Princeton University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,,USA

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Shilpa Saxena

Founded as the College of New Jersey, Princeton serves as the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the country with the third-largest University Chapel in the world. The university is among the leading members that hold highest number of Ivy League titles. Princeton is a proud institution housing about 112 Princetonians who have competed in the Olympics. The university has 1,289 full-time and part-time visiting faculty, 27 of whom are Nobel Prize winners.

Princeton University has been honored not only to publish the work of the Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Albert Einstein in its press but also introduce him as a Guest Lecturer. Another fascinating fact is that Charles Pete Conrad, who was a 1953 Princeton alumnus, took Princeton’s flag to the Moon as a NASA Astronaut and Commander of Apollo 12 mission in 1969. Speaking of renowned Princeton graduates, three of the members of the US Supreme Court are Princeton alumni. Their names are Justices Samuel Alito '72, Sonia Sotomayor '76, and Elena Kagan '81.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

Princeton University offers 99 specializations in its taught courses along with brilliant research opportunities. Students may choose from 35 study areas for their undergraduate degrees, 18 master’s degrees, and 42 doctoral degrees.

Professional Master’s Degree:

Princeton is known to handle professional master’s degrees in the following streams:

  •          Architecture
  •          Engineering
  •          Finance
  •          Near Eastern Studies
  •          Public and International Affairs
  •          Public Policy

Note: Princeton University does not offer an MBA program.


The university offers PhD programs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Over 2,700 graduate students are enrolled in the 42 doctoral degrees.

Areas of Study:

Students at Princeton either study or conduct research in the following areas:

Taught Areas

Research Areas


Engineering and Applied Science



Social Studies

Social Studies

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

All the names of research wings are the same as taught courses except for the Engineering department.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

The eligibility requirements for international applicants vary from that of the US applicants, especially if they belong to non-English-speaking countries. Refer to the program-based requirements below:

Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements

Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements

  • 3-4 year bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
  • GMAT or GRE

Note: To learn about the exact entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact course page of the official website.

What documents are needed for the application?

The list of documents required at the time of application at Princeton University are as follows:

Undergraduate Application Documents

  • Official academic transcripts (of previous qualifications in English)
  • IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE score
  • SAT or ACT score
  • Graded written paper* (essay written by a teacher, who graded the last three years of secondary school)
  • Arts supplement** (optional – Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts)
  • Extracurricular activity and work experience***

*Graded written paper can be submitted as follows:

  • A scanned copy along with the application
  • Sent as an email to the admissions office

**Arts supplement costs $5 submission fee and can be submitted in the following forms:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Audios
  • PDF documents
  • Embedded 3D models

***150-word essay describing activities, organizations, work experiences, and hobbies

Graduate Application Documents

*Writing sample must be written only in English unless otherwise specified by the department. Instructions to be followed:

  • Files must not exceed 10 MB.
  • Submit either .doc, .docx, MP3, PDF, or RTF
  • Do not upload password-protected files
  • PDF files should not have a digital signature
  • Resolution of the scanned file should not be more than 300 dpi
  • Black and white documents recommended
  • Avoid images to keep the small file size

Note: These are general requirements for applying to Princeton. They may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

The application fee at Princeton ranges from $70 to $95* depending upon course that international students want to pursue. Fee can be paid online at the time of application using international credit cards.

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The average first-year tuition fee at Princeton University is $53,890* for all the undergraduate and graduate courses, including PhD programs.

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Student Health Plan (SHP Fee)

Princeton offers a health plan worth $2,580 to all its students, which is mandatory for all those who do not have existing health insurance.

Fee Waiver

Graduate students are offered a fee waiver option after completing the application to a course. They need to follow the exact steps as given below:

  • Select the 'I would like to apply for a fee waiver' option
  • Choose the reason behind applying for the waiver
  • Click the 'Apply for Fee Waiver' button
  • Provide the relevant documents as needed to prove the eligibility/suitability*

*The criteria on which fee waiver is granted is discussed in next question.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

Princeton University offers financial aid to its international applicants. The criteria and deadlines for availing these benefits vary with the type of program. Covered below is detailed information on financial aid for undergraduates and graduates as well as fellowship and assistantship for PhD aspirants.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

International undergraduate students may request financial aid on need basis. There are no academic or athletic-based merit scholarships offered to any students at Princeton.

