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 your current academic and future career plans as they relate to the Princeton department to which you are applying. In doing so, please cite relevant academic, professional and personal experiences that influenced your decision to apply for graduate admission and to obtain a graduate degree. Your statement should not exceed 1,000 words and must be written in English. 

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

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