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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 11,179 applicants to the Graduate School for 2013-14, 1,223 were admitted and 586 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 2012-13, Princeton awarded 319 Ph.D.’s and 170 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 2013-14: All Master's and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded.

Applicants Admitted Accepted
No. % of Total No. % of Applicants No. % of Admits % of Class
Total 11,179 1,223 11 586 48
Men 7,274 65 768 11 347 45 59
Women 3,905 35 455 12 239 53 41
International students 5,999 54 444 7 246 55 42
Minority students 615 6 81 13 46 57 8
Women in science and engineering 1,349 12 200 15 87 44 15

Graduate Admission 2013

Division Applications Admits %
Humanities 1,494 138 9
Natural sciences 2,356 382 16
School of Architecture 502 41 8
School of Engineering and Applied Science 2,924 297 10
Social sciences 2,829 227 8
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 1,074 138 13
Total 11,179 1,223 11

GRE scores 2013–14
Average Graduate Record Examination scores vary by discipline.

Verbal (average)

Division Applicants Admits Enrollees
Architecture 155 159 159
Engineering 157 162 160
Humanities 162 165 164
Natural sciences 159 162 161
Social sciences 161 164 163
Woodrow Wilson School 161 164 164

Quantitative (average)

Division Applicants Admits Enrollees
Architecture 158 156 157
Engineering 165 166 166
Humanities 155 157 156
Natural sciences 163 165 164
Social sciences 161 163 162
Woodrow Wilson School 158 160 159

Graduate Enrollment 2012–13

The Graduate School enrolled 2,648 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2012-13. Thirty-seven percent of the Graduate School’s students are female, 38 percent are citizens of other countries, and 7 percent are members of U.S. minority groups. The median time from matriculation to receiving a Ph.D. at Princeton, including all departments, is 5.6 years (for 2012-13).

Enrollment of graduate degree candidates by academic division, 2012–13

Division Number %
Humanities 482 18
Natural sciences 749 28
School of Architecture 84 3
School of Engineering and Applied Science 575 22
Social sciences 552 21
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 206 8
Total 2,648 100