Incoming Students for Fall 2021

Welcome to all incoming graduate students!

As we start planning for the fall semester, the university has issued guidance that all undergraduate and graduate students should plan to be on-campus for in-person instruction for the coming 2021-22 academic year. Please check back here for frequent updates.

Princeton University will require all new incoming graduate students to receive, and provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) prior to arrival. 

Students, including international students with questions about how to receive an authorized vaccine, should visit the COVID Resources website for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Students in international locations who are unable to receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine(s) prior to their arrival or return to campus will have the opportunity to consult with UHS staff about whether vaccination here in New Jersey is appropriate.  For those who may be directed to be vaccinated here, a grace period for vaccination will allow for this. If students have already received vaccines that are not authorized, UHS will make individualized determinations about the need for additional vaccines based on which vaccines such students have received and relevant public health guidance.  Questions about this can be directed to  

If you cannot begin the fall 2021 term, you may request that your program and the Graduate School consider a deferral to allow you to start your enrollment in Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. Deferral requests will be reviewed through August 20. You should wait to make a deferral request until you are sure it is necessary. We encourage any students considering a deferral to explore all options with their program and, as relevant, the Davis International Center before making the request.

Deferral Request Form

Orientation Dates


An Onboarding “course” has been created for you through Canvas. This ungraded “course” will help you to keep track of your onboarding tasks, many of which are required. It will also link you to many essential University resources and alert you to any new announcements. You will log onto Canvas using your Princeton NetID and password.

Information for International Students

  • Check in with the Davis International Center , click on  Immigration Check-In.
  • Review the International Student Welcome Guide
  • If required at the time of admission, the English Language Placement Test for Incoming Students will be held prior to enrollment. The English Language Program will contact you.
  • International students who are not able to arrive by the start of the fall term due to travel or visa issues may request to defer enrollment to a later semester beginning August 15.

Arriving to Princeton

Graduate School Information

All incoming graduate students should take time to familiarize themselves with the Graduate School and the associated policies and practices.

The Graduate School Community

Campus Partners and Resources

Princeton offers a variety of resources to support graduate students.

Support for Families
Health & Safety
Support Services
Other Helpful Information