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Princeton University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Shishant Kumar Shishant Kumar
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Admissions at Princeton University- one of the most respected Ivy League research universities in the US- are very selective. Out of 32,804 applications that the University received for the Class of 2023, only 1,895 were offered admission.

Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the university offers admission to incoming undergraduates and graduates in the fall semester.

Princeton University Admission Statistics

  • Admission applications received in 2019 fall semester came from 10,813 high schools from 161 countries.
  • 52% of the students granted admission are women, and the male percentage is 48%.
  • Just over 23% of the students from the incoming batch indicated interest in pursuing engineering, while 15% expressed desire to study the humanities.
  • 26% of the selected candidates for the Class of 2023 come from lower-income backgrounds.
  • Acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 applicants was 5.5%.
  • The selected 1,895 applicants for the Class of 2023 have until May 1, 2019 to accept the university’s admission offer.
  • More than 60% of undergraduates at Princeton receive financial aid, which can cover up to 100% of tuition and accommodation expenses.


UG Application PortalCommon Application; Coalition Application; Universal College Application
PG Application PortalApplication are submitted online to specific department/faculty
Acceptance Rate (2019)5.8%
SAT Score RangeMath: 730-790
Reading & Writing: 700-770
ACT Score Range32-35
International Student Application DeadlinesUG: November 1 (Early Action); January 1 (Regular Decision)
PG: September- December (varying deadlines)
Intake SeasonFall Semester
International Student Financial AidAvailable

Princeton University Admissions Deadlines

All undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at Princeton University starting in the fall semester. Incoming undergraduates can apply via one of the two application choices available:

  • Single-Choice Early Action: This application is recommended for candidates who have explored their college/university options and prioritize Princeton. This is a nonbinding process, which means, accepted candidates can choose not to enroll at the University.
  • Regular Decision: Candidates who have applied to other universities through early action, or candidates who wish to keep their options available are more inclined towards applying with regular decision.
UG ApplicantsDate
Single-Choice Early Action/ Restrictive Early Action DeadlineNovember 1
Regular Decision DeadlineJanuary 1
Financial Aid Application DeadlineNovember 9 (Early Action)
February 1 (Regular Decision)
Last Month to take Standardized TestsEarly Action: October 1 (ACT); November 1 (SAT & Subject Tests)
Regular Decision: December 1 (ACT, SAT, & Subject Tests)
Decision Notification

Early Action: Mid-December
Regular Decision: March 28

Candidate’s Reply DateMay 1
PG Applicants (course-wise deadlines)Date
Neuroscience, PsychologyNovember 26
Art & Archaeology; Chemical & Biological Engineering; Chemistry; East Asian Studies;
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; History; History of Science;
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering;Molecular Biology; Population Studies;
Quantitative & Computational Biology; Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
December 1
Anthropology; Applied & Computational Mathematics; Classics; Computer Science;
Economics; Electrical Engineering; English; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics;
Politics; Program in Plasma Physics; Sociology; Spanish & Portuguese
December 15
Architecture; Astrophysical Sciences; Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences;
Civil & Environmental Engineering;Comparative Literature; Finance; French & Italian;
Geosciences; German; Music Composition; Musicology; Near Eastern Studies;
Operations Research & Financial Engineering; Religion; Slavic Languages & Literature
December 31

Princeton University Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Princeton University offers undergraduate degree programs in 35 subject areas. Students can apply for admission to their desired program in the fall semester through one of the three application portals:

  • Common Application
  • Coalition Application
  • Universal College Application

There are two application deadlines for candidates applying to an undergraduate program at Princeton:

  • Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 1

Documents Required

Application for AdmissionCommon Application, Coalition Application, Universal College Application (any one of the three); Princeton Supplement; Graded Written Paper
Application Fee$65 or Fee Waiver
Academic ReportOfficial Transcripts; School Report
Supporting DocumentsGuidance Councellor Letter; 2 Teacher Recommendations
Standardized TestsSAT/ACT; 2 SAT Subject Tests (recommended)
English Language Proficiency (International Students)TOEFL; IELTS Academic; PTE Academic

Information for International Undergraduates

  • The graded written paper must be submitted in English and can come from O- or A- level coursework.
  • Candidates from countries where English is not a primar language need to take up TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE as a proof of English language proficiency.
  • International students are eligible for financial aid just as the domestic applicants. Grants are available to international students who qualify.
  • In the absence of a guidance councellor, international students can ask any school official to complete the required forms preferably in English.

Princeton University Graduate Admission Requirements

Princeton University offers 18 master’s degree programs and 42 doctoral programs to more than 2,700 graduate students.

Prospective students can apply from September till December for admission to the fall semester of the upcoming academic year. All applications are submitted electronically to the specific department/faculty through which the student wishes to obtain his/her degree.

More than 40% of graduate students at the university come from abroad. Graduate admission decisions at Princeton are made by the faculty of the candidate’s selected area of study with assisstance from the Graduate School, which helps in determining the minimum requirements for admission.

Documents Required for Princeton Graduate Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Statement of Academic Purpose (not more than 1000 words, in English)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts (should be uploaded with official English translation if the transcripts are in a different language)
  • Fall Semester Grades (from the college/university the student is currently enrolled in)
  • GRE/GMAT scores not more than 5 years old (submitted via Educational Testing Service)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students*
  • Writing Sample
  • Statement of Financial Resources
  • Completed application for admission

*All international students are required to maintain certain oral English language proficiency to successfully pursue their graduate studies at Princeton. Admitted candidates with a score below 27 in the speaking section of TOEFL iBT, or below 8.0 in the speaking sub-section of IELTS will have to take an English Placement Test at Princeton. Students incapable of passing this test will have to enroll in English Language Program classes.

Princeton University MSE (Civil & Environmental Engineering) Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Application Fee: $90
  • Documents Required: Statement of academic purpose; Resume; Recommendation letters; Transcripts; Fall semester grades
  • GRE score
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores: TOEFL/ IELTS
  • Course Duration: 2 years.

Princeton University M.Fin. (Master of Finance) Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Application Fee: $90
  • Documents Required: Statement of academic purpose; Resume; Recommendation letters; Transcripts; Fall semester grades
  • Departmental Additional Requirements: 3 Letters of Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE (preffered) or GMAT
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores: TOEFL/ IELTS
  • Course Duration: 2 years.

Princeton University M.Eng. (Electrical Engineering) Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: December 15
  • Application Fee: $90
  • Documents Required: Statement of academic purpose; Resume; Recommendation letters; Transcripts; Fall semester grades
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE (preffered) or GMAT
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores: TOEFL/ IELTS
  • Course Duration: 1 year.

Princeton University Admission Acceptance

  • The Graduate School at Princeton must receive an online submitted acceptance by April 15 from the selected candidates to ensure their spot at their desired department.
  • Selected undergraduate students must reply to the university by May 1 to confirm their spot at Princeton University.
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