTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION was virtually unchanged this year, with 32,838 students applying, 34 more than in 2018–19. Applications peaked in 2017–18, when 35,386 students applied. “We continue to be impressed by the talent present in the first-year applicant pool,” said Karen Richardson ’93, who took over as dean of admission last July. “Once again the admission office will have to make difficult decisions as we build Princeton’s great Class of 2024.” The target for the incoming class is 1,308 students, including transfers. The University offered admission to 791 early-action applicants in December.

New Jersey Transit is conducting a study to evaluate alternatives to the 2.7-mile DINKY LINE between Princeton Junction and Princeton. Options discussed in a September 2019 Request for Proposals include a light-rail replacement for the two-car Dinky; a stand-alone rail line with parallel roadway; and a roadway for rubber-wheeled trams or buses that would replace the train. The study is expected to be finished by late spring, according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Kate Thompson. The Dinky line is the shortest scheduled commuter rail line in the country.

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Sarah Hirschfield ’20 of New York City has been awarded a GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP. Hirschfield, a philosophy major at Princeton, is one of 28 U.S. winners of the scholarship, which covers all fees while the student pursues a degree at Cambridge University. She will pursue a master’s degree in philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of law, ethics, and feminist philosophy. 

The Programs in Theater and Music Theater will present a collaborative project in April to celebrate the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNDERGRADUATE COEDUCATION at Princeton. Led by Jane Cox and Suzanne Agins ’97, the project brings together students and alumnae to showcase the stories of some of the women from the first coed classes. The performances will take place at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center April 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11, with an event for alumnae artists prior to the April 4 performance. For more information, visit