About the Application Process


U.S. military-affiliated students apply through the same process as other prospective undergraduates and determine eligibility for the transfer program or the admissions process for first-year students based on the parameters described in the Transfer Eligibility section.

To assist with the process, Princeton will waive the application fee of any candidate who is serving or has served in the U.S. military. On submitting your application, please select the “Princeton-specific fee waiver” option, and we will automatically waive your fee.

If you have specific questions about the application process for U.S. military applicants, please contact Alex Bustin, senior associate dean and director of military/veteran admission, at abustin@princeton.edu.

Princeton University especially welcomes applications from veterans and dependents who are eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which include the Yellow Ribbon Program, and complies with the principles outlines in Executive Order 13607. The executive order addresses key areas relating to federal military and veterans' educational benefits programs. 

 

Financial Aid

 

Veteran students typically receive a combination of benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including Yellow Ribbon and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Princeton’s need-based financial aid program can supplement or even replace the use of veterans benefits toward the total cost of attendance. As a result of our generous need-based grant aid, students generally do NOT use their benefits for undergraduate study at Princeton.

Regardless of year of entry, background, all students are eligible for Princeton’s generous need-based financial aid program.

  • Admission is need-blind, meaning there is no disadvantage to any financial aid applicant. 

  • We will meet 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students for all years of study.

  • We offer aid in the form of grants, not loans, which you do not pay back. Many of our students graduate free of debt from Princeton.

 

Additional Affiliations

 

Princeton is a proud partner with Service to School (S2S), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides higher education counseling through professional advisers and peer networks at no cost to veteran applicants. We are part of a small group of institutions involved in their Service to School (S2S) VetLink initiative, launched in 2015 to connect these counselors with our admission representatives.

Princeton is also proud to be a host campus to the Warrior-Scholar Project, a national nonprofit that provides intensive academic workshops to assist the transition between the military and higher education.

Princeton is also a close partner of the Leadership Scholar Program, which works to assist Marines in pursuing their education at highly selective institutions after their transition out of the Marine Corps.

For more information about support for military-affiliated students at Princeton, please contact Dr. Keith Shaw, director of transfer, veteran, and nontraditional student programs at kmshaw@princeton.edu.

 

Learn More

 

The following video is presented in collaboration with our partners at the Leadership Scholar Program, Service to School (S2S) and Warrior-Scholar Project. We are joined by admission representatives from Amherst College, Pomona College, Williams College and Yale University to share information about applying as a military-connected student. 

 

Above all else, the best resource was the small group of on-campus transfers. I moved around a lot while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, so I was well-prepared for the cross-country move from Southern California to Princeton, New Jersey. But [my partner] Jenna had never moved away from home. Homesickness and the isolation of the pandemic made her relocation terribly difficult. Thankfully, a few transfer students and their families welcomed us both warmly.

- Xander de los Reyes

Read Xander's Blog Post

Transfer Application Dates & Deadlines

Students may transfer for fall entry if they have the equivalent of one or more years of full-time postsecondary transferrable credit by the spring prior to enrollment.

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First-year Application Dates & Deadlines

You can apply to Princeton for first-year admission through single-choice early action or regular decision.

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Transfer Application Checklist

Review the list of components that comprise the Princeton application.

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Affiliations and Partnerships

Princeton University is a proud partner with multiple programs that assist military veterans pursue higher education.

Leadership Scholar Program Service to School (S2S) Warrior-Scholar Project

Affiliations and Partnerships

Princeton University is a proud partner with multiple programs that assist military veterans pursue higher education.

Leadership Scholar Program Service to School (S2S) Warrior-Scholar Project

U.S. Military Applicant FAQs