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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 for first-year applicants: 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.

Princeton is reinstating a transfer admission process for fall 2018 entry. The Transfer application deadline is March 1.

Admission Rates

Academic year Applications Admitted %
2017-18 31,066 1,991 6.4
2016-17 29,303 1,911 6.5
2015-16 27,290 1,948 7.1
2014-15 26,641 1,983 7.4
2007-08 18,942 1,838 9,7
1997-98 13,400 1,723 12.9

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2017-18

  No. %
Total 5,232  
    Men 2,680 51.2
    Women 2,552 48.8
American minorities 2,282 43.6
    African American 404 7.7
    American Indian 8 0.2
    Asian American 1,109 21.2
    Latino/Hispanic 527 10.1
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 225 4.3
    Pacific Islander 9 0.2
Alumni children 602 11.5
International students 644 12.3

In 2016-17, the largest numbers of students came from New Jersey (837), California (589), New York (586), Pennsylvania (244) and Maryland (197) Students also came from 99 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 2017: Class of 2021
All percentages rounded.

  Applicants      Admitted            Enrolled  
  No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 31,056 1,991 6.4 1,315 66.0
Men 16,098 51.8 965 6.4 653 65.6 49.7
Women 14,958 48.2 996 6.7 662 66.5 50.3
Alumni children 683 2.2 207 30.3 172 83.1 13.1
Minority students 13,860 44.6 1,061 7.7 605 57.0 46.0
International students 5,430 17.5 238 4.4 168 70.6 12.8

Undergraduate Costs and Financial Aid

Here is what it costs for an undergraduate to study in 2017-18:

Tuition $47,140
Room 8,980
Board 6,630
Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.) 3,500
Total $67,100

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 2021

Percent on aid

Aid recipients 60%
Non-aid 40%

Average aid award ($52,690)

Grant aid 96% $50,600
Campus jobs 4% $2,090

The average financial aid grant for students from families earning up to $65,000 covers full tuition, room, board and the residential college fee. Most students from families with incomes up to $160,000 pay no tuition, and for an average family with income around $190,000, grant support would cover roughly 76 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 2021

Gross Family Income       Average Grant* What It Covers
$0-65,000 $64,010 Full tuition, college fee, room + board
$100,000-120,000 $53,705 Full tuition, college fee, 37% room + board
$200,000-250,000 $30,750 65% tuition

*A grant does not have to be repaid.

Princeton's Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2017-18

Total scholarship budget   $161,109,000
Provided by the University 94.1%  
    Endowed scholarships   127,218,000
    General Funds   23,561,000
    Yearly gifts to scholarship program   750,000
Provided by government 3.5% 5,680,000
Provided by outside organizations 2.4% 3,900,000

Graduate Admission and Enrollment

Of the 10,967 applicants to the Graduate School for 2017-18, 1,331 were admitted and 657 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 2016-17, Princeton awarded 358 Ph.D.’s and 162 final master’s degrees.

Graduate Enrollment 2016-17

The Graduate School enrolled 2,747 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2016-17. 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 2016-17).

Enrollment of Graduate Degree Candidates by Academic Division, 2016-17

Division No. %
Humanities 506 19
Natural sciences 770 28
School of Architecture 85 3
School of Engineering and Applied Science 615 22
Social sciences 568 21
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 203 7
Total 2,747 100

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 2017-18: All Master's and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded.

  Applicants      Admitted            Yielded  
  No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 10,967 1,331 12 657 49
Men 7,062 64 805 11 392 49 60
Women 3,905 36 526 13 265 50 40
International students 6,012 55 542 9 302 56 46
Minority students 1,426 13 245 17 112 46 17
Women in science and engineering 1,512 14 258 17 100 39 15