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Graduate Admission and Enrollment

Admission to Princeton’s Graduate School presents singular opportunities in a community that offers students extraordinary academic and intellectual resources.

Of the 10,964 applicants to the Graduate School for 2014-15, 1,231 were admitted and 608 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 recommendations to the dean for admission.

In 2013-14, Princeton awarded 389 Ph.D.’s and 181 final master’s degrees. The University emphasizes Ph.D. programs in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering. Princeton has no business, law or medical schools.

Graduate Admission 2014-15: All Master's and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded.

Applicants Admitted Accepted
No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 10,964 1,231 11 608 49
Men 7,147 65 772 11 376 49 62
Women 3,817 35 459 12 232 51 38
International students 6,004 55 487 8 274 56 45
Minority students 1,245 11 200 16 82 41 13
Women in science and engineering 1,391 13 209 15 87 42 14

Graduate Admission 2014-15

Division Applications Admits %
Humanities 1,480 140 9
Natural sciences 2,402 345 14
School of Architecture 516 50 10
School of Engineering and Applied Science 2,826 316 11
Social sciences 2,742 242 9
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 998 138 14
Total 10,964 1,231 11

GRE scores 2014–15
Average Graduate Record Examination scores vary by discipline.

Verbal (average)

Division Applicants Admits Enrollees
Humanities 161 164 164
Natural sciences 158 163 161
Architecture 154 159 159
Engineering 156 161 160
Social sciences 161 164 164
Woodrow Wilson School 161 164 164

Quantitative (average)

Division Applicants Admits Enrollees
Architecture 154 156 156
Engineering 151 162 160
Humanities 155 165 164
Natural sciences 154 161 158
Social sciences 142 160 158
Woodrow Wilson School 155 163 162

Graduate Enrollment 2013–14

The Graduate School enrolled 2,666 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2013-14. Thirty-eight percent of the Graduate School’s students are female, 38 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 2013-14).

Enrollment of graduate degree candidates by academic division, 2013–14

Division Number %
Humanities 477 18
Natural sciences 767 29
School of Architecture 78 3
School of Engineering and Applied Science 576 21
Social sciences 564 21
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 204 8
Total 2,666 100