Admission and Costs

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—and Regular Decision. Both programs have a candidate’s reply date of May 1.

The University also offers a transfer admission process that enrolls a small group of exceptionally well-prepared transfer students. Students from lower-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 2021: Class of 2025

As of August 30, 2021; all percentages rounded

Applicants Number % of total
Total 37,601
    Men 18,737 49.8
    Women 18,864 50.2
International students 8,043 21.4
Admitted Number % of total
Total 1,647
    Men 781 47.4
    Women 866 52.6
International students 206 12.5

Enrolled Number % of total
Total 1,345
    Men 662 49.2
    Women 683 50.8
International students 170 12.6

Approximate Undergraduate Enrollment, 2021–22

  Number % of total
Total 5,296
    Men 2,655 50.1
    Women 2,641 49.9
American minorities 2,566 48.5
    African American 439 8.3
    American Indian 10 0.2
    Asian American 1,210 22.8
    Latino/Hispanic 560 10.6
    Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 342 6.5
    Pacific Islander 5 0.1
Alumni children 693 13.1
International students 635 12.0

In 2020–21, the largest numbers of undergraduate students came from New Jersey (814), California (507), New York (479), Pennsylvania (237) and Texas (196). Students also came from 97 nations.

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 fall 2021–22:

Expense Amount
Tuition $56,010
Room $10,690
Board $7,490
Miscellaneous expenses (books, supplies, etc.) $3,500
Total $77,690

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 2025

Percent on aid %
Aid recipients 61%
Non-aid 39%
Average aid award  
Grant aid $59,700

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 2025.

Gross family income Average grant* What it covers
$0-65,000 $74,230 Full tuition, college fee, room + board
$100,000-120,000 $64,900 Full tuition, college fee, 35% room + board
$200,000-250,000 $36,655 65% tuition

* A grant does not have to be repaid.

Princeton’s Estimated Financial Aid Budget, 2021–22

Source % Amount
Total scholarship budget   $212,198,140
Provided by the University 94.0%  
    Endowed scholarships   $190,000,000
    General funds   $8,633,140
    Yearly gifts to scholarship program   $935,000
Provided by government 3.6% $7,630,000
Provided by outside organizations 2.4% $5,000,000

Graduate Admission and Enrollment

Of the 14,343 applicants to the Graduate School for 2021–22, 1,268 were admitted and 675 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 2020–21, Princeton awarded 293 Ph.D.s and 164 final master’s degrees.

Graduate Admission 2021–22:

All Master’s and Doctoral Candidates
All percentages rounded

Applicants Number % of Total
Total 14,343
    Men 9,006 63
    Women 5,337 37
International students 7,768 54
U.S. minority students 2,654 40*
U.S. first-generation or low-income students 2,097 31*
Women in STEM 2,336 30†
Admitted Number % Admitted % of Admits
Total 1,268 9
    Men 735 8 58
    Women 533 10 42
International students 466 6 37
U.S. minority students 410 15 51*
U.S. first-generation or low-income students 219 10 27*
Women in STEM 305 13 37†
Yielded Number % yielded % of acceptances
Total 675 53
    Men 379 52 56
    Women 296 56 44
International students 265 57 39
U.S. minority students 190 46 46*
U.S. first-generation or low-income students 122 56 30*
Women in STEM 140 46 37†

* Percentage is of all U.S. students
† Percentage is of all STEM students

Graduate Enrollment 2020–21

The Graduate School enrolled 3,065 degree candidates in 42 departments and programs in academic year 2020-21. Forty-one percent of the Graduate School’s students are female, and 41% are citizens of other countries. Thirty-seven 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 2020-21).

Enrollment of Graduate Degree Candidates by Academic Division, 2020–21

Division Number %
Humanities 533 17
Natural sciences 897 30
School of Architecture 121 4
School of Engineering and Applied Science 710 23
Social sciences 615 20
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs 189 6
Total 3,065 100

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.