Rescinding an Offer of Admission

Responsible Office
Graduate School - Admission and Academic Affairs
Rodney D. Priestley, Dean of the Graduate School
  1. Policy Statement

    This policy describes the Graduate School’s policy for rescinding an offer of admission.

  2. Who is Affected by this Policy

    All admitted applicants.

  3. Definitions

    Revoke, cancel, or repeal.

  4. Policy

    It is Princeton University’s expectation that all admitted students uphold the intellectual, ethical, and professional standards of the University. By accepting admission to the Graduate School, students agree to abide by the policies, standards, and code of conduct set forth on the Graduate School’s website and in the University’s publication Rights, Rules, Responsibilities.

    The Graduate School reserves the right to withdraw or rescind an offer of admission for, but not limited to, the following reasons: 

    • Any part of the application contains misrepresentations;
    • If the applicant fails to graduate, does not receive an undergraduate diploma (or its equivalent) by the end of the current school year, or otherwise will not hold the academic credentials presented as part of the application;
    • If the applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program and shows a significant drop in academic performance between application and graduation (as determined by the Graduate School);
    • If the applicant accepts Princeton's offer of admission as well as the offer of admission of another college or university for the same period of enrollment;
    • If the applicant engages in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity, or professional suitability; or
    • If the applicant engages in conduct that violates University policy.

    Once a student has legitimately registered as enrolled, either by receiving a University identification card (for early-arrival students) or completing academic year sign-in, all normal policies and procedures for enrolled students are followed. These policies and procedures can be found on the Graduate School’s website; the University’s publication Rights, Rules, Responsibilities; and the website and/or graduate handbook of the student’s department or program. Enrolled students who have presented misleading or fraudulent information during the application process have not legitimately registered as enrolled.

  5. Procedures (if applicable)

    The decision to rescind an offer of admission is made jointly by the deputy dean of the Graduate School and the department or program to which the student has been admitted. An appeal of a rescinded offer of admission, if any, is heard by the dean of the Graduate School, whose decision in such matters is final.

  6. Related Documents/Pages/Forms (if applicable)

    See above.

  7. Roles and Responsibilities

    Dean of the Graduate School
    Oversees Graduate School policies and associated procedures.

    Directors of Graduate Studies
    Reviews admission materials.

    Dean of Academic Affairs
    Reviews admission materials.