Deadlines and Fees

Deadlines vary by department. Prospective applicants are encouraged to explore our fields of study catalog to view deadline information by academic department and program. The application must be submitted, and all required supporting material must be uploaded by the deadline. Earlier applications are encouraged; late applications are not accepted. The application fee is $75. Information about application fee waivers can be found at fee waiver.

Unexpected and emergent events such as natural disasters, political unrest or armed conflict, and widespread internet or power outages may make it impossible for applicants from an entire region or country to meet an application deadline. Due to the highly decentralized, department-based nature of graduate admissions, the Graduate School cannot make blanket changes to application deadlines, nor can we guarantee that any accommodations are possible. Such blanket changes would prevent the University from meeting its own deadlines for making admission decisions and informing all applicants of outcomes. However, prospective applicants from affected regions or countries are encouraged to reach out to Graduate Admission. When possible, the Graduate School and departments will work with prospective applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Other Important Dates

March 15

Admission decisions are emailed separately by department starting at the end of January through March 15. All decisions are sent to all applicants no later than March 15. Decisions will not be released by telephone or fax. If placed on the waitlist, it might be closer to April 15 before receiving a final admission decision.

If the email used in the application changes, please let us know by contacting us at

April 15

The Graduate School must receive a submitted acceptance by April 15, 11:59 p.m. ET or the offer of admission may be rescinded. Additionally, an offer of admission may be rescinded based on the Policy on Rescinding an Offer of Admission.

The Graduate School at Princeton University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (pdf) and abides by its resolution on admissions. The applicant can only accept one offer of admission to one institution. In the event that the applicant accepts an offer and decides to change his or her mind, either before or after the April 15 deadline, the applicant will need to inform the program of the withdrawal of acceptance of an offer in writing, prior to accepting a second offer.  To notify Princeton that you withdraw your acceptance, please send an email to and include the reason for the withdrawal.


In order to accept an offer of admission, the applicant must submit the acceptance online. Contacting the department will not serve as an admission offer acceptance.