Princeton University is first and foremost an institution of higher education that advances learning through scholarship, research and teaching of unsurpassed quality, with a deep commitment to serve the nation and the world. The University educates nearly 8,000 undergraduates and graduate students each year and supports the work of more than 1,800 faculty members and researchers. While the University draws students from across the U.S. and more than 90 countries, enrollment figures also reflect its deep roots in New Jersey, with 16% of undergraduates from the state.
Princeton's strengths in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, engineering, computer science, energy and the environment, molecular biology, chemistry, genomics and neuroscience prepare students for the science and technology-based economy in New Jersey, in the nation and throughout the world. The University's commitment to the social sciences provides opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills to pursue interdisciplinary solutions to challenges in public policy, economics and finance. Princeton's programs in architecture, the arts, humanities and languages provide a strong base for careers in contributions across a broad spectrum of disciplines, creating a world view that contributes to the development of culture and civil societies worldwide.
In an era of rising concern about the cost of higher education, Princeton's financial aid program awards grants, rather than loans, making it possible for students to graduate from Princeton without debt. In recent years, 84% of Princeton seniors have graduated debt-free, and for those who chose to borrow, the average debt at graduate was $8,500. Princeton consistently ranks in the top 10 on lists of four-year universities with the lowest average debt at graduation.