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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 2013, the faculty (including visitors and part-time faculty) totaled 1,177, including 513 professors, 75 associate professors, 181 assistant professors, 20 instructors, 279 lecturers and 109 visitors.

Seventy-two percent of the professorial faculty is tenured. Excluding visitors, approximately 373 members of the faculty are women, and 224 are identified as members of minority groups. There were 199 tenured women on the faculty in spring 2013.

Approximately 47 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.

Twelve members of the current Princeton faculty (including emeritus) are recipients of the Nobel Prize. Also, Princeton faculty and staff members are frequently named MacArthur Fellows.

Twelve 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
Val L. Fitch, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics Emeritus physics 1980
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
Russell A. Hulse, principal research physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory physics 1993
John F. Nash, Senior research mathematician economics 1994
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