Transfer Students

In 2018, Princeton University proudly relaunched its transfer program as an access and inclusion initiative. Each year we plan to admit a small number of academically promising students who have excelled at other institutions of higher learning. We hope to enroll students who bring a variety of perspectives and experiences to campus, and especially encourage applications from first-generation, low-income students, community college students, and U.S. military veterans.


Students who will have completed one full-time academic year (two semesters) or more of college education by the time of their enrollment should apply through the transfer program. Students with less than a full-time academic year (two semesters) should apply as first-year students. The details of the application process for transfer students can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The application deadline is March 1. If you have questions about the transfer admission process, please contact us at


Once enrolled at Princeton, transfer students benefit from the same curriculum as every Princeton undergraduate. You may pursue any concentration or seek any certificate, allowing you to explore an amazing range of intellectual and creative trajectories. To learn more about Princeton’s undergraduate curriculum, including the differences between our AB and BSE programs, please visit the Undergraduate Announcement website.

Depending on your academic record prior to enrolling at Princeton, you might enroll as a first-year, a sophomore, or, in very rare cases, a junior. Transfer students may only enroll in the fall term. A committee of Princeton faculty and administrators will carefully review your file to ensure you enter our curriculum equipped to succeed. This review process determines your standing and what courses, if any, transfer to Princeton: first-year students do not enroll with transferred courses, but sophomores enter with nine courses and juniors enter with seventeen. We normally use transferred courses to help meet your general education requirement, meaning that you take most of your concentration coursework here. You take a customized Writing Seminar in the fall of your first term to meet the university writing requirement.

Transfer students are not automatically given credit for department prerequisites or requirements through transferred courses. In consultation with the Office of the Dean of the College, you may petition an academic program to evaluate a transferred course for this purpose. You may be asked to show relevant documentation, such as the course syllabus or graded written work, to help faculty make such decisions, so please hold on to all your course records! You’ll talk with advisers about this process early in the summer prior to enrollment to help plan your on-ramp into our curriculum.

Transfer students in their writing seminar
Princeton's transfer students discuss academic argument, the 2018 midterms, and rubber chickens in WRI 207, "Governing Humans."

Financial Aid

Princeton is committed to meeting 100% of students’ demonstrated need for the full period of their enrollment through a combination of grant aid and a campus job. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with a financial aid officer shortly after admission. If you have pressing questions, you are welcome to contact Silvia Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid, at

Princeton participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and does not limit the number of students eligible for the program. Princeton's need-based financial aid program can supplement or even replace the use of veterans benefits toward the total cost of attendance.

Housing and Dining

Princeton is committed to securing housing for all students through the full term of their enrollment, and every effort will be made to find appropriate housing for nontraditional students and students with families. Transfer students have had the benefit of being enrolled at another institution of higher education and are required to live and dine within the residential college system during their first year of enrollment only. However, the overwhelming majority of Princeton students continue to live on campus for their full undergraduate career.

In many cases, transfer students are housed through the same procedure as other undergraduates in one of our six Residential Colleges. If you have a spouse, you may be housed in apartment-style accommodations in the Residential Colleges. If you have children, you may be housed on campus in graduate apartments. The exact assignments are determined by Undergraduate Housing on a case-by-case basis during the summer before your enrollment. Final decisions are influenced by a variety of factors, including the demand for particular types of accommodations in the context of a limited housing stock.

Pricing Policies for Non-Traditional Students and Families

**Please note that the following charges are for the 2021-2022 academic year only.**

Family Housing and Dining

The base room charge for students living in family housing is 1.35x the standard undergraduate room charge. The estimated standard undergraduate room charge for 2021-22 is $10,690, and therefore the base family housing charge is $14,432. This rate applies to married students living in undergraduate (i.e. Spelman) or graduate (i.e. Lawrence) housing.

Students with children/legal dependents will be assigned to graduate housing (such as Lawrence or Lakeside), and the room charge scales with the size of the accommodation. The estimated costs of these accommodations for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

                1BR: $14,432 (1.35x undergraduate room charge, available for students with children under 2)

                2BR: $17,932 (1 BR Rate + $3,500)

                3BR: $22,432 (2 BR Rate + $4,500; the additional price reflects the increase in square footage in the 3br accommodations)

                4BR: $27,932 (3 BR Rate + $5,500; the additional price reflects the increase in square footage in the 4br accommodations)

These prices are for nine-month contracts. Students living in these units are automatically eligible for 12-month contracts at a prorated monthly cost, up until their graduation. Undergraduate students are not charged for utilities, and so the room charge is inclusive of heat, water, electricity, internet, etc.

