Princeton University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Princeton University, located in Princeton, New Jersey. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Princeton University

Princeton University, a private, Ivy League university in Princeton, New Jersey, is home to approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranks Princeton as the #1 national university, tied with Harvard University. The school focuses on both research and undergraduate teaching, and is home to many faculty and staff members who have won Nobel Prizes in areas of study including chemistry, economics, literature and physics.


Upon completion of core subject, general education requirements and electives, students will earn either a Bachelor of Science and Engineering (B.S.E) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Princeton's 34 departments give students a multitude of different discipline options - including social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and humanities - while still maintaining a general liberal education foundation.

With an undergraduate student to faculty ratio is 6 to 1, students have small class sizes and readily available help from professors.


Princeton University's admittance rate for the class of 2015 was 8.5%. Students can begin applying to Princeton University as early as August 1 before their senior year of high school. Students can apply online by filling out the Common Application in addition to Princeton's Supplemental Application.

The deadline for Early Action, which is a non-binding application that students can submit to hear an early decision by mid-December, is November 1; the deadline for regular decision is January 1.

In addition to these applications, students must submit two teacher evaluations, a secondary school report and a midyear report. Students must also submit official SAT Reasoning Test Scores, or ACT scores, in addition to two SAT subject tests. Students who graduate high school with a number of AP or IB credits can use these credits to place into higher level courses in the undergraduate program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

To attend Princeton University, the cost was $54,780 for the 2012-2013 academic year,. This includes tuition, room and board, fees, books and estimated other expenses. Princeton University offers its students grants, which take the place of loans and merit scholarships, allowing students to graduate loan-free. Princeton offers two payment plans: students can either make one payment per semester or choose to make twelve monthly payments throughout the year.

School Type 4 year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 5,203 undergraduates, 2,610 graduates in 2011**
Schools and Programs 3 schools, 34 departments, 47 interdisciplinary certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 6 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Social Sciences (307)
Master's: Engineering (95)
Doctorate: Engineering (91)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 90% in four years
97% in 6 years
97% in eight years**
Admission Rate 8.5% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,304 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 98%**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 31-34 (composite middle 50%) in 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Early applications due November 1,
regular decision due January 1*
Decision Notification Date Early application notified by December 15,
regular decision notified by March 29*
Tuition Total expenses, including room and board,
tuition, books and supplies,
roughly $54,000**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (59%), Pell grants (12%), Federal student loans (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 60% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *Princeton University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions Office, Princeton University, 110 West College, P.O. Box 430, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08542-0430
  • Phone: (609) 258-3060
  • Website:

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