Princeton University is a great teaching and research university with a profound and distinctive commitment to undergraduate education.
Freedom to Explore
At Princeton, you have the freedom to explore your intellectual interests and follow your passions.
Any field you choose will teach you to think critically, solve problems, express yourself clearly, broaden your understanding of the human experience and prepare you for success in whatever path you take.
Princeton offers two bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.). You can choose from among 37 concentrations (majors) and 55 interdepartmental certificate programs. In lieu of existing programs, you may apply for an independent concentration. Students are encouraged to take classes across a spectrum of academic fields. You may take courses in the humanities, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and creative arts.
Learn With Leaders
Princeton professors are leaders in their fields, as well as teachers and mentors on campus. Our professors inspire in the classroom, innovate in the laboratory and enrich the world’s understanding of topics spanning neuroscience and global health policy to sustainable energy and race in America. Many of Princeton’s professors are household names. Eleven current faculty members are Nobel laureates, and others are MacArthur Fellows, Pulitzer Prize recipients and members of the National Academy of Sciences.
More than 70 percent of our classes have fewer than 20 students, which means our faculty of world-class scholars are engaged with and accessible to undergraduates.
Undergraduates are our Focus
Princeton’s low student-to-faculty ratio means students are able to develop close working relationships with professors, who are leaders in their fields. We expect every faculty member to teach, and we expect every student to do original, creative research.
Our approximately 5,272 undergraduate students are part of a vibrant campus community, and students stay connected to Princeton long after they have graduated. Students are encouraged to explore many academic and extracurricular opportunities while taking advantage of the University’s extraordinary facilities and resources.
As a Princeton student, you will consider our close-knit, residential campus your home. Undergraduates are guaranteed housing for all four years and nearly all undergraduates choose to live on campus. All first-years and sophomores are required to live in a residential college. The six colleges offer comfortable communities where students live, eat, study and socialize. Each college has its own distinctive architecture, with a cluster of dormitories, dining halls, common rooms, academic spaces, and arts and entertainment resources.
How to Apply
For each class, we bring together a varied mix of high-achieving, intellectually gifted students from diverse backgrounds to create an exceptional learning community.
As you prepare your application, help us to appreciate your talents, academic accomplishments and personal achievements. We'll ask for your transcript and recommendations, and we will want to know more than just the statistics in your file. Tell us your story. Show us what’s special about you. Tell us how you would seize the academic and nonacademic opportunities at Princeton and contribute to the Princeton community. Above all, please write in a style that reflects your own voice.
Deadlines for First-Year Admission
Application Due Date: Jan. 1
Decision Notification: End of March
Candidate's Reply Deadline: May 1
View first-year application dates and deadlines.
Deadlines for Transfer Admission
Application Due Date: March 1
Decision Notification: Mid-May
Candidate's Reply Deadline: Late May
View transfer application dates and deadlines.
Our aid program is designed to encourage all qualified students — regardless of financial circumstances — to consider applying for admission to Princeton.
Reflected in Princeton’s financial aid program is our commitment to equality of opportunity. Princeton admission is need-blind — there is no disadvantage in the admission process for financial aid applicants. This ensures a continued and growing enrollment of a diverse group of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. If offered admission, Princeton will meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need with a combination of grant aid and a campus job. Princeton is one of a handful of universities that applies the same policy to international students.
- Approximately 60 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid.
- An estimated 173 million in grant funds will be awarded to over 3,100 undergraduates in 2018-19.
- The average grant for the Class of 2022 was $53,100, which covers 100 percent of Princeton tuition.
- For families making up to $65,000 per year, the aid package covers full tuition, room and board.
- Twenty percent of students in the Class of 2022 receive Federal Pell Grants.
- Eighty-two percent of recent seniors graduated free of debt.
Find out the amount of financial aid you may be eligible to receive by using the Princeton financial aid estimator.