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Princeton University, Princeton

Princeton University, Princeton

About Princeton: Overview

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Facts & Figures


Established in 1746; Graduate School established in 1900

President: Christopher L. Eisgruber, 2013-present; 20th president

Private university, member of Ivy League athletic conference

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Size of main campus: 180 buildings on 500 acres

Residential college system with 98 percent of undergraduate students living on campus


Faculty, including full time, part time and visiting: 1,221 (spring 2015)

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1

Departments: 36

Interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate programs: 50

Schools within the University: School of Architecture, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Library holdings: More than 14 million in 10 libraries


Student enrollment: 7,946 total; 5,275 undergraduate; 2,671 graduate (2014-15)

Undergraduate admission rate in 2015-16: 7.1 percent

Undergraduate students on financial aid: 60 percent

Average financial aid award for the Class of 2019: $48,600

International students make up 12 percent of undergraduates

American minorities make up 43 percent of the undergraduate student body

Course Offered

  • African American Studies
  • Ancient World
  • Anthropology
  • Applied and Computational Math
  • Architecture
  • Art and Archaeology
  • Astrophysical Sciences
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Finance
  • French and Italian
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • History
  • History of Science
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities (IHUM)
  • Materials Science Joint Ph.D. Degree Program
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Medieval Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music (Music Composition)
  • Musicology
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Ph.D. Joint Degree
  • Operations Research and Financial Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Political Economy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Population Studies
  • Psychology
  • Quantitative and Computational Biology
  • Religion
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Social Policy Joint Ph.D. Degree Program
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
  • Woodrow Wilson Schoo
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