Princeton becomes more selective - by a hair

Princeton University became even more selective this year, but only by a hair.

The university offered admission to a record low 7.28 percent or 1,939 applicants, compared to 7.29 percent last year. The university received 26,641 applications.

The competition was steep: Of the applicants, 11,453 had a 4.0 grade point average, and 13,477 had scores of 2,100 or higher on the reading, math and writing SAT, the university said.

Among high schools that rank students, 97 percent of the admitted applicants are in the top 10 percent of their class, the university said.

Admitted students come from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico. The largest group is from California, followed by New Jersey, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida. International students account for 11.4 percent, and they come from 68 countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Tanzania, Vietnam and the United Kingdom, the university said.

Of the admitted students, 48.4 percent are women; 49.2 percent have self-identified as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students. Sixty-one percent come from public schools, and 13.8 percent are first-generation college students. The university noted that 9.4 percent are legacies - the sons or daughters of alumni.