Personal Essay

Applicants will be required to upload a personal essay with the admission application in the space provided. Prior to submitting, please review file upload requirements.


Princeton is strongly committed to welcoming students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applicants are required to submit a statement with their application briefly describing how their academic interests and life experiences would help them contribute to Princeton's scholarly community.

The Graduate School does not have specific formatting requirements, however the essay must be written in English and should not exceed 500 words.


Please be sure to review the personal essay before uploading and submitting the admission application. If you submitted an application and need to revise the essay, you may upload the corrected version through the checklist if it is before the deadline. After the deadline, no revised personal essay will be accepted.