The optional Arts Supplement is for students who have devoted a significant amount of time and energy to one or more art forms and who wish to have their work considered as part of their application.
If you've excelled in architecture, creative writing, dance, music, music theater, theater or visual arts, and would like us to consider your talent as part of your Princeton application, you are welcome to submit an Arts Supplement. Details for Arts Supplement submissions are found below.
Princeton values the arts in all forms. We cannot, however, evaluate areas outside those in which our faculty have expertise.
Please read the descriptions for each area for further guidelines on how to submit your supplementary materials.
Single-Choice Early action optional Arts Supplement is due on or before Nov. 7 at 11:59 p.m. (applicant's local time).
Regular decision optional Arts Supplement is due on or before Jan. 9 at 11:59 p.m. (applicant's local time).
Transfer optional Arts Supplement is due on or before March 8 at 11:59 p.m. (applicant's local time).
On the Common or QuestBridge* Application, please indicate your intention to submit an Arts Supplement in Princeton’s member questions. You will be able to access the link to submit an Optional Arts Supplement in your Princeton Applicant Status Portal.
Please keep in mind that you need to submit your application to Princeton University before you can submit your optional Arts Supplement on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal.
*For students who are participating in the QuestBridge College Match, we will be unable to review the optional Arts Supplement as part of the Match application review process, given the early timeline.
As one of your media uploads, we encourage you to include a résumé if you think that will add to an understanding of your training and experiences. Please keep in mind, information you provide in your arts supplement will only be read by the arts faculty evaluating your supplement unless you submit it as additional information along with your application to Princeton.
Changes cannot be made to the optional Arts Supplement after submission. If you wish to include an arts letter of recommendation, it must be requested prior to submission and an arts résumé must be included as one of the media uploads, if you wish to submit one.
We only accept one submission per program.
Your completed arts supplement will be reflected on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal within 24 hours.
Documents (for example, additional academic information, research papers, etc.) should not be uploaded with your arts supplement. You may upload those materials through the additional information section of the application or on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal.
If you have excelled in an area of the arts not covered by our supplement, we are still interested in seeing how your talent and expertise might enhance our community. You may submit additional materials or links to your work through your application or on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal. Although we cannot guarantee that the Admission Office will have time to review your work, we will include it in your file.
For questions related to the Princeton optional Arts Supplement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. We support the following file formats:
- .3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv
- .aac, .m4a, .mka, .mp3, .oga, .ogg, .wav
- .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff
- .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd
You may also include external media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Please do not upload links to personal websites.
Supplement Type, Category and Description of Acceptable Submissions:
The School of Architecture, Princeton’s center for teaching and research in architectural design, history, and theory, offers an undergraduate major and advanced degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.
The Program in Creative Writing offers Princeton undergraduates the opportunity to craft original work under the guidance of some of today’s most respected practicing writers including Michael Dickman, Aleksandar Hemon, A.M. Homes, Christina Lazaridi, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and Susan Wheeler.
The Program in Dance welcomes all students to engage and experiment with dance. At the core of the program is the belief that dance fosters an integration of mind and body that allows for a greater connection to ourselves and our communities. The program provides a depth, diversity, and flexibility of offerings that nurture beginners and challenge pre-professionals. While pursuing a liberal arts education, students have the opportunity to undertake demanding courses with professional choreographers, dancers, interdisciplinary artists, and scholars.
As a Music Major, you can engage in independent work in musicology or composition while diving into the intersection of making, studying, and writing about music. Whether our concentrators ultimately choose to make music, to research and write about it, or do both, they are encouraged to develop independent work that moves across traditional disciplinary or methodological boundaries.
The purpose of the Program in Theater is to engage Princeton students of all kinds in the making of theater with significant artists, faculty members and each other, through studio classes, and through our theater season. The Program in Music Theater brings together students, faculty, staff and guest artists in the creation, study, and performance of music theater.
The Program in Visual Arts introduces students to the studio arts in the context of a liberal arts education. Offering courses in painting, drawing, graphic design, photography/digital photography, film/video, and sculpture, the program provides enrolled students extensive contact with an accomplished faculty as well as access to technical, analog, and digital labs including darkrooms, ceramics facilities, welding and mold-making areas, a letterpress studio, film editing bays, and a renovated theater for 35 mm and 16 mm film projections.