Statement of Academic Purpose

Applicants will be required to upload a statement of academic purpose with the admission application in the space provided. Prior to submitting, please review file upload requirements.


The statement should not exceed 1,000 words and must be written in English. The Graduate School does not have specific formatting requirements. The statement should include:

  • Plans: Highlight current academic and future career plans as they relate to the Princeton degree program to which you are applying

  • Experience: Include relevant academic, professional, and personal experiences that influenced the decision to apply for graduate admission and obtain a graduate degree.

  • Goals: Outline the goals for graduate study.


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