Admissions rev


The Department of Chemistry encourages applications from students representing diverse academic backgrounds. Applications are accepted only in the fall of each year for admission the following September. 


Application Window Opens:


DECEMBER 1, 2020


Admission Decision:
By FEBRUARY 1, 2021


Graduate Program Who's Who:

Meredith LaSalle-Tarantin, Graduate Program Administrator

Meredith LaSalle-Tarantin
Graduate Program Administrator

Contact Meredith for all graduate program and admissions questions.

Susan VanderKam, Manager of Diversity Initiatives

Susan VanderKam
Manager of Diversity Initiatives

You may have already met Susan at a conference. Contact Susan for questions about diversity initiatives and resources.

Robert Knowles, Acting Director of Graduate Studies

Robert Knowles
Professor of Chemistry
Acting Director of Graduate Studies


Admission to all graduate programs at Princeton University, including the Department of Chemistry, is through the university's online graduate school application. Please refer to Applying to Princeton for the authoritative requirements. The basic requirements are listed below.

Upon receiving applications from the Graduate School, the Department of Chemistry's Admissions Review Committee reviews each application in a holistic fashion, considering all aspects of the application file including prior research and coursework, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores.


sample transcript STEP 2 - (REQUIRED)
Submit a scan of your undergraduate transcript through the online application.


GRE Standard TestSTEP 3 - (REQUIRED)

The GRE General Test score is required for all applicants.



The GRE Subject Test score in chemistry, biology or physics is strongly recommended and viewed favorably by the Department of Chemistry's Admissions Review Committee.



Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received their undergraduate education in a country where the native language is English, must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores.


Letter of ReferenceSTEP 6 - (REQUIRED)

The graduate school must receive three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty or advisors who know your abilities.


Further Details and Fine Print...



There are no minimum test score requirements for admission. The standardized scores are reviewed as part of the applicant’s portfolio by the faculty review committee. 

Please note that some November GRE test results might not be officially submitted by ETS until after the December 1 deadline. You may self-report the test results to our graduate administrator, Meredith LaSalle-Tarantin, by email as soon as you have them. The November results are usually received by the Graduate School by mid-December allowing sufficient time for the official report to be confirmed by the admissions committee.



The application fee is established and managed by the Graduate School. The department cannot grant a fee waiver. Only requests from U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be considered for a fee waiver. Click for more information on fee waivers. 



All students receive full financial support for the length of their course of study funded through fellowship, teaching and advisor support. This support is not a loan and does not require repayment. Students are provided tuition, health insurance and a stipend for housing and living expenses. Click for more information about financial support, policies and rates. 



Princeton offers many options for graduate student housing both on and off campus. Over 70 percent of enrolled graduate students live in on-campus graduate housing while pursuing their advanced degree. All incoming students are guaranteed housing in their first year and should expect to retain the option for continued on-campus graduate housing for the first three years of study. Housing options include dormitory style living in the Graduate College and apartment living in several complexes. Students may apply for housing that they will share with their spouse, domestic partner, and/or dependents. Click to explore graduate student housing options and on-campus rates. 



Admissions decisions are shared by February 1st. Official campus visits for accepted students are held in February and March. An invitation to attend one of our Visiting Weekends will be sent to all accepted students.




Our chemistry department offers a first-class graduate program that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in any career path, science or beyond. Click for details of graduate alumni placement after Princeton.


Many Voices, One Princeton

The Princeton University Department of Chemistry is committed to providing an open and supportive learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff. As a community, we respect the dignity, individuality, and freedom of each member. At the same time, we strive to be a place where individuals and groups learn with and from each other. We aim to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose, along with a collective responsibility for each other's well-being and for the well-being of the department as a whole. Click for the Department of Chemistry's extended diversity statement.