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Academic Life

Princeton University is unique in the way it combines the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. With a student-faculty ratio of 5 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, Princeton students have the flexibility to shape dynamic academic programs that prepare them for leadership and lives of service.

The Faculty

In spring 2017, the faculty (including visitors and part-time faculty) totaled 1,252, including 500 professors, 100 associate professors, 187 assistant professors, 17 instructors, 331 lecturers and 117 visitors.

Seventy-six percent of the professorial faculty is tenured Excluding visitors, 405 members of the faculty are women, and 235 are identified as members of minority groups. There were 162 tenured women on the faculty in spring 2017.

Approximately 50 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 closely with undergraduates in the supervision of junior-year independent work and senior theses.

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

Faculty member Nobel Year
Philip W. Anderson, emeritus physics 1977
Toni Morrison, emeritus literature 1993
Joseph H. Taylor, emeritus physics 1993
Eric F. Wieschaus physiology/medicine 1995
Daniel C. Tsui, emeritus physics 1998
Daniel Kahneman, emeritus economics 2002
David J. Gross, emeritus physics 2004
Paul Krugman, emeritus economics 2008
Christopher Sims economics 2011
Angus Deaton, emeritus economics 2015
F. Duncan Haldane physics 2016