By the Numbers

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes at Princeton for the 2020-21 academic year. The Princeton Profile does not attempt to capture all the alterations to programs and other offerings which continue to evolve given public health guidance and requirements. Please check directly with relevant offices for the latest information.

61%. Approximately 61% of undergraduates receive financial aid.

$65,000. For families making up to $65,000 per year, the financial aid package covers full tuition and room and board.

82%. Among recent seniors, 82% graduated debt free. For seniors who borrowed, the average total indebtedness at graduation was $9,000.

20%. In the Class of 2024, more than 20% of students are eligible for federal Pell Grants for low-income students—reflecting the University’s enduring commitment to attract, enroll and support extraordinary students from all backgrounds.

6,000. During the first 48 hours of remote instruction in March 2020, Princeton held more than 6,000 Zoom meetings with a total of more than 47,000 participants. The total meeting time was 1.8 million minutes.

$1 million. Princeton University established the Princeton University Relief Fund to provide additional direct support to community organizations that are working to alleviate economic distress related to COVID-19 among individuals and businesses. The initial University commitment to the fund is $1 million.

$126,613.35. The campus community raised $126,613.35 during the 2019-2020 United Way Campaign. Proceeds support the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s education, financial stability, food insecurity and health programs.

Looking back at 2019–20

The Board of Trustees reaffirmed the University’s commitment to ensuring that a Princeton education is affordable for every student despite the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Eisgruber urged the Princeton community to address racial injustice and charged the University’s senior academic and administrative leaders with identifying ways the University can more effectively fight racism within and beyond the institution to create a more just and equal society.

The University established the Summer Food and Nutrition Program to address pandemic-related food insecurity in Mercer County. University staff procured, prepared and packaged approximately 9,500 meals a week to be distributed to an estimated 1,800-2,000 people in surrounding communities through community partners.

Graduate student Xiyue Wang was released in December 2019 after being held in Iran for more than three years. “We are grateful to everyone, at Princeton and beyond, who has supported Xiyue and his family throughout his unjust imprisonment, and for all the efforts that have led to his release,” President Eisgruber said.

James Peebles, the Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus, was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.”

The University held its first virtual Commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2020. The ceremony included remarks from President Eisgruber ’83, journalist Maria Ressa ’86, and Nicholas Johnson ’20, the University’s first Black valedictorian.

More than 1,200 alumni and guests embraced a wide range of opportunities to connect with and celebrate the University’s Black alumni during the Thrive conference.