In 2018, the University will accept TRANSFER STUDENTS for the first time since 1990. Here are some things to know:

  • Deadline to apply: March 1
  • Number expected to enroll: About 12 
  • Target groups: Princeton will “especially welcome” students who are exceptionally well prepared from low-income backgrounds, community colleges, and U.S. military service. 
  • Academic standing: Will be determined by faculty and college deans after evaluating transfer credit. Most A.B. students are expected to be admitted as sophomores and B.S.E. students as freshmen.
  • Housing/dining: Freshmen and sophomores will be part of the residential colleges, with age- and family-appropriate housing options.
  • Academic requirements: Transfer students must meet the same general-education requirements as others.
  • Campus life: With a broader range of backgrounds, including age and family status, students will “participate in Princeton culture to the extent they wish to,” according to Keith Shaw, director of transfer programs.
  • Academic support: Likely to include participation in the Freshman Scholars Institute, a summer program that introduces students to campus resources and offers two for-credit courses; a fall-semester course in research writing and methods; and a program offering a match with a graduate student to provide exposure to an academic field and exploration of research topics.