Princeton University Preparatory Program

The Princeton University Preparatory Program is a highly engaged, holistic college preparation and success program that fosters development of high-achieving students who have been historically marginalized. Our multi-year, tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and success within selective colleges and universities, and beyond.

Students from five partner high schools in Mercer County, New Jersey are invited to apply to become PUPP Scholars during the spring of their first year of high school. Acceptance into PUPP is contingent upon a student’s academic record, state exam scores, a writing sample, household income, performance in a small group interview, leadership potential and commitment to pursuing higher education. Once selected, PUPP Scholars participate throughout the remainder of their high school career. They complete three, intensive, six-and-a-half week summer institutes at Princeton University and take part in robust school-year programming, including weekly after-school academic sessions and a series of cultural excursions. PUPP works directly with scholars and their families throughout their PUPP experience with senior year focused on college admissions, financial aid process, and collegiate success. PUPP alumni receive support with their transition to college along with guidance and support services through their collegiate career.


Learn more about PUPP on their website.