Demographics

Princeton aspires to be a truly diverse community in which individuals of every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status can flourish equally. We have made significant progress in recent years, especially in the diversity of our undergraduate student body. Today that population has achieved gender parity; the number of first-generation college students is on the rise; and the 2016 freshman class — 43 percent of which was composed of students of color — was the most diverse in Princeton's history.

The demographic snapshots below summarize the gender and racial/ethnic composition of both U.S. and non-U.S. citizen campus populations for academic year 2017-18. The Institutional Research website provides fuller longitudinal data on student, faculty and staff demographics.

Gender

Gender disparities vary across a spectrum ranging from near parity among undergraduates and staff to a gender imbalance between male and female full professors. Note on gender categories: Although Princeton's population includes individuals who do not identify as either male or female (e.g., transgender), the chart uses data collected in conjunction with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education, which require that all individuals be reported as either male or female.

Gender of Princeton Campus Populations (Academic Year 2017-18)

Population Male Female
Undergraduates 51% 49%
Master's Students 51% 49%
Doctoral Students 61% 39%
Postdocs 70% 30%
Assistant Professors 61% 39%
Associate Professors 57% 43%
Full Professors 75% 25%
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty 48% 52%
Senior Staff 49% 51%
All Other Staff 52% 48%

Race/Ethnicity

At Princeton, as at other selective colleges and universities, racial and ethnic minorities are generally more strongly represented among undergraduates than among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and senior administrators. Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native Alaskan individuals are underrepresented in all University populations relative to their national numbers.

Race/Ethnicity of Princeton Campus Populations (Academic Year 2017-18)

Population Asian Black Hispanic White Multiracial Unknown
Undergraduates 25% 8% 11% 46% 5% 5%
Master's Students 29% 7% 10% 41% 4% 9%
Doctoral Students 29%  3% 8% 48% 2% 10%
Postdocs 30% 1% 5% 50% 1% 13%
Assistant Professors 11% 5% 9% 66% 2% 8%
Associate Professors 8% 4% 5% 82% 0% 0%
Full Professors 10% 3% 2% 83% 0% 1%
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty 13% 6% 9% 63% 1% 9%
Senior Staff 10% 6% 3% 80% 0% 1%
All Other Staff 9% 13% 6% 69% 1% 2%

Notes: Data for all populations is as of November 2017. Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native Alaskan individuals account for less than 1% of the campus population in all categories. "Unknown" accounts for those who did not specify race or ethnicity. Student data includes Princeton's full-time undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree candidates. Student data excludes visiting students. "Postdocs" includes postdoctoral research associates and postdoctoral research fellows. Data for all faculty ranks and staff populations includes "Princeton paid" individuals and excludes visitors. "Non-Tenure-Track Faculty" includes instructors, lecturers and senior lecturers. "Senior Staff" includes (i) non-faculty administrators at grades 8-11 and related ranks, (ii) information technology professionals at grades 4 and 5, and (iii) PPPL executive officers and administrators grades 8-12. "All Other Staff" includes all benefits-eligible non-faculty employees and grade levels across campus (e.g., administrators, librarians, professional researchers, clerical and support staff, technical professionals and service workers). Percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

Statistics from previous years

The Institutional Research website provides additional statistics on campus demographics for groups including Undergraduate students, Graduate students, and Faculty. Check out the Diversity Dashboard for data from earlier years.