Janet Lavin Rapelye
The Office of Admission is responsible for selecting the most outstanding undergraduate student body for Princeton from a national and international pool of candidates. The office implements the policies established by the president, faculty and trustees, and develops strategies to attract, admit and enroll students from diverse backgrounds, interests and all socioeconomic levels.
Janet Lavin Rapelye was appointed dean of admission at Princeton University, July 1, 2003. In this capacity, she serves on the president's cabinet and is responsible for articulating the University’s mission to prospective students and their families. Dean Rapelye works closely with all University constituencies and a 40-person staff, and serves as spokesperson for the admission office and for the University on all admission matters.
Dean Rapelye served as dean of admission at Wellesley College from 1991 to 2003 and was associate director of admissions at Bowdoin College from 1986 to 1991. Earlier she worked in the admissions offices at Stanford University and Williams College. She was certified by the Vermont Board of Education and taught in a rural public high school in northern Vermont. She is a graduate of Williams College and holds a master’s degree from Stanford University. Dean Rapelye is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors as well as a member of the College Board. She is a past chair of the New England Regional Council of the College Board, and she has served on the Board of Trustees of the College Board.