Princeton University

Princeton University


Princeton University is a private, four-year, research university with the heart and soul of a liberal arts college. Located in central New Jersey, the University’s commitment to undergraduate education is unique among leading research universities. Princeton’s 5,277 undergraduate students benefit from studying in one of the world’s foremost research institutions, where faculty devote much of their time and energy to teaching and advising undergraduates. More than ever, through initiatives such as its generous financial aid program, Princeton's distinctive education is accessible to students from a broad range of cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds. With 43% students of color and 12% the first in their families to attend college, Princeton is committed to building a diverse campus community where students pursue new interests and learn from each other. In addition, Princeton meets 100% of demonstrated need, and it is possible for students to graduate free of debt.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP)

PUPP is a rigorous academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from local districts. The program helps students from ninth grade through high school graduation to build the academic skills, confidence and leadership abilities necessary to both gain access to and guarantee success in higher education. Each summer, participants attend an intensive program on the Princeton campus. Participants are also provided year-round academic and cultural enrichment opportunities. Program staff members assist students and their families with the college application process and encourage students through every step, from SAT tutoring to extracurricular involvement. Learn more about Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP)

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Multicultural Open House

Princeton hosts a fall Multicultural Open House for prospective students and their families. The afternoon event acquaints students with our academic, social and cultural opportunities. It also includes a student panel as well as overview of our admission and financial aid application processes. We welcome juniors and seniors who are interested in learning more about our diverse community.

Scholarship & Financial Aid QuestBridge

Princeton participates in QuestBridge’s National College Match program. Through one application, students can apply to partner colleges and be selected for admission and full scholarships to these schools. Most of the student participants in the program come from households earning less than $60,000 a year for a typical family of four, and more than 75 percent are in the top 5 percent of their high school class. Also, QuestBridge annually holds three summer college admission conferences. In 2014 Princeton served as a host site. Learn more about QuestBridge

Summer Bridge & Orientation Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

FSI is an academically rigorous, seven-week on-campus summer program for entering Princeton University students. FSI provides invited students with an early opportunity to experience Princeton's curriculum, work closely with members of our faculty, and engage in a vibrant community of highly motivated peers. Scholars take two courses; they also participate in workshops and activities designed to help them realize the full promise of their college careers. In addition, FSI alumni are invited to special day trips and dinners throughout the academic year, and periodic reunion events help alumni meet and connect with former freshman scholars from across all class years. Learn more about Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Generation Discussion and Support Group

First-Gen is a weekly discussion and support group for students who are the first in their family to go to college or who identify as low-income students. The discussion group provides students with opportunities to talk about their unique college experiences. The group is meant to be a safe space for first-gen students to share with others from similar backgrounds. Students explore the particular challenges of being at an elite university, as well as themes of belonging, social mobility, social class and class identity.

Student Life & Support Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding

The Fields Center provides training, social and cultural programs and educational opportunities that prepare students and others to succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world. The center provides a lively and welcoming venue for programs and activities as well as an informal space for connecting. In addition, the Fields Center promotes an inclusive community and aims to increase understanding and mutual respect by crossing perceived boundaries such as race, religion, political ideology and cultural lines. Learn more about Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding

Student Life & Support Princeton Hidden Minority Council

The Hidden Minority Council is a student-run organization that works to create a community for first-generation and low-income students at Princeton, by providing mentorship, networking, and resource accessibility.

Mentoring Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP)

PUMP assists first-year students from underrepresented backgrounds in their transition to campus through leadership, mentoring, and community-building activities. Each freshman mentee is matched with upperclass student mentor for one-on-one meetings as well as group events. From a roller-skating party to resume workshops to special dinner discussions, PUMP aims to foster a sense of community and as well as serve as an added resource. Learn more about Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP)

Student Diversity

  • 5,277
  • 52/48
  • 12%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 21%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 44%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 12%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 97%
    Six-year graduation
  • 97%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 98%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 883
    Full-time faculty
  • 258
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 5:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Economics, Computer Science, History, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Politics, Molecular Biology, Psychology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Students Association, Ballet Folklorico de Princeton, Black Arts Company - Dance, Black Student Union, DREAM team, Latinos y Amigos, Muslim Student's Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Pride Alliance, Princeton Association of Black Women, and more!


Cost of Attendance

  • $45,320
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $918
    Required Fees
  • $14,770
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $147,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $48,000
    Average aid package
  • $8,500
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 21%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 60%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 29,303
    # of applicants
  • 7%
  • 3.90
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 690—790
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 710—800
    SAT Math
  • 700—790
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/01
    Early action application closing date