Princeton university  princeton  new jersey   united states
US News Ranking 17
Qsranking 24
Timesranking 7

Brief background:

Established in 1746, Princeton University is a Private Ivy League University. The University has a history of producing world leaders, inventors, and great scientists. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering along with a number of professional degrees too.

The U.S. News and Reports has consistently ranked the University 1st or 2nd amongst National Universities since 2001.

Its Engineering school, the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, integrates research with each academic discipline. The school offers Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and Ph.D. degree programs.


Princeton University ranking is #12 in the world by the QS Global World Ranking. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has placed the university at 9th in its World University Rankings 2021 and 7th in its US College Rankings 2021.

Acceptance Rate

Princeton University acceptance rate is around 5.5% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students is around 13%.


Located in Princeton, the University campus is spread across 500 acres. Princeton University campus has more than 180 buildings. Most of the buildings are quite old and yet look majestic. The campus is dotted with a number of towers and theatres and also has 10 libraries that have 7 million bound volumes and 11 million holdings. The campus also has an art museum, Chapel, and other state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities for its students.

Residing Options:

The University offers on-campus accommodation to its students and almost 98% of students choose on-campus accommodation. The University has 6 undergraduate residential colleges that guarantee on-campus accommodation to all undergraduates during the course of their study. A very small percentage of students choose off-campus accommodation and end up paying $1000 a month for it.

Faculty and pedagogy:

Princeton University has excellent faculty. Most of them are stalwarts in their respective fields and quite a number of them have received awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and even the Emmy Award. A large percentage of them are doing cutting-edge research and students greatly benefit from their association.


Princeton University tuition fees for Indian students is around $45,000 annually. The annual off-campus living cost is around $10,000. 

Financial aid:

Getting an external scholarship or financial aid is not difficult since only the cream of the cream make it to the University and external scholarships are readily available for them.

Jobs and placements:

Studying at the top University of the country has its own perks and one of them is the excellent job offers that students from the University have. Given the quality of education and exposure that they receive, it is no wonder that leading companies from across the globe want to recruit students from here.


Princeton has a very long list of notable alumni. Princeton University notable alumni list includes personalities such as the former President of the United States John F. Kennedy, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India Rakesh Mohan, Founder of Jeff Bezos and Co-founder of Akamai Technologies F. Thomson Leighton.


Is there anything left to say? Princeton is right there at the top and getting admission here is extremely difficult. If you have an amazing profile, then do apply here.


Princeton’s campus is located in Princeton, New Jersey, covering about 500 acres. Located between New York and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible by public transport or vehicles. Newark Liberty International Airport is the nearest and most conveniently accessible international airport. Other international airports where shuttles and trains from the campus reach are: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia International Airport (LGA).
A train locally known as “The Dinky” connects campus (Princeton Station at Alexander   Street) with Princeton Junction.
Northbound NJ TRANSIT trains passing through Princeton Junction provide direct service to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport. A southbound transfer to the SEPTA regional rail Trenton Line train at Trenton provides service to Philadelphia. Amtrak trains connect Princeton Junction to Washington, D.C., Boston, and the broader region. The shuttle routes of Tiger Transit run through the primary campus and connect with Princeton train station, Forrestal campus, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and several local grocery stores. The Princeton-Mercer area is an idyllic region full of facilities, including world-class hotels and conference centers, museums, historic sites, music and food festivals, and top-class sport arenas. Also, it is equidistant from the two main metropolitan areas - New York and Philadelphia. There are more than a dozen parks and historic sites within the campus’s walking range including the Princeton Battlefield, the towpath of the Delaware and Raritan Canals, and the Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge/Institute Woods.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 13%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 13
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 45
TA Appointments 156
RA appointments 288
Research funding $73,984,591
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Aerospace and Mechanical

Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has played a major role over the previous half-century in the domain of combustion, fluid flow modeling and measurement, environmental science, and aerospace dynamics. The department’s objective is to educate leaders in engineering and applied sciences through its intensive undergraduate and graduate programs and prepare them for lucrative careers in industry, academia, and government. The department offers the following distinct programs: B.S.E, M.S.E., M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Lectures and readings in the undergraduate program focus on bridges, railroads, power plants, steamboats, telegraph, highways, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip. The laboratory works on technical analysis which is the foundation for the designs of major innovations. Nearly all Ph.D. students receive full financial support. For all the three graduate programs, the course performance demands are the same and only the general study plan (courses and dissertation research) is different.


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering provides interesting possibilities for graduate studies in the fields of thermal science and energy conversion, fluid mechanics, materials science, biomechanics, dynamics and control, underwater vehicles, flight science, computational and experimental fluid mechanics, lasers and applied physics, propulsion and environmental technology. The distinct degree programs offered by the faculty are BS, Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.), MEng and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical Engineering. The M.S.E. program lays a strong emphasis on study and research reflected in the need for a Master's thesis. The doctoral program is a combination of course work and original research involvement. The department offers BSE in Mechanical Engineering which is an undergraduate programme. Major focus of the undergraduate  program is on bridges, power plants, railroads, steamboats, highways, telegraph, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip.
Princeton University is at the center of interdisciplinary studies, and learners are encouraged to make the best of opportunities that other departments within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as associated departments and programs outside the school offers.