Further details regarding Undergraduate Housing can be found on the University Housing and Real-Estate website.

Princeton makes a variety of dining plans available to students with families, making it possible for family members to eat on campus. Children/dependents under the age of 8 can eat for free in the dining halls, when accompanying a student or spouse/cohabitating partner enrolled in the meal plan. If students have a food allergy, or require a special diet, Campus Dining's registered dietician can provide them with the information they need to make healthy food choices and review potential allergens. To contact the Princeton Campus Dining registered dietician, please email Melissa Mirota, RD Campus Wellness Dietitian. Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services (241 Frist Campus Center, 609-258-8840 or

Student Health Plan

Students are eligible to enroll in the Student Health Plan, as are legally married spouses. The individual rate for 2019-20 was $1,900/year.

Dependent children under the age of 26 can be enrolled in the student health plan. The rate for 2019-20 was $950/year. Enrolled aid students and their dependents, though not spouses, are eligible for additional aid to cover their costs if they do not have comparable coverage through another source. Students should visit the student health plan website for full eligibility requirements.

Residential College Participation/Fee

The residential college fee for undergraduates in 2019-20 was $930/year. Spouses and cohabitating partners are welcome to participate in many of the residential college programs for a reduced program fee ($465/year in 2019-20). Children may participate as appropriate in select events and activities in the residential colleges at no additional cost after consultation with the college head.


As a transfer student, you’ll benefit from the same robust advising structure as your peer undergraduates. That means you’ll work with the Dean, Director of Studies, and Director of Student Life in your Residential College, and will be assigned a faculty adviser to help with all course selection and curricular planning matters. In addition, you’ll benefit from the mentorship of our transfer program director, and you’ll be invited to participate in the Scholars Institute Fellows Program, where you may join a vibrant community of engaged scholars participating in year-round academic, co-curricular, and professional development opportunities.

Bridge Programming

All transfer students are cordially invited, though not required, to participate in Princeton’s summer bridge programming. Normally, you will be invited to the FSConnect online experience, though in some circumstances you might be invited to the FSI Residential program instead. Transfer students are also cordially required to attend the one-week Pre-orientation Program in late August. Through this program, you can move in early, get yourself and any family members settled, meet advisers and mentors on campus, engage in academic and co-curricular workshops customized for the transfer experience, and participate in our Pre-Orientation Boot Camp, designed for a mixed cohort of students to get acquainted with the methods of quantitative reasoning as they are taught at Princeton.

Transfer students then participate in our full Orientation Program prior to course selection and the beginning of the fall term.

Is this a lot? Yes. But it’s definitely worth it!

Student Veterans

We work closely with our student veterans to support their academic and co-curricular ambitions. In recent years, we have sponsored and mentored the Princeton Student Veterans Alliance, our undergraduate group for military-affiliated students, funded trips to student veteran conferences and professional development opportunities, and were proud to host the Ivy League Veterans Council conference in September 2018. Our student veterans also benefit from mentorship and support from Princeton’s new veteran alumni group, PVETS.

Princeton partners with Service to School, a non-profit dedicated to preparing transitioning military veterans to apply, enroll, and succeed at leading colleges and universities. We also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and do not limit the number of students eligible for the program. Our need-based financial aid can supplement or even replace the use of veterans’ benefits toward the cost of attendance.

Princeton has hosted the Warrior-Scholar Project on campus since 2017, expanding to incorporate its additional STEM curriculum beginning in 2018.

Student Veterans attend the Ivy League Veterans Council at Princeton in 2018.
Princeton hosts student veterans from across the country at the Ivy League Veterans Council in September 2018.

Still Have Questions?

Please contact Dr. Keith Shaw, Director of Transfer, Veteran, and Non-Traditional Student Programs at

Who Are Princeton’s Transfer Students?

Our small cohort of transfer students came to New Jersey from all across America and overseas. We’re proud to include military-affiliated students from the US Army, Marine Corps, and Marine Reserves among our ranks, some of whom participated in Service to School and the Warrior-Scholar Project. Our students hail from both community colleges and four-year institutions, and include recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship. They intend to major in everything from Computer Science to African American Studies and Philosophy to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. It’s a diverse, ambitious, engaged student community that looks forward to welcoming next year’s transfer class.


Princeton's first transfer cohort tours Princeton.
We have landed! Princeton's transfer cohort outside the Frist Campus Center shortly after arrival.