For information about how to apply to Princeton, you may want to refer to our publication Ready.Set.Go. (.pdf) .
Required Application Components
- A completed application form. You must submit your application through either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. The Common Application may be submitted online (preferred) or by PDF. The Universal College Application may be submitted online (preferred) or by PDF.
- Princeton's Writing Supplement to the Common Application. If applying through the Common Application, all applicants must submit the writing supplement online (preferred) or by PDF
- Princeton’s Supplement to the Universal College Application. If applying through the Universal College Application, all applicants must submit the supplement either online or by PDF.
- A School Report (SR), Counselor Recommendation and transcript. The SR form is available from the Common Application and Universal College Application website. Please ask your high school counselor or other school official to complete and submit the SR form, along with a letter of evaluation and an official transcript. If you are using the Common Application online please note that the SR and the Counselor Recommendation are separate items. Be sure to 'invite' your counselor to complete both items.
- Two teacher recommendations. Please ask two of your teachers from different academic areas of study to complete and send the teacher recommendation forms available on the Common Application and Universal College Application site. Choose teachers from two different areas of study.
- A Mid-year School Report. Please ask your high school counselor or other school official to complete and submit this form, which is available on the Common Application and Universal Application site.
- SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. Early action applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their SAT and ACT tests before the Nov. 1 deadline. Regular decision applicants should take the SAT Reasoning Test by the January test date or take the ACT with Writing by the December date. Learn more about standardized testing for admission.
- SAT Subject Tests. We recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject Tests, which often assist us in the evaluation process. We have no preference for the specific SAT Subject Tests applicants might choose to take. However, if you apply for the B.S.E. degree, we recommend that you take mathematics (Level I or II) and either physics or chemistry. If you decide to submit Subject Tests, early action applicants should take them by the November test date, and regular decision applicants should take them by the January test date. Learn more about standardized testing for admission.
- Test Registration Codes. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the following codes to ensure your scores are sent to Princeton:
- TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores. If English is not your native language and you are attending a school where English is not the language of instruction, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic) or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), in addition to the SAT or ACT. You are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic if English is your native language or if you have spent at least three years at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction.
Optional Application Components
You may also submit:
- Arts Supplement, if applicable. If you've excelled in architecture, creative writing, dance, music, theater or visual arts, and would like us to consider your talent, consult Princeton's online Optional Arts Form. Early action application must mail materials by Nov. 6; regular decision applicants must mail materials by Jan. 6. You can only submit your online arts supplement after we have received the Common Application. If you are unable to submit online, please use the paper Optional Arts Form. For a list of acceptable file formats and submission types, please download this PDF.
- Interview. Depending on availability, once you have applied, you may be invited to interview with a member of one of our Princeton Alumni Schools Committees. If so, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Interviews take place after the Admission Office has received your application. Many Princeton Alumni Schools Committees have enough volunteers to offer every applicant an interview. As the interview is not a required element of the application, you will not be at a disadvantage if an interview is not available in your area. We do not offer on-campus interviews.
You may use Princeton's Application Tracking System to verify whether we have received all your required application materials. You will receive a confirmation notice when we have received your application and another notice when we have received all required supporting materials. If your application is incomplete, we will let you know which pieces are missing. Beginning in mid-October, you also may track the completeness of your application online, after registering using the PIN and email address you listed on your application.
Single-choice early action application materials must be submitted by Nov. 1, 11:59 p.m. applicant's local time. Regular decision application materials must be submitted by Jan. 1, 11:59 p.m. applicant's local time, and we encourage students to submit their portion of the application by Dec. 15, if possible. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, you must submit your Financial Aid Application by Feb. 1. Early action applicants who have submitted a Financial Aid Application will be notified of their awards when they receive their early action decision in mid-December. Learn more about important application dates and deadlines.