Areas of Expertise: Laser and Applied Physics; Computational Engineering; Materials and Mechanical Systems; Combustion and Energy Conversion; Vehicle Sciences and Applications; Bioengineering; Dynamics and Control Systems; Fluid Mechanics; Energy and the Environment 

Chemical and Biological

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering addresses a variety of issues related to human health, energy, materials science, and industrial processes. The students in this department have a diverse set of interests but share a common drive to make the world a better place. A strong footing in the chemical and biological engineering fundamentals acquired by the students through the department’s programmes enables them to lead in careers of academia, public sector, industrial research and development, business, entrepreneurship and medicine. The department provides Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Masters of Science in Engineering (MSE), Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.), and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. All three graduate programs are based on the principles of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, math, physics, and associated fields of science and engineering. The M.S.E. program lays a strong focus on research which is reflected in the fact that the students are needed to submit a master’s thesis. All the  Ph.D. students receive full funding for at least five years. Admission in Ph.D. programme guarantees a generous stipend based on combined teaching and research assistantships.
Areas of Expertise: Process Engineering and Science; Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics; Materials Synthesis, Processing, Structure, and Properties; Environmental and Energy Science and Technology; Applied and Computational Mathematics; Bioengineering; Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena

Civil and Environmental

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides graduate study and research programs in the following areas: mechanics, equipment, and construction; and environmental engineering and water resources. The small student-faculty ratio in the department allows for productive working relationships between students and their instructors. The department provides the following programs of study in Civil Engineering: Ph.D. in mechanics, materials, and structures; M.S.E. (Master of Science in Engineering); and M.Eng. (Master of Engineering) in Structural Engineering. The M.S.E. program is geared towards research and also necessitates the submission of a thesis. It is generally finished in two full-time academic years. An M.Eng. degree is offered to students who are interested in the applied aspects of engineering and wish to prepare for professional practice and consulting. A BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering is an undergraduate course offered by the department. The specialization track of Structural Engineering in the undergraduate course is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies or plan to go into engineering practice and consulting. Its basic aim is to foster flexibility and innovation in the students who can address the novel problems of modern engineering.

Environmental Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton provides graduate and research programs in two fields: Environmental Engineering and Water Resources and Mechanics, Materials and Structures. The Department provides the following graduate programs: Ph.D. in environmental engineering and water resources; Ph.D. in mechanics, materials, and structures; M.S.E. (Master of Science in Engineering); and M.Eng. (Master of Engineering) in Structural Engineering; and M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources. Usually, the M.S.E. program is finished within two full-time academic years of research. An M.Eng. degree is offered to students who are interested in the applied aspects of engineering and wish to prepare for professional practice and consulting.

Areas of Expertise: Carbon Mitigation; Ecohydrology; Subsurface Hydrology; Water Quality, Biogeochemical Cycles, and Bioremediation; Risk Assessment and Earthquake Engineering; Computational Mathematics and Hydrodynamics; Sustainability; Climate; Civil Engineering Materials; Sensors and Remote Sensing; Surface Hydrology and Hydrometeorology; Atmospheric Dynamics; Structures and Structural Art

Computer Science

The Computer Science Department at Princeton University allows its students to design their own program within a framework that ensures in-depth exposure to algorithms and theoretical computer science, computer system design, and applications. The department offers undergraduate courses in the core areas of computer science and in an array of application and interdisciplinary areas. Due to the broad range of topics within computer science and the diverse interests of undergraduates, students here excel in computer science through either the A.B.(Bachelor of Arts) or B.S.E. degree program. The Department of Computer Science at Princeton University accepts beginning and advanced graduate students for study and research leading to Master of Science in Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Science. The Master's degree is a two-year full-time and thesis-required programme.
Areas of expertise: Graphics, Vision, Sound, Music, and HCI; Computational Markets, Economics, and Game Theory; Theory; Programming Languages and Software Engineering; Computer Architecture and Compilers; Artificial Intelligence and Machine; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Networks and Systems; Security, Privacy, and Policy


The Department of Electrical Engineering is engaged in core study fields like applied physics, computing and networking, integrated electronic systems, material devices, and photonics. The department offers a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering as an undergraduate course. The students in BSE do not only gain expertise in the core concepts of physics, math, and electronic systems but also get the chance to customize their training through projects and elective courses — within the department and across the campus. In graduate studies, the Master of Engineering program (M.Eng.) is intended to satisfy the need for strict and advanced training in the applicable elements of contemporary technology and is focused on technology and leadership in engineering. The M.Eng program can be completed without thesis option. Students enter the program after completing an undergraduate degree in disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science, or physics.

Areas of Expertise: Security; Information Sciences and Systems; High-Performance Computing; Materials and Devices; Nanotechnologies; Applied Physics; Photonics; Quantum Information; Energy and Environmental; Biological and Biomedical; Integrated Electronic Systems; Computing and Networking

Pure Science

The Department of Physics offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Physics. The department’s graduate study focuses heavily on research. Only the Ph.D. program is available in the department. The Department of Physics retains an active study program that focuses equally on theoretical and experimental studies. The Department of Chemistry provides an undergraduate programme and a research program leading to a Ph.D. The department is continuously listed as one of the world's top universities in chemistry and is ranked among the top ten by both U.S. News and World Report College Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The Mathematics Department provides a Ph.D. degree as well as an undergraduate course in Mathematics. There is a strong connection between the Math Department and the Advanced Study Institute, situated a short distance from the campus, which helps learners perform quality studies.

List of Labs: Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials; Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


Annual fees for Indians $45,000
Annual off-campus living $10,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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