Qualifying Nondegree Students

Qualifying students are admitted for one year on a probationary and preparatory basis, and not as a degree-seeking student. The grounds for admission are either that the student's undergraduate program of study does not qualify the candidate for full admission in the field of choice, or the student's formal education was interrupted for a significant period of time. Qualifying students may take undergraduate and graduate courses for credit in preparation for application in the chosen field. Admission as a degree candidate following this preparatory period is not automatic.

Application Requirements

We are not currently accepting applications.

  • Statement of Purpose - brief statement describing your proposed plan of study

  • Resume or curriculum vitae  

  • Transcript from every college or university from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree

  • Fall semester grades if currently enrolled

  • Letters of recommendation - recommenders will submit letters through Slate

  • Register a sponsoring Princeton faculty member

  • Copy of the name page of your current passport (international applicants only)

Financial Support

Qualifying students are charged full tuition and fees and receive access to most of the same benefits as regular graduate students at Princeton, including student health insurance, on-campus health care, network and library privileges, and assistance from a number of offices, including the Graduate School, the Davis International Center, and campus and off-campus housing offices. A qualifying student is not ordinarily eligible for University or Graduate School financial support, and may not be appointed as an Assistant in Instruction (AI). Qualifying students must be approved by the sponsoring department or program and the Graduate School.