Founded in 2001 by the Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation, the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a rigorous, academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from local districts. Our multi-year, tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and ongoing success within selective colleges and universities.
Students are selected to become PUPP Scholars during the spring of their freshmen year of high school. PUPP currently partners directly with six high schools in the Mercer County, NJ region: Ewing High School, Lawrence High School, Nottingham High School (Hamilton, NJ), Princeton High School, Trenton Central High School and Trenton High School West. Students must attend one of these schools in order to be eligible for the program. Acceptance into PUPP is contingent upon a student’s academic record, state exam scores (NJ Ask 8), a writing sample, house-hold income, and their performance in a small group interview, leadership potential, and commitment to pursuing higher education. The recruitment process takes place during the spring of 9th grade, with applications available on March 1st each year.
Once selected, PUPP Scholars participate throughout the remainder of their high school career. Scholars complete three, intensive six-and-a-half week summer institutes at Princeton University and take part in school-year programming, including weekly after school academic enrichment sessions and a series of cultural excursions. PUPP works directly with students and their parents during their senior year of high school to provide guidance and support during the college admissions and financial aid process. PUPP alumni receive support with their transition to college and guidance throughout their collegiate career.