Princeton aspires to be a truly diverse community in which individuals of every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status can flourish equally. We have made significant progress in recent years, especially in the diversity of our undergraduate student body. Today that population has achieved gender parity; the number of first-generation college students is on the rise; and the 2016 freshman class — 43 percent of which was composed of students of color — was the most diverse in Princeton's history.
The demographic snapshots below summarize the gender and racial/ethnic composition of campus populations for academic year 2016-17. The Institutional Research website provides fuller longitudinal data on student, faculty and staff demographics.
Gender disparities vary across a spectrum ranging from near parity among undergraduates and staff to a dramatic gender imbalance between male and female full professors. Note on gender categories: Although Princeton's population includes individuals who do not identify as either male or female (e.g., transgender), the chart uses data collected in conjunction with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education, which require that all individuals be reported as either male or female.
At Princeton, as at other selective colleges and universities, racial and ethnic minorities are generally more strongly represented among undergraduates than among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and senior administrators. Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native Alaskan individuals are underrepresented in all University populations relative to their national numbers.
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Notes: Data for all populations is as of November 2016. Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native Alaskan individuals account for less than 1% of the campus population in all categories. "Unknown" accounts for those who did not specify race or ethnicity. Student data includes Princeton's full-time undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree candidates. Student data excludes visiting students. "Postdocs" includes postdoctoral research associates and postdoctoral research fellows. Data for all faculty ranks and staff populations includes "Princeton paid" individuals and excludes visitors. "Non-Tenure-Track Faculty" includes instructors, lecturers and senior lecturers. "Senior Staff" includes (i) non-faculty administrators at grades 8-11 and related ranks, (ii) information technology professionals at grades 4 and 5, and (iii) PPPL executive officers and administrators grades 8-12. "All Other Staff" includes all benefits-eligible non-faculty employees and grade levels across campus (e.g., administrators, librarians, professional researchers, clerical and support staff, technical professionals and service workers). Percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.
Statistics from previous years
The Princeton Profile website provides additional statistics on campus demographics for groups including Undergraduate students, Graduate students, and Faculty. Check out the Profile archives for data from earlier years.