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. 

Submission Guidelines

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. 6 at 11:59 p.m. (applicant's local time).

  • Regular decision optional Arts Supplement is due on or before Jan. 8 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.


Helpful Tips


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 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


Acceptable Formats:


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:

Optional Arts Supplement FAQs