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The Princeton University Department of Chemistry is committed to providing an open and supportive learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Many voices, one future. An inclusive Princeton logo.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. The Department of Chemistry’s extended diversity statement.


Important Dates:


Application Window Opens

December 1

Application Deadline

By February

Admission Decision

Admission Requirements

  • Step 1

    Please refer to Applying to Princeton for the authoritative requirements for admission to all graduate programs at Princeton University, including the Department of Chemistry.

  • Step 2

    Specific requirements for application to the Department of Chemistry may be found on the Chemistry Field of Study page.

  • Step 3

    Ultimately, all prospective graduate student must apply through the university’s Online Graduate School Application.

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.


Further Details and Fine Print…

Standardized Scores

The submission of GRE general test scores is strongly recommended but not required. There are no minimum test score requirements for admission. If submitted, 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 program manager, Patti Wallack, 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.

Fee Waiver

The application fee is established and managed by the Graduate School. The department cannot grant a fee waiver.  More information on fee waivers.

Financial Support

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. More information about financial support, policies and rates.

Admissions Decisions and Campus Visit

Admissions decisions are shared by February. 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.


Graduate Program Who’s Who:

Patti Wallack
Manager of Educational Programs, Outreach, and Events
[email protected]

Contact Patti for all graduate program and admissions questions.

Sarah Mullins
Graduate Program Manager
[email protected]

Contact Sarah for all graduate program and admissions questions.

Susan VanderKam

Susan VanderKam
Associate Director, Undergraduate Program
[email protected]

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

Erik Sorensen
Arthur Allan Patchett Professor in Organic Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry
Director of Graduate Studies