Princeton University has 37 different concentrations for undergraduates. These include humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Currently, the most popular majors throughout the school are Public Policy Analysis, General, Economics, General, Computer Engineering, General, History, General, Operations Research.

Independent work is a must at Princeton. For humanities undergraduates, all seniors must present a thesis and in a majority of departments, an extensive paper, or “junior paper”, is needed. You’ll also be required to complete several semesters in a foreign language. Science in Engineering students must spend two semesters on independent research. While B.S.E. has a strict curriculum, all students are able to take advantage of a self-designed curriculum.

You should also know that Princeton faculty do not proctor tests. It actually falls on the responsibility of your fellow students under the Honor Code. This code is central to a student’s academic career at the university.

Top Majors and Programs - Most Popular Degrees in 2018 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Anthropology 20 16 80% 4 20%
Architecture 10 3 30% 7 70%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 21 19 90% 2 10%
Astrophysics 9 4 44% 5 56%
Chemical Engineering 45 24 53% 21 47%
Chemistry, General 38 15 39% 23 61%
Civil Engineering, General 25 15 60% 10 40%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 10 6 60% 4 40%
Comparative Literature 12 7 58% 5 42%
Computer Engineering, General 112 28 25% 84 75%
East Asian Studies 9 4 44% 5 56%
Ecology 60 37 62% 23 38%
Economics, General 115 41 36% 74 64%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 35 17 49% 18 51%
English Language and Literature, General 51 36 71% 15 29%
French Language and Literature 5 2 40% 3 60%
Geology/Earth Science, General 17 9 53% 8 47%
German Language and Literature 5 1 20% 4 80%
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3 2 67% 1 33%
History, General 87 47 54% 40 46%
Mathematics, General 29 3 10% 26 90%
Mechanical Engineering 44 14 32% 30 68%
Molecular Biology 63 41 65% 22 35%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12 7 58% 5 42%
Music, General 8 4 50% 4 50%
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 13 7 54% 6 46%
Operations Research 77 28 36% 49 64%
Philosophy 23 7 30% 16 70%
Physics, General 16 3 19% 13 81%
Political Science and Government, General 75 42 56% 33 44%
Psychology, General 68 60 88% 8 12%
Public Policy Analysis, General 141 74 52% 67 48%
Religion/Religious Studies 12 8 67% 4 33%
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 0 % 1 100%
Sociology 36 21 58% 15 42%
Degree data from 2015-2016
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