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 Computer Engineering, General, Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Public Policy Analysis, General, History, General, Political Science and Government, General.

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 2019 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Anthropology 20 16 80% 4 20%
Architecture 9 6 67% 3 33%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 24 18 75% 6 25%
Astrophysics 7 5 71% 2 29%
Chemical Engineering 38 17 45% 21 55%
Chemistry, General 32 18 56% 14 44%
Civil Engineering, General 29 21 72% 8 28%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 14 10 71% 4 29%
Comparative Literature 21 16 76% 5 24%
Computer Engineering, General 129 45 35% 84 65%
East Asian Studies 11 5 45% 6 55%
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 48 34 71% 14 29%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 129 46 36% 83 64%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 33 8 24% 25 76%
English Language and Literature, General 48 37 77% 11 23%
Experimental Psychology 45 34 76% 11 24%
French Language and Literature 7 6 86% 1 14%
Geology/Earth Science, General 14 9 64% 5 36%
German Language and Literature 4 1 25% 3 75%
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 9 5 56% 4 44%
History, General 84 39 46% 45 54%
Linguistics 2 2 100% 0 0%
Mathematics, General 32 2 6% 30 94%
Mechanical Engineering 39 7 18% 32 82%
Molecular Biology 51 29 57% 22 43%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7 4 57% 3 43%
Music, General 6 2 33% 4 67%
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 6 3 50% 3 50%
Neuroscience 18 12 67% 6 33%
Operations Research 72 30 42% 42 58%
Philosophy 34 10 29% 24 71%
Physics, General 24 9 38% 15 63%
Political Science and Government, General 73 27 37% 46 63%
Public Policy Analysis, General 107 69 64% 38 36%
Religion/Religious Studies 14 7 50% 7 50%
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3 2 67% 1 33%
Sociology 37 21 57% 16 43%
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