Refer to the facts given below to see how Princeton has helped its undergraduate students (national and international) with the financial assistance program:

Information on Undergraduate Financial Aid Beneficiaries


Class of 2020

Class of 2023


Estimated grant funds of 187 million were awarded to over 3,200 students

Average grant was $56,500 covering 100% of Princeton tuition

Beneficiary Percentage

Approximately 61% of students receive financial aid

24% of students received Federal Pell Grants

Qualified Beneficiary

83% of seniors graduated debt-free; average total indebtedness at graduation was $9,400

100% of families earning up to $180,000 annually qualified for financial aid

Family Income and Tuition Fee

Graduate with an annual family income of up to $65,000 received aid package covering full tuition, residential college fee, room cost, and board cost

Admitted students with annual family income up to $160,000 paid no tuition fee

Source: Princeton University

Graduate Financial Aid

International graduate applicants may apply for financial aid or fee waiver based on the following aspects:

  • Need-based fee waiver (due to financial hardship)
  • Proof of participation in any of the following programs:

Participating Programs


National Society of Black Physicists

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative

National Society of Hispanic Physicists

COMPASS(link is external)

NYC Urban Fellows

CORO Fellows

Peace Corps

Fleet Fellows

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key(PIKSI)

GRE Fee Reduction Program*(link is external)

Pickering Foreign Affairs (FAF)


Pittsburgh Summer Program

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (NIH-PREP)

Institute for International Public Policy(IIPP)

Princeton Prospective PhD. Preview (P3) (including EEB and MolBio Scholars Programs)

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA)/Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

Laureates and Leaders(link is external)

QuestBridge Scholars

Leadership Alliance

Rangel Fellows

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE)

McNair Scholars

Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown

Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Summer Program for Women in Philosophy at UC San Diego (SPWP)

Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC)

The Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI)

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science/GEM Fellow

Truman Fellows

National Institutes of Health's Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)

US Military

National Name Exchange

Yellow Ribbon Program

National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)


International students must ensure that they meet these criteria for availing the graduate financial aid. They must either possess participation certificates to any of these programs or be capable of proving financial hardship in their family.

Note: There is no disadvantage or demerit of applying for financial aid in the candidature of an applicant whether national or international.

Is there any fellowship or assistantship option available for international students?

International PhD aspirants are not eligible to apply for federal loans. They may, however, avail loan through private sources such as banks, credit unions, etc.

As a bonus, Princeton offers its research students with the following Fellowship and Assistantship options:

  • University, departmental, and program fellowships
  • Research and teaching assistantships
  • External financial support

As part of Princeton Research programs, the aspirants can expect following stipends:

Fellowship Stipends and Assistantship Stipend for Academic Year 2020-2021




University Fellowship

12 months


First-Year Fellowship

10 months


Assistantship in Research

10 months


Assistantship in Instruction

10 months


Source: Princeton University

Note: This stipend is being offered to the graduates of 2021. Aspiring students must note that this table is only for reference purpose and they must visit the official website for the upcoming sessions.

Application Deadline*

  • Undergraduate financial aid: Early February
  • Graduate financial aid: At the time of program application
  • Research fellowship: Mid-November

*Deadlines vary depending on course/department and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

International students must follow the same application deadlines as the national students for all courses.

Undergraduate Admission Cycle

  • Early admissions: Early November*
  • Regular admissions: Early January*

Graduate Admission Cycle

  • Regular admissions: Early September*

*Deadlines vary depending on course/department and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

Like all the US Universities, Princeton University also accepts undergraduate applications from the US undergraduate applications portals. The university has a portal for graduate applications, where international students can apply. Check out the following step-by-step application procedure for both the programs:

Undergraduate Application

The undergraduate applicants need to submit their application online through either of the three portals:

  1. Coalition Application:
  2. Common Application:
  3. QuestBridge Application:

Students must create an account and follow the exact steps as given on the portal they choose.

Note: Apart from filling either of these three application forms, undergraduate applicants must submit a Princeton Supplement (as stated above in the documents required section).

Graduate and PhD Application

Both the Masters and PhD applicants need to visit and do as follows:

Step 1: Create a new account on the official website of Princeton University.

