How to Apply
The application deadline has passed. Applications for admission Fall '15 will be accepted in Fall 2014.
A completed web based application including:
- Official transcripts of your grades
- Three letters of recommendation
- For students whose native language is not English and who have not received their undergraduate education in a U.S. college or university: official TOEFL exam scores from ETS
We require applicants to take the GRE examination from ETS and to request that scores be sent directly to Princeton. This test can be taken all over the world. Almost all applicants submit scores for the GRE General Test. Many applicants also submit scores for one of the science Subject Tests.
Our school code for GRE and TOEFL is 2672. No department code is required.
Fee waivers are available for US citizens or permanent residents only, and must be requested through the web application. Please ensure that your recommendation letters and test scores are routed to the Graduate Admissions Office in a timely manner.
All admitted students receive full financial support for the duration of their Ph.D., including tuition, a competitive stipend, and health benefits. This support is made possible through a combination of funds from Princeton University, federal grants to PNI, generous private donations, and grants to faculty members.
Princeton University Graduate School
Princeton, NJ 08544
Phone: (609) 258-3034
Fax: (609) 258-7262
Regular Office Hours: 8:45-5 p.m.; Summer Hours: 8:30-4:30 p.m.
- Approximately how many students apply for the program?
- What is your cutoff GRE? The website says most applicants score at or above the 80th percentile and my general GRE scores are slightly below this. Is it worth trying to get in?
- If I have done my undergraduate education in the US, is my TOEFL requirement waived?
- What is the code for federal aid programs?
- Do you offer a master’s degree program?
- Can I apply for admission for the spring term?
- When are the interview weekends?
During the 2008-2009 application year we had 122 applications for 8 seats.
We do not have any cutoffs on GRE scores. We are much more interested in whether you have passion for research, capacity for clear thinking, and a capacity for learning. Your research experience and what your research mentors say about your research will be strongly considered during the application process. Both of those will count much more than GRE scores.
No. Applications for admission are only accepted for the fall term.
Promising candidates will usually be invited to visit campus in February or March.