Contextualizing Diversity at Princeton

Undergraduate students at Princeton represent a range of diverse backgrounds. Half of the students in the class of 2024 are women and 61% of domestic students (citizens and permanent residents) identify as people of color. Sixty-three percent of students enter Princeton from public schools and 20% come from low-income families. While 10% of students in the class of 2024 are children of alumni, 17% of the class are first-generation college students (Princeton University Office of Admission).

In Fall 2019, the total annual cost of attendance at Princeton University was $69,950 (Tuition, $51,870; Residential college fee, $930; Room and board, $17,150). To accommodate our diverse student body, Princeton provides financial aid to 60% of their students with the average grant exceeding the cost of tuition. A full 82% of recent seniors graduated debt free. Further, the average debt of graduating seniors in 2023 was $9,000 (compared to $32,300 nationally for students attending private four-year colleges). Twenty-four percent of students in the class of 2023 received Federal Pell Grants, need-based grants to low-income students (Princeton University Office of Admission). Given the diversity of the Princeton student body, it is important to develop and use strategies that make all students, regardless of their background, feel welcome and fully able to learn.