Step 2: Insert the credentials and agree to the terms of service/privacy and press the Create Account button.

Step 3: Once the account is created, applicants can view as well as change/update personal and contact information.

Step 4: Next, choose the field of study from

Step 5: After clicking on the course of choice, select the term of course commencement and press the Save Selection button.

Step 6: After this, fill in the admission-related information ranging from previous qualification and experience, language and biographical information, contact and references, etc.

Step 7: Upload all the supporting documents as required.

There are 16 pages in the application, where the sections start to unlock one-by-one. To proceed to the upcoming sections, applicants must fill the required information in the section that is open at a time. Since the form is quite exhaustive, applicants can save the entered information and log out at any point in time.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

The admission decisions at Princeton University are received on Princeton Applicant Status Portal based on the following deadlines:

Undergraduate Decisions


Early Admission

Latest by early April

Offer Acceptance

Latest by early May

Regular Decision

Latest by mid-August

Offer Acceptance

Latest by mid-September

Arts Supplement

Within 24-48 hours

Graduate Decisions



Latest by mid-March

Offer Acceptance

Latest by mid-April

*Deadlines vary depending on course/department and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

Princeton is open to admitting students from all over the world. The University reviews all applications alike irrespective of the citizenship of an applicant. Each year the admission committee reviews nearly 33,000 national and international applications. Out of this, only 2,000 applications are accepted. Hence, the acceptance rate drops to nearly 5.5% making the university one of the highly selective institutes of the country.

Princeton Profile for Undergraduate Class of 2023

  • Total applicants: 32,804
  • Total admits: 1,896
  • Total enrolled: 1,343

Undergraduate Class Overview


Student Body

Gender Distribution

50.8% Female v/s 49.2% Male

Children Of Princeton Alumni


First Student From Family To Attend College


Qualified Students For A Pell Grant


Middle 50 Percent SAT Scores

Mathematics: 750-800

Evidenced-Based Reading And Writing: 710-770

Middle 50 Percent ACT Scores

Composite Score: 33-35

Source: Princeton University

Selection Criteria at Princeton

Though there is no ideal profile for a class, Princeton evaluates the profiles of its undergraduate applicants on a combination of the following strength areas:

  • Variety of talents
  • Personal qualities
  • Experiences
  • Points of views
  • Integrity
  • Deep interest in learning
  • Devotion to both academic and non-academic pursuits
  • Distinctive academic and extracurricular talents and achievements
  • Possible contributions to the community of Princeton

Undergraduates Background in Class of 2023

Given below is the school background of global students who got admitted at Princeton University in 2019.

Source: Princeton University

As the chart shows, maximum students admitted in 2019 were from public schools across the globe followed by independent day institutions. It is also surprising that the number of students admitted to Princeton from religiously-affiliated schools is higher than independent boarding school worldwide. While the minimum students came from military schools, home-schooled students defeated that number with five times more students.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

In the fall semester of 2019, Princeton University received 10,813 undergraduate applications from 161 countries. In 2020, the university has:

  • More than 2,700 graduate students
  • Over 40% of graduate students are international
  • Almost 50% of PhD students are international

International Undergraduates in Princeton Class of 2023

In the year 2019, the undergraduate students from 50 countries applied to Princeton University. Apart from the USA, the names of the other 49 countries are:

International Students in Princeton Class of 2023


Hong Kong







Saudi Arabia









South Africa



South Korea












Trinidad and Tobago

Dominican Republic




New Zealand

United Kingdom













The table shows that Princeton University widely accepts good profiles from all across the world. There is no data on which country has sent most of its students to the university but Princeton welcomes deserving students from every corner of the world.

Undergraduates Diversity in Class of 2023

To understand the diversity in Princeton’s undergraduate student body, refer to the chart below.

Source: Princeton University

While 39% of Princeton’s undergraduates are American citizens, a portion of students bearing international passports is 11%. The next highest number of global students is Asian American with the least being American Indian.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

More than 3,000 Princeton undergraduate utilize the on-campus job opportunities across a variety of departments. This includes international students as well.


Whether or not students are offered the university’s financial aid program, they can work for the University.

