Princeton is selecting fewer white students every year

Princeton is selecting fewer white students every year and now takes more black, Hispanic and Asians applicants than any other Ivy League school

  • Princeton announced its 2025 class on Thursday; 68% are non-white (black, Asian, Hispanic and other races) 
  • It means the remaining 32% are white – some 479 students out of 1,498 
  • In 2019, 44% were white and in 2020, 39% were white 
  • Harvard has taken in 60% non-white students (18% black, 27% was Asian American and 13.3% as Latin)
  • White students were still the biggest group by far with around 40% 
  • Brown’s intake is 55% students who described themselves as of color 

Princeton is selecting fewer white students every year and now takes more non-white applicants than any other Ivy League, new data from the university has revealed.

Princeton announced on Thursday that it had sent letters out to its class of 2025. The successful applicants will learn by 7pm EST if they’ve gotten a place or not.

More than 37,600 applied and 1,498 were selected.  Of them, 68 percent – 1,018 – ‘self-identify’ as people of color. 

The school did not separate among that group how many are black, Hispanic, Asian or any other race, leaving 32 percent –  479 students – to ‘self-identity’ as white.  

Dartmouth is the only Ivy League this year that is accepting a majority of white students over non-white students; the school’s 2025 class is split 48% non-white and 52% white. 

Only Harvard released a breakdown by race – the rest of the schools described the intake as students of color.

68 percent of Princeton’s class of 2025 is non-white and 32 percent are white. It is the Ivy League now accepting the highest number of non-white students 



68% students of color, 32% white

Harvard University

60% students of color, 40% white 

Cornell University 

59% students of color, 41% white 


 56% students of color, 44% white 

Brown University

55% students of color, 45% white 

Dartmouth College

48% students of color, 52% white 

Columbia University

*Has not released a breakdown

In 2019, 56 percent said they were of color – 44 percent were white. In 2020, 61 percent of the new class said they were people of color – 39 percent were white.  

Across all races, 52 percent of the new students are women, and 48 percent are men.  

When applying that to the racial groups, around 500 are men of color and 500 are women of color, 229 are white men and 250 are white women.  Sixty-four percent (958) are from public schools.

Only ten percent – some 140 kids – are the children of Princeton alumni.  

The school insists that it is following the same process every year, without adjusting it deliberately in favor of any one group of applicants. 

They have not revealed the breakdown applicants to be able to determine if more students of color are applying every year.  

Harvard gave a more detailed breakdown of its intake for the class of 2025; 18 percent identifying as African American/Black, 27.2 percent as Asian American, 13.3 percent as Latinx, 1.2 percent as Native American, and 0.6 percent as Native Hawaiian. 

It means 40 percent of the class is white – the largest percentage by far. 

Harvard said its intake is on par with the demographics of the US population. 

According to the most recent government census, around 60 percent of the country is white, 18.5 percent is Hispanic, 13.4 percent is black and 5.9 percent is Asian.