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Academic Life

Princeton University is unique in combining the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. With a student-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, Princeton excels in its commitment to teaching and provides learning opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. Whether through independent study, student-initiated seminars or lectures in emerging fields such as neuroscience, Princeton students have the flexibility to shape dynamic academic programs that prepare them for leadership and lives of service.

The Faculty

In spring 2014, the faculty (including visitors and part-time faculty) totaled 1,175, including 495 professors, 80 associate professors, 180 assistant professors, 17 instructors, 292 lecturers and 111 visitors.

Seventy-one percent of the professorial faculty is tenured. Excluding visitors, approximately 344 members of the faculty are women, and 224 are identified as members of minority groups. There were 198 tenured women on the faculty in spring 2014.

Approximately 49 percent of Princeton’s tenured faculty members were promoted to tenure while at Princeton; the others were hired with tenure from other institutions.

All faculty members at Princeton are expected to teach, as well as engage in research. Faculty members work most closely with undergraduates in the supervision of junior-year independent work and senior theses.

Ten members of the current Princeton faculty (including emeritus) are recipients of the Nobel Prize:

Philip W. Anderson, Joseph Henry Professor of Physics Emeritus physics 1977
Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus literature 1993
Joseph H. Taylor, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics Emeritus physics 1993
Eric F. Wieschaus, Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology physiology/medicine 1995
Daniel C. Tsui, Arthur Legrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering Emeritus physics 1998
Daniel Kahneman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus and professor of psychology and public affairs emeritus economics 2002
David J. Gross, Thomas D. Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics Emeritus physics 2004
Paul Krugman, Professor of economics and international affairs economics 2008
Christopher Sims, Harold H. Helm ’20 Professor of Economics and Banking economics 2011
Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs economics 2015

Also, Princeton faculty and staff members are frequently named MacArthur Fellows and receive other notable awards in their fields.