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Admission and Costs

Undergraduate Admission and Enrollment

Princeton seeks applicants who demonstrate exceptionally high academic ability and performance. Personal strengths and nonacademic talents and commitment are also highly valued.

Princeton offers two admission programs: Single-Choice Early Action — requiring applicants to apply early only to Princeton, though they can defer acceptance of Princeton’s offer until the end of the regular admission process — and Regular Decision. The postmark or electronic submission deadline for Early Action is Nov. 1. For Regular Decision, the deadline is Jan. 1, although Regular Decision applicants are encouraged to submit their portion of the application by Dec. 15, if possible.

Admission Rates

Academic year Applications Admitted %
2016-17 29,303 1,911 6.5
2015-16 27,290 1,948 7.1
2014-15 26,642 1,983 7.4
2013-14 26,498 1,963 7.4
2006-07 17,564 1,790 10.2
1996-97 14,869 1,715 11.5

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2016-17

  No. %
Total 5,227  
    Men 2,700 52.0
    Women 2,527 48.0
American minorities 2,228 42.6
    African American 401 7.7
    American Indian 7 0.1
    Asian American 1,111 21.3
    Latino/Hispanic 496 9.5
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 205 3.9
    Pacific Islander 8 0.2
Alumni children 618 11.2
International students 642 12.3

In 2015-16, the largest numbers of students came from New Jersey (861), California (614), New York (571), Pennsylvania (235) and Maryland (197). Students also came from 96 nations.

In recent years, approximately 90 percent of each entering class has graduated from Princeton within four years, and 97 percent of all undergraduates have received a degree from Princeton within six years.

Admission 2016: Class of 2020
All percentages rounded.

  Applicants      Admitted            Enrolled  
  No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 29,303  1,911 6.5 1,321 69.1
Men 15,157 51.7 965 6.4 679 70.4 51.4
Women 14,146 48.3 946 6.7 642 67.9 48.6
Alumni children 651 2.2 213 32.7 191 89.7 14.5
Minority students 12,495 42.6 970 7.8 563 58.0 42.6
International students 5,162 17.6 225 4.4 159 70.7 12

Undergraduate Costs and Financial Aid

Here is what it costs for an undergraduate to study in 2016-17:

Tuition $45,320
Room 8,335
Board 6,435
Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.) 3,600
Total $63,690

The University’s pioneering financial aid program provides the assistance necessary to make sure that all students, including international students, who are admitted and need financial aid can attend. The aid comes in the form of grants, which do not need to be repaid. Approximately 60 percent of all undergraduate students receive aid. Because no student is required to take out loans, Princeton’s aid program allows its students to graduate debt free.

Class of 2020

Percent on aid

Aid recipients 60%
Non-aid 40%

Average aid award ($50,240)

Grant aid 95% $48,000
Campus jobs 5% $2,240

Typically, students from families with the U.S. median household income of $54,000 pay no tuition and their average grant also covers room, board and other expenses. Most students from families with incomes up to $140,000 pay no tuition, and for an average family with income around $170,000, grant support would cover roughly 87 percent of tuition.

The amount parents are asked to contribute varies from family to family based on a review of their financial circumstances. Princeton uses its own need formula to determine parental contributions.

Financial Aid for Admitted Students
Selected income ranges for Class of 2020

Gross Family Income       Average Grant* What It Covers
$0-65,000 $60,740 Full tuition, room + board
$100,000-120,000 $49,460 Full tuition, 28% room + board
$200,000-250,000 $27,500 60% tuition

*A grant does not have to be repaid.

Princeton's Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2016-17

Total scholarship budget   $146,492,000
Provided by the University 94%  
    Endowed scholarships   116,099,000
    General Funds   20,743,000
    Yearly gifts to scholarship program   680,000
Provided by government 3.5% 5,270,000
Provided by outside organizations 2.5% 3,700,000

Graduate Admission and Enrollment

Of the 10,804 applicants to the Graduate School for 2016-17, 1,305 were admitted and 646 accepted the offer of admission.

While graduate candidates submit applications to the Graduate School, faculty members in the individual departments that will award the degrees review the applications and make admission recommendations to the dean.

In 2015-16, Princeton awarded 373 Ph.D.’s and 166 final master’s degrees.

Graduate Enrollment 2015-16

The Graduate School enrolled 2,704 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2015-16. Thirty-nine percent of the Graduate School’s students are female, 42 percent are citizens of other countries, and 15 percent are members of U.S. minority groups. The median time from matriculation to receiving a Ph.D. at Princeton, including all departments, is 5.7 years (for 2015-16).

Enrollment of graduate degree candidates by academic division, 2015-16:
All percentages rounded.

Division No. %
Humanities 498 19
Natural sciences 783 29
School of Architecture 91 3
School of Engineering and Applied Science 568 21
Social sciences 569 21
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 195 7
Total 2,704 100

Graduate Costs and Financial Support

All Ph.D. and many master’s degree candidates in the Graduate School receive financial support for the duration of their degree program through some combination of University fellowships, assistantships in research or teaching, and non-University awards. Princeton guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. This funding covers the full cost of tuition and fees and a stipend intended to support the estimated living expenses of a single graduate student.

Graduate Admission 2016-17: All Master's and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded.

  Applicants      Admitted            Yielded  
  No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 10,804  1,305 12 646 50
Men 6,938 64 814 12 387 48 60
Women 3,866 36 491 12 259 53 40
International students 5,857 54 496 8 269 54 42
Minority students 1,359 13 249 18 98 39 15
Women in science and engineering 1,437 13 230 16 96 42 15