Admission and Costs [2019]

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.

Application deadlines

Single-Choice Early Action Nov. 1
Regular Decision Jan. 1
Transfer March 1

Admission Rates

Academic year Applications Admitted %
2019–20 32,804 1,896 5.78
2018–19 35,370 1,941 5.5
2017–18 31,056 1,991 6.4
2016–17 29,303 1,911 6.5

Admission 2019: Class of 2023

All percentages rounded

Applicants Number % of total
Total 32,840
    Men 16,720 51.0
    Women 16,084 49.0
Alumni children 714 2.2
Students of color 15,893 48.5
International students 5,562 17.0
Admitted Number % of total
Total 1,896
    Men 908 47.9
    Women 988 52.1
Alumni children 216 11.4
Students of color 1,059 55.9
International students 208 11.0
Enrolled Number % of total
Total 1,343
    Men 661 49.2
    Women 682 50.8
Alumni children 183 13.6
Students of color 665 49.5
International students 150 11.2

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2019–20

Enrolled Number % of total
Total 5,267
    Men 2,649 50.3
    Women 2,618 49.7
American minorities 2,439 46.3
    African American 416 7.9
    American Indian 11 0.2
    Asian American 1,171 22.2
    Latino/Hispanic 555 10.5
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 282 5.4
    Pacific Islander 4 0.1
Alumni children 607 11.5
International students 643 12.2

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:

Expense Amount
Tuition $51,870
Residential College Fee $930
Room $10,090
Board $7,060
Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.) $3,500
Total $73,450

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 %
Aid recipients 61%
Non-aid 39%
Average aid award %
Grant aid 96% ($56,500)
Campus jobs 4% ($2,050)
Total 100% ($55,200)

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
$200,000-250,000 $36,185 68% tuition

* A grant does not have to be repaid.

Princeton’s Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2019–20

Source % Amount
Total scholarship budget   $187,792,391
Provided by the University 94.0%  
    Endowed scholarships   $156,899,600
    General funds   $18,912,791
    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
Total 12,533
    Men 7,874 63
    Women 4,679 37
International students 6,868 55
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
Total 1,322 11
    Men 709 9 54
    Women 613 13 46
International students 506 7 38
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
Total 672 51
    Men 355 50 53
    Women 317 52 47
International students 273 54 41
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

Division Number %
Humanities 515 17
Natural sciences 855 29
School of Architecture 111 4
School of Engineering and Applied Science 680 23
Social sciences 604 20
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs 206 7
Total 2,971 100

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.