Briefly: Princeton posts slight rise in applications, sets record

Princeton University received a record 21,869 applications this year, representing a two percentage point increase compared to last year, the university announced today. Three quarters of applicants to the Princeton class of 2013 submitted applications for financial aid, according to a news release. Princeton’s application total was outpaced by Yale and Harvard universities, which received roughly 26,000 and 29,000 applications respectively. Compared to last year, Yale and Harvard have seen about 14 and 5 percent point increases in total applications respectively. Last year, Princeton accepted 2,122 of its applicants, compared to 1,952 at Yale and 1,948 at Harvard.