Sandy Fong '13
New York City
You may use Princeton's Application Tracking System, which will be available in October of the year you are applying to verify whether we have received all your required application materials. Please refer to the back page of our publication Ready. Set. Go. (PDF) to review what to include in your admission application.
Single-choice early action application materials must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Nov. 1. Regular decision application materials must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Jan. 1, and we encourage students to submit their portion of the application by Dec. 15, if possible. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, you must submit your Financial Aid Application by Feb. 1. Early action applicants who have submitted a Financial Aid Application will be notified of their awards when they receive their early action decision in mid-December. Learn more about important application dates and deadlines.
Required Application Components
All applicants must submit by the deadlines noted above:
- A completed application form. You may submit your Common Application online or download the Common Application pdf if you have no access to a computer.
- Princeton's Supplement to the Common Application. In addition to the Common Application, all applicants must submit the Princeton Supplement online as part of the Common Application, or if you have no access to a computer, use this downloadable PDF.
- A Secondary School Report (SSR) and transcript. Please ask your high school counselor or other school official to complete and submit an SSR form along with an official transcript. This form is available online as part of the Common Application or separately as a downloadable PDF.
- In addition to all the application materials required from students applying at schools located within the United States, international students must submit the International Supplement, available online at the Common Application site or as a downloadable PDF.
- Two teacher references. Please ask two of your teachers to complete and send the Teacher Reference Forms. Choose teachers from two different areas of study. These two forms are available online as part of the Common Application or separately as a downloadable PDF.
- A mid-year school report. Please ask your high school counselor or other school official to complete and submit this form, which is available online as part of the Common Application or separately as a downloadable PDF.
- SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. Early action applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their SAT and ACT tests before the Nov. 1 deadline. Regular decision applicants should take the SAT Reasoning Test by the January test date or take the ACT with Writing by the December date. Learn more about standardized testing for admission.
- SAT Subject Tests. All Early action applicants are strongly encouraged to complete two SAT Subject Tests by the Nov. 1 deadline, in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. Regular decision applicants are expected to take two SAT Subject Tests by the January test date. This is in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. If you are considering a degree in engineering (B.S.E.), your two SAT Subject Tests should include Physics or Chemistry, and Mathematics I or II. Learn more about standardized testing for admission.
- Test Registration Codes. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the following codes to ensure your scores are sent to Princeton:
- TOEFL scores. If English is not the primary language at your school and if English is not the primary language spoken in your home, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You are not required to take the TOEFL if English is your native language or if you have spent at least three years at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction.
Optional Application Components
You may also submit:
- Arts Supplement, if applicable. If you've excelled in architecture, creative writing, dance, music, theater or visual arts, and would like us to consider your talent, consult Princeton's Optional Arts Form (this form can also be submitted online). To be considered, early action applicants must mail materials to the Admission Office by Nov. 1. Regular decision applicants must mail materials by Jan. 1.
- Interview. Depending on availability, once you have applied, you may be invited to interview with a member of one of our Princeton Alumni Schools Committees. If so, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Interviews take place after the Admission Office has received your application. Many Princeton Alumni Schools Committees have enough volunteers to offer every applicant an interview. As the interview is not a required element of the application, you will not be at a disadvantage if an interview is not available in your area. We do not offer on-campus interviews.
If you have provided us with an email address, you will receive a confirmation notice when we have received your application and another notice when we have received all required supporting materials. Applicants who don’t provide email addresses will be contacted by regular mail. If your application is incomplete, we will let you know which pieces are missing. Beginning in October, you also may track the completeness of your application online, after registering using the PIN and email address you listed on your application.