Undergraduate Admission and Enrollment
Princeton admits a class of students each year that stands out not just for outstanding academic ability but also for the wide range of backgrounds, interests, accomplishments and aspirations it represents.
The University seeks students who will benefit from a Princeton education and will use that educational experience to impact their communities and the world.
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 University also offers a transfer admission process that enrolls a small group of exceptionally well-prepared transfer students. Students from low-income backgrounds, community college students and U.S. military veterans are particularly encouraged to apply.
|Single-Choice Early Action||Nov. 1|
|Regular Decision||Jan. 1|
Admission 2019: Class of 2023
All percentages rounded
|Applicants||Number||% of total|
|Students of color||15,893||48.5|
|Admitted||Number||% of total|
|Students of color||1,059||55.9|
|Enrolled||Number||% of total|
|Students of color||665||49.5|
Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2019–20
|Enrolled||Number||% of total|
In 2018–19, the largest numbers of students came from New Jersey (866), New York (581), California (561), Pennsylvania (259) and Massachusetts (206). Students also came from 104 nations, including the United States.
In recent years, approximately 90% of each entering class has graduated from Princeton within four years, and 97% of all undergraduates have received a degree from Princeton within six years.
Undergraduate Costs and Financial Aid
Here is what it costs for an undergraduate to study in 2019–20:
|Residential College Fee||$930|
|Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.)||$3,500|
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 61% 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 2023
|Percent on aid||%|
|Average aid award||%|
|Grant aid||96% ($56,500)|
|Campus jobs||4% ($2,050)|
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 81% 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 the Class of 2023.
|Gross family income||Average grant*||What it covers|
|$0-65,000||$71,340||Full tuition, college fee, room + board|
|$100,000-120,000||$58,780||Full tuition, college fee, 35% room + board|
* A grant does not have to be repaid.
Princeton’s Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2019–20
|Total scholarship budget||$187,792,391|
|Provided by the University||94.0%|
|Yearly gifts to scholarship program||550,000|
|Provided by government||3.7%||$6,930,000|
|Provided by outside organizations||2.3%||$4,500,000|
Graduate Admission and Enrollment
Of the 12,533 applicants to the Graduate School for 2020–21, 1,322 were admitted and 672 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 2019–20, Princeton awarded 318 Ph.D.s and 174 final master’s degrees.
Graduate Admission 2020–21:
All Master’s and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded
|Applicants||Number||% of Total|
|U.S. minority students||2,245||39*|
|U.S. first-generation or low-income students||1,772||31*|
|Women in STEM||2,055||30†|
|Admitted||Number||% Admitted||% of Admits|
|U.S. minority students||387||17||47*|
|U.S. first-generation or low-income students||187||11||23*|
|Women in STEM||314||15||41†|
|Yielded||Number||% yielded||% of acceptances|
|U.S. minority students||177||46||44*|
|U.S. first-generation or low-income students||107||57||27*|
|Women in STEM||136||43||41†|
* Percentage is of all U.S. students
† Percentage is of all STEM students
Graduate Enrollment 2019–20
The Graduate School enrolled 2,971 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2019–20. Forty percent of the Graduate School’s students are female, and 42% are citizens of other countries. Thirty-five percent of domestic graduate students at Princeton 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 2019–20).
Enrollment of Graduate Degree Candidates by Academic Division, 2018–19
|School of Architecture||111||4|
|School of Engineering and Applied Science||680||23|
|Princeton School of Public and International Affairs||206||7|
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.