Initially an institution for white males, Princeton has evolved into a university that strives to be a welcoming environment for people of all abilities, genders, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The timeline below shows Princeton's advances and setbacks in opening the student and employee ranks to women and minorities. Read more.
The preamble to Princeton's charter claimed to welcome religious diversity, but in practice the campus was homogeneous. Princeton's early leaders included both slaveholders and abolitionists, and the University only occasionally admitted a student of minority status. The status quo held for more than two centuries.
In the 1950s and 1960s, as institutions across the United States began to welcome women and minorities, Princeton began to change. Under the leadership of Princeton President Robert F. Goheen (1957-1972), the University hired its first black professor, began enrolling women graduate and undergraduate students, and gave tenure for the first time to a female faculty member. Since that time, Princeton has continued to expand access and support for all.