The Undergraduate Program

This online publication presents the academic regulations, programs of study, and course offerings of Princeton University. Information about other important areas is available from various offices of the University, included in publications distributed to students, or found on the Princeton University website.

Princeton University is a private, coeducational university located in Princeton, New Jersey, midway between New York City and Philadelphia. The 500-acre central campus is residential, and all buildings are within easy walking distance of one another. Founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, Princeton now has an undergraduate population of approximately 5,200 students working toward the bachelor of arts (A.B.) or bachelor of science in engineering (B.S.E.) degree. The University's outstanding financial aid program provides grants rather than loans – which do not have to be repaid – and ensures that a Princeton education is affordable to qualified students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Students come from all 50 states and from more than 95 countries. A single full-time faculty of 947 teaches both graduate and undergraduate students.

Nearly all undergraduates are in residence on the campus, and housing is guaranteed for all four years. The six residential colleges provide a vast array of educational and social activities. In housing and dining arrangements, extracurricular activities, and daily social life, undergraduates make up a single student body regardless of degree candidacy or program of study. With many lectures, classes, and laboratories in common, undergraduates enjoy a shared academic experience, no matter what their principal field of study.

The A.B. Degree

Programs of study in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences lead to the degree of bachelor of arts. Students select a concentration from the following academic departments:

African American Studies



Art and Archaeology

Astrophysical Sciences



Comparative Literature

Computer Science

East Asian Studies

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



French and Italian





Molecular Biology


Near Eastern Studies







Slavic Languages and Literatures


Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


The B.S.E. Degree

Programs of study in the School of Engineering and Applied Science lead to the degree of bachelor of science in engineering. Students select a concentration from the following academic departments:

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Operations Research and Financial Engineering


Certificate Programs

In addition to their departmental concentration, students may earn a certificate by completing the requirements in one or more of the following programs:

African American Studies

African Studies

American Studies

Applications of Computing

Applied and Computational Mathematics


Architecture and Engineering

Asian American Studies


Cognitive Science

Contemporary European Politics and Society

Creative Writing


East Asian Studies

Engineering and Management Systems

Engineering Biology

Engineering Physics


Environmental Studies

Ethnographic Studies

European Cultural Studies


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Geological Engineering

Global Health and Health Policy

Hellenic Studies

History and the Practice of Diplomacy

Humanistic Studies

Jazz Studies


Judaic Studies

Language and Culture

Latin American Studies

Latino Studies


Materials Science and Engineering

Medieval Studies

Music Theater

Music Performance

Near Eastern Studies


Planets and Life

Quantitative and Computational Biology

Robotics and Intelligent Systems

Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

South Asian Studies

Statistics and Machine Learning

Sustainable Energy

Teacher Preparation

Technology and Society


Translation and Intercultural Communication

Urban Studies

Values and Public Life

Visual Arts


While methods of instruction vary widely, all areas of the academic program emphasize individual responsibility and the free interchange of ideas. This emphasis is demonstrated most notably in the wide use of preceptorials and seminars, in the provision of independent study for all upper-class students and qualified underclass students, and in the availability of a series of special programs to meet a range of individual interests. The undergraduate college encourages the student to be an independent seeker of information and to assume responsibility for gaining both knowledge and judgment that will strengthen later contributions to society.

Undergraduate regulations, academic and social, are relatively few. They represent the expectation of appropriate behavior on the part of all students and require a reasonable standard of performance in scholarly achievement.