Updated Application Requirements
Beginning with students who apply to Princeton University during the 2018-2019 admissions application season, the University will no longer require the writing section of the SAT or ACT. Students may choose to submit the writing section, but it will be considered an optional component in the admissions review. Students who do not take the writing section of the exam will not be disadvantaged in the application review process. With this policy, Princeton aims to alleviate the financial hardship placed on students, including those who have the opportunity to take the test without writing during the school day and for free.
Princeton will now require a graded writing sample, preferably in the subjects of English or history, to be submitted by all applicants to the University. University officials believe that assessing a student’s in-class work will provide helpful and meaningful insight into a student’s academic potential. Further information regarding how to submit a graded paper will be available on our website later in the summer.
If submitting an official score report is a financial hardship, we will still review applications with self-reported scores.