Top 5 Successful Princeton Applications

Successful Princeton Applications and essays

These are full college applications of students that were accepted to Princeton University. Use them to see what it takes to get into Princeton and other top schools and get inspiration for your own Common App essay, supplements, and short answers.

  1. Princeton Application #5 - Common Application Essay: Ka-Ching Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. “Ka-ching!” Success! This was not a real cash register but the sound of a notification from the Etsy app on my phone. I eagerly read the screen. “One new order.” Someone bought something I created! A childish glee coursed through me as I opened the Etsy app. This adventure began two years ago when I clicked the “Publish” button on my new Etsy shop. (, a virtual marketplace, accommodates everyone from budding entrepreneurs to experienced… Continue Reading »
  2. Princeton Application #4 - Common Application Essay: My Inimitable Background My story is not a story; my story is a fingerprint, both distinctive and exclusive, that makes me unique. My story started in June, 1997, and has taken place primarily in Monroe, Michigan. Sixteen years later, my story, filled with both good and bad times, is about to take transition into a new chapter. But this chapter, like most others, must be read with the context in mind to visualize the whole picture. Coming from a mixed African American-Caucasian background, I grew up near the border of the poverty line, but I tried not… Continue Reading »
  3. Princeton Application #3 - Common Application Essay Sometimes, I bring my Klavierbuchlein; other times, I bring the hymnal I received from my parents. In the winter, I bring an extra sweater. More important than what I bring is what I leave behind. As I ascend step by step up the passageway that many others walk by without a second glance, I cross through rays of light that appear to have been scattered  by a kaleidoscope. At the summit of my climb, my feelings of anxiety, frustration, and uncertainty are vanquished as I enter the organ loft -a place where I feel impervious to the… Continue Reading »
  4. Princeton Application #2 - Common Application Essay Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American transcendentalist, said, “The greatest glory in living is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Like Emerson, I believe that rising through my failures has enabled me to become successful and satisfied throughout my high school years. In the summer of 2013, I had committed myself to attending the Governor’s School for Science and Technology, considered one of the most prestigious institutions for high school students. I… Continue Reading »
  5. Princeton Application - Common Application Essay Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? I don't know what hit me first, the sight or the smell of the dead pig. It must have been dead for a few hours as the smell had begun to condense around the table. I could still see the purplish bruise left from where my uncle clubbed it, and the sanguine laceration underneath his leg leading to his heart, still dribbling blood. The pig's expression was a mixture of confusion and pain, unaware what was happening… Continue Reading »