Statement of Academic Purpose

Applicants will be required to upload a statement of academic purpose with the admission application in the space provided. Please write a statement of current academic and future career plans as they relate to the Princeton department to which the applicant is applying. In doing so, please cite relevant academic, professional and personal experiences that influenced the decision to apply for graduate admission and to obtain a graduate degree. The statement should not exceed 1,000 words and must be written in English.

Please be sure to review the final statement before uploading it and submitting the admission application. If an applicant submitted an application and needs to revise the statement of academic purpose, the applicant 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.

For applicants to the Department of Physics, the department notes that it is not necessary to describe how one became interested in physics. Applicants are usually better served by devoting the statement to a description of their research background and interests. However, if an applicant's path to applying to the Princeton Department of Physics was unusual or compelling, please feel free to describe it. In any case, the Statement of Purpose should focus on specific research interests at Princeton and any relevant research experience.