Skip over navigation

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 %
2015-16 27,290 1,948 7.1
2014-15 26,642 1,983 7.4
2013-14 26,498 1,963 7.4
2012-13 26,664 2,0094 7.9
2004-05 16,510 1,807 10.9
1994-95 14,311 2,013 14.1

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2015-16

No. %
Total 5,254
    Men 2,717 52.0
    Women 2,537 48.0
American minorities 2,233 42.5
    African American 400 7.6
    American Indian 6 0.1
    Asian American 1,128 21.5
    Latino/Hispanic 482 9.2
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 209 4.0
    Pacific Islander 8 0.2
Alumni children 615 11.8
International students 622 11.8

In 2014-15, the largest numbers of students came from New Jersey (843), California (623), New York (577), Pennsylvania (243) and Maryland (182). Students also came from 92 nations.

In recent years, approximately 88 percent of each entering class has graduated from Princeton within four years, and 96 percent of all undergraduates have received a degree from Princeton within six years.

Admission 2015: Class of 2019
All percentages rounded.

Applicants      Admitted            Enrolled
No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 27,290  1,948 7.1 1,322 67.0
Men 14,614 53.6 1,003 6.9 698 69.6 52.8
Women 12,676 46.4 945 7.5 624 66.0 47.2
Alumni children 588 2.2 183 31.1 161 88.0 12.2
Minority students 11,664 42.7 969 8.3 569 58.7 43.0
International students 5,095 18.7 250 4.9 180 72.0 13.6

Undergraduate Costs and Financial Aid

Here is what it costs for an undergraduate to study in 2015-16:

Tuition $43,450
Room 7,920
Board 6,240
Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.) 3,550
Total $61,160

The University’s pioneering financial aid program provides 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 2019

Percent on aid

Aid recipients 60%
Non-aid 40%

Average aid award ($48,600)

Grant aid 95% $46,350
Campus jobs 5% $2,250

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 80 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 2019

Gross Family Income       Average Grant* What It Covers
$0-65,000 $57,700 Full tuition, room + board
$100,000-120,000 $47,400 Full tuition, 28% room + board
$200,000-250,000 $24,900 57% tuition

*A grant does not have to be repaid.

Princeton's Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2015-16

Total scholarship budget $140,519,000
Provided by the University 94%
    Endowed scholarships 111,578,000
    General Funds 19,811,000
    Yearly gifts to scholarship program 700,000
Provided by government 3.5% 4,930,000
Provided by outside organizations 2.5% 3,500,000

Graduate Admission and Enrollment

Of the 10,956 applicants to the Graduate School for 2015-16, 1,258 were admitted and 624 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 2014-15, Princeton awarded 371 Ph.D.’s and 144 final master’s degrees.

Graduate Enrollment 2014-15

The Graduate School enrolled 2,671 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2014-15. Thirty-nine percent of the Graduate School’s students are female, 40 percent are citizens of other countries, and 14 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 2014-15).

Enrollment of graduate degree candidates by academic division, 2014-15:
All percentages rounded.

Division No. %
Humanities 487 18
Natural sciences 768 29
School of Architecture 86 3
School of Engineering and Applied Science 583 22
Social sciences 561 21
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 186 7
Total 2,671 100

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 2015-16: All Master's and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded.

Applicants      Admitted            Accepted
No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 10,956  1,258 11 608 50
Men 7,141 65 773 11 377 49 60
Women 3,815 35 485 13 247 51 40
International students 5,946 54 482 8 272 56 44
Minority students 1,360 12 222 16 96 43 15
Women in science and engineering 1,427 13 239 16 92 39 15