Admission & Hiring

Princeton's policies have evolved over the years to increase access to the University. Some of the key policies and initiatives in place include:

  • Equal Opportunity Policy: Princeton does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status in any phase of its employment process, in any phase of its admission or financial aid programs, or other aspects of its educational programs or activities, in compliance with federal, state and local laws and campus policies, as stated in our Equal Opportunity Policy.
  • Employee hiring policies. Responsibilities of hiring supervisors include posting all open positions, conducting fair and credible searches, looking for ways to get a diverse applicant pool, and following University rules and state and federal laws.
  • Academic recruiting and retention efforts: In 2013, the trustees and the University president endorsed the recommendations of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, which included a comprehensive set of proposals to increase the diversity and inclusivity of the University. A key recommendation was for each department to craft a multiyear strategic diversity plan for recruiting and retention (.pdf) (see page 10), with centralized financial and administrative support. The report also included best practices for enhancing diversity among the following groups:
  • Training. The University has added training in understanding cross-cultural differences and how to attract and lead a diverse workforce.
  • No-loan financial aid policy: In 2001, Princeton eliminated loans from its undergraduate financial aid packages, replacing them with grants and allowing students to graduate debt-free. Socioeconomic diversity at the University has since increased; currently, about 60 percent of undergraduates receive aid, compared with 38 percent before the policy change. There is no disadvantage in the admission process for financial aid applicants.

Financial aid budget grows to $140 million

On Jan. 31, the Board of Trustees approved the University's 2015-16 operating budget which includes a 7.4% increase in funding for undergraduate financial aid.

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Faculty hiring, graduate recruiting programs among diversity initiatives

In response to the 2013 Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Divesity, initiatives are underway to diversify the faculty, graduate student, postdoctoral and staff populations.

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Gonzalez named associate dean of the college

Khristina Gonzalez, formerly associate director of the Princeton Writing Center , has been appointed associate dean of the college.  In this new role, which she began in April, Gonzalez will focus on programs and initiatives that support the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the student body.

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Associate Dean for diversity and inclusion named

Dale Trevino, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University will join the Graduate School as associate dean for diversity and inclusion on July 1.

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Vice President for Campus Life begins September 1

W. Rochelle Calhoun will join Princeton as its new vice president for campus life effective September 1.

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Buck named dean for diversity and inclusion

LaTanya Buck, currently the director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University, will assume the role of dean for diversity and inclusion in August.

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Erickson new head of disability services

Elizabeth Erickson has been named the new director of the Office of Disability Services.

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Eisgruber, trustees approve strategy to increase diversity

The Board of Trustees and President Christopher L. Eisgruber have unanimously endorsed a report by a special trustee committee that recommends a comprehensive strategy to increase the diversity and inclusivity of the Princeton University community.

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Deborah Prentice selected as dean of the faculty

Deborah Prentice, Princeton's Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs and chair of the Department of Psychology, became dean of the faculty on July 1.

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Questbridge Scholar Shawon Jackson gets full scholarship to Princeton

After earning a full scholarship to Princeton, Shawon Jackson has taken advantage of every opportunity available — studying education policy, becoming student body president, traveling abroad, and counseling high school students on college admission.

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Haneef selected as Campus Dining executive director

Smitha Haneef, an award-winning food service and hospitality leader with nearly 20 years of experience in restaurants and hotels around the world, has been named Princeton University's executive director of Campus Dining.

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Graduate School to welcome 608 new students

The international reputation and strong financial aid program of Princeton University's Graduate School attracts students from around the world, and for the 2014-15 academic year, 608 students have accepted the school's offer of admission.

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Board approves 20 faculty promotions

In June, the Board of Trustees approved the promotions of 20 faculty members, all effective July 1, 2014.

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Board approves 17 appointments to Princeton faculty

In June, the Princeton University Board of Trustees approved the appointments of 17 faculty members, including four full professors and 13 assistant professors.

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