Princeton University.

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Princeton University

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later. It was renamed Princeton University in 1896.Princeton provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. It offers professional degrees through the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Architecture and the Bendheim Center for Finance. The university also manages the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Princeton has the largest endowment per student in the United States.As of October 2020, 69 Nobel laureates, 15 Fields Medalists and 14 Turing Award laureates have been affiliated with Princeton University as alumni, faculty members or researchers. In addition, Princeton has been associated with 21 National Medal of Science winners, 5 Abel Prize winners, 5 National Humanities Medal recipients, 215 Rhodes Scholars, 139 Gates Cambridge Scholars and 136 Marshall Scholars. Two U.S. Presidents, twelve U.S. Supreme Court Justices (three of whom currently serve on the court) and numerous living billionaires and foreign heads of state are all counted among Princeton's alumni body. Princeton has also graduated many prominent members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Cabinet, including eight Secretaries of State, three Secretaries of Defense and the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 5,246 students
  • 1.26 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Princeton University

Molecular Biology
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

1,990 students out of 31,056 applicants were accepted into Princeton University. They had an average SAT score of 1500. 65% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 54% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Princeton University was $47,140. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $66,150.

Financial aid available at Princeton University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

58% of undergraduate students at Princeton University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Princeton University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Princeton University was of $15,610 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,100.

Diversity at Princeton University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017