Princeton-Rutgers Exchange Program

Students who wish to take classes at Princeton must be fully vaccinated in order to be approved to participate. Princeton graduate students who wish to participate at a host institution must abide by the host institution health protocols.

Princeton and Rutgers-New Brunswick have been operating an informal exchange program since 1964. It is operated through Princeton University's Graduate School - Academic Affairs and Office of the Registrar, along with Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The program is informal to the extent that formal registration as an enrolled graduate student at the host institution is unnecessary. The exchange form is used to accomplish registration at each institution. The objective of the program is to make courses available to graduate Ph.D. and master's students that are not available at their home institution. To be eligible to take a course at the other institution, a graduate student must be matriculated in a Ph.D. or master's program, must have his/her adviser, graduate program director, or departmental chairperson countersign his/her request with the Princeton exchange coordinator indicating that the course is necessary for the student's program and is not available at his/her home institution.

No tuition or fees are exchanged. Grades are reported through an official transcript from the host institution, and the course is reported on the student's home school transcript. Please note that students must abide by the host institution's grading policies. Registration is limited to one or two graduate courses per semester; undergraduate courses may not be taken under this program. Please note that graduate level courses are indicated by a course number of 500 or above. Students may not audit courses through the exchange program. 


The 2023-24 deadlines for registration at Princeton are September 8 for the fall term and February 2 for the spring term. Princeton students registering for courses at Rutgers must follow their deadlines. 

Instructions for Princeton University Students

Instructions for Rutgers Students Visiting Princeton