Prospective Students



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. 



For Program and Admissions questions, please contact:
Meredith LaSalle-Tarantin
Graduate Program Administrator

Connect with us at a conference!

Susan VanderKam
Manager of Diversity Initiatives

Susan VanderKam, Manager of Diversity Initiatives will be available at the conferences listed below.
If students are attending they should look for Susan in the exhibit hall at the Princeton University Graduate School table.



The Department 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. 

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Online application including a statement of academic purpose. (available beginning early September) 
  • Transcript: scanned version of transcript obtained through your undergraduate institution – an unofficial transcript is all that is required with your application
  • GRE General Test score is required for all applicants.
  • GRE Subject Test score is strongly recommended and viewed favorably by the admissions committee. Request that your official scores be sent to Princeton University using institution code 2672. You may select the subject test that most closely aligns with your background and interests, i.e., chemistry, physics or biology.
  • 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. The only exemption for this requirement is if your native language is not English, but you earned your bachelor's degree or a Ph.D. in its entirety in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada.
  • Three letters of recommendation



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 here 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 here 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. 

To explore Graduate Student Housing options and on-campus rates, click here. 



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 here for details of graduate alumni placement after Princeton.