Incoming Students for Fall 2020


Welcome to all incoming graduate students!

As Princeton University’s President Eisgruber recently stated in a letter to the University community, we are proceeding with the fall semester. If you are a new graduate student who was admitted to Princeton University for enrollment in the fall of 2020, you may have questions about your ability to join us on campus for the fall semester.  For more information about fall 2020 for graduate students, please see

We are exploring whether for a limited period of time some students unable to arrive in person may be able to start their programs virtually.  Whether this is possible will vary from program to program and student to student.  It will depend on many factors, including a department or program’s curriculum, stipend and tuition issues, and immigration and legal considerations.  If you have any questions about this, we encourage you to remain in close contact with your department or program.  Additionally, for those of you who require student visas, please remain in close contact with the Davis International Center as well. An email has been sent out to incoming students to explain the possible options for beginning the fall term.

You may request that your program and the Graduate School consider a deferral to allow you to start your enrollment at a later date.  You should wait to make a deferral request until you are certain that it is necessary, regardless of possibilities that may be presented to individual students to start their programs virtually.  Deferral requests will be considered through August 20, and making a request in August will not disadvantage you.  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.

For information on how to request a defer, please see Deferral Information.

Orientation Dates

Incoming Student Checklist

A checklist has been created to assist new graduate students in completing necessary procedures prior to and upon arrival at Princeton University. Download the checklist here.

Prior to Arrival

  • Complete all required University Health Services (UHS) Medical Forms and make sure that the student and family have received all required vaccines. Access to MyUHS will be available to you after you have received a welcome email from UHS.
  • Email resume/CV to For any questions, please contact the Office of Stewardship by email or 609-258-3320
  • Complete the University required sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence online training. Check your Princeton email account in July for an email from the Graduate School with information and instructions for completing the training.

Moving to Princeton

After Arrival

Information for International Students

  • Visit the Davis International Center to check in within 15 days of the start date on the I-20/DS-2019 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 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.

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