Employment Documents

List of forms that need to be filled to apply for on-campus employment at Princeton University:

  • Guidance on Student Employment and Covid-19
  • Direct Deposit Information
  • W-4
  • I-9
  • Payroll Schedule
  • Student Employment Handbook
  • Job Categories, Pay Grades and Hourly Rates of Pay
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Information
  • Hourly Student Employee Paid Sick Leave Policy
  • NJ Paid Sick Leave Employee Rights

Distribution of Salaries

Payments or salaries are given on a bi-weekly basis. 

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

Princeton University has only one 500-acre suburban campus in New Jerseythat expands to 600 acres for tourism.

Considering the features the university is famous for, Princeton has the following amenities to offer:

The university boasts about the excellent facilities and networking opportunities that it offers to its students. Over 26,000 Princetonians who have availed these facilities still gather in the alumni reunions that happen every year.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

Princeton University offers brilliant accommodation facilities to its national and international students. The program-wise options and budget can be understood as follows:

Undergraduate On-Campus Accommodation

The Undergraduate Housing Advisory Board (UHAB) guarantees on-campus accommodation facilities to 100% of its undergraduates throughout their course of study. About 98% of undergraduates utilize this facility, which covers almost 5,300 students comprising:

  • First-year students
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors

Princeton undergraduate residential and dining options are as follows:

Undergraduate Student Budget 2021-2022

The undergraduate applicants can refer to the table below to get an idea of how much it would cost to study and live in Princeton:



Tuition Fee


Room Charge including Meal Plan


Board Rate


Miscellaneous Expenses*


Total Expense**


Source: Princeton University

*Miscellaneous expenses are inclusive of activities fee, class dues, and one-time transcript fee.

**Total University bill of $71,960 serves as the final cost from which qualified students would avail financial aid credits.

Note: Travel cost might range between $100 and $2,500 depending upon from where the student is travelling. Also, students who do not have an existing family health insurance policy must procure the Student Health Plan coverage at $2,580 annual cost.

Payment Options:

  • One payment each semester
  • Ten monthly payments
  • Princeton Parent Loan (PPL)
  • Direct PLUS Loan

Graduate On-Campus Accommodation

The Graduate College House Committee of Princeton University successfully facilitates 70% of graduate students. It gives the highest priority to the first-year students in terms of their requests and enquiries.

Princeton graduate residential options are as follows:

Graduate Student Budget 2020-2021

Given below is an idea of how much graduate students should expect in terms of their living expenses.

Graduate Student Rates 2020-2021

Dorms/Annexes (Academic Year)

Old Gradate College


2 Room Single


1  Room Single


Double Rooms

$8,547.50 - 9,724

Walk Through Doubles



$7,544 - 9,724


$7,544 - 8,547.50

New Graduate College 


2 Room Single


1 Room Single




Single Rooms

$5,576 - 8,878.50

31 Edwards


Graduate College Dues


Apartments (Monthly Contracts)

27-29 Edwards Place


1 Bedroom


Lakeside Apartments


1 Bedroom (119 units)

$1,395 - 1,410

2 Bedroom (84 units)

$1,808 - 1840

3 Bedroom (76 units)

$2,451 - 2556

4 Bedroom (50 units)

$2,876 - 3420

Lawrence Apartments 


Lawrence Building #1


1-bedroom (93 units)


Lawrence Building #2-7


2-bedroom (56 units)


Lawrence Building #8-14


Studio (33 units)


1-bedroom (34 units)


2-bedroom (141 units)


Source: Princeton University

PhD Student Budget 2020-2021

The cost of living for PhD students for the session 2020-2021 at Princeton is as follows:

Living Expenses

10 Months

12 Months







Personal Expenses



Books and Supplies



Total Cost



Source: Princeton University

Princeton Meal Plan 2020-2021

The meal plan for Princeton’s graduate and undergraduate students who avail the on-campus accommodation facilities are as follows:

Source: Princeton University

Note: The budget and cost given in the entire section for graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students are applicable for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 sessions only. Aspiring students need to confirm the latest rates from the university website.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

For all admission-related queries, international students may reach out to the official website at or contact on:


Undergraduate Office

Graduate Office





Since the admission offices of both graduate and undergraduate courses are different, the university has provided its contact details separately.

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