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Princeton U. Cancels Overnight Stay After Outbreak

Princeton University has canceled an overnight stay for incoming students because of a recent meningitis outbreak that’s been linked to one death. The cancellation comes as applicants prepare to learn today if they’ve been accepted into the school’s class of 2018.

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Princeton University campus (Princeton University, Office of Communications)

The annual Princeton preview has been changed to one-day events in April.

The Times of Trenton reports campus life vice president Cynthia Cherrey said in an email: the daytime program would decrease the number of prospective students “engaging in late night, higher risk” social events with undergraduates.

Nearly 5,300 people on campus were given a vaccine for the B strain of the meningitis bacteria following the outbreak. The vaccine is approved for use in Europe, Australia and Canada but is not yet approved for general use in the United States.

A Drexel University student who had contact with Princeton students died from bacterial meningitis earlier this month.

1,939  today will get confirmation they have been accepted to Princeton as members of the Class of 2018 out of 26,641 applicants according to a press release, describing it as the most selective admission in the school’s history.

The school says the applicant pool this year was the largest ever. Students will be offered admission from 48 of the 50 states with the largest representation being from California followed by New Jersey.

“It is important to note that the pool continues to impress us not only in size, but in exceptionality,” Dean of Admission Janet Lavin Rapelye said in the release. “The task of choosing among such a talented group is equal parts humbling and rewarding. As I have said in the past, we could have filled our class five or six times over with qualified candidates, which is a testament to all of the students whose applications we reviewed and to the educators here and abroad who brought them to our doorstep.”

Decision letters have been mailed and will also be posted on the school’s website at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon.


The Associated Press contributed to this report

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