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Refer to This List Before Hitting 'Submit'

Dec 15, 2015
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WWS Graduate Admissions

The deadline to apply to our graduate degree programs (MPP, MPA, Ph.D.) is today, Dec. 15. We have compiled the top five frequently asked questions regarding the application process. Refer to this list before hitting submit!

  1. What time is the application deadline?

11:59 p.m. EST

  1. I submitted my application but do not see my GRE/TOEFL scores on the checklist. Why not?

Once you submit your application, it can take up to three weeks for your checklist to be updated. On average, it could take as little as 7 to ten days to match your scores to your application. Keep an eye on your checklist to see the progress. The GRE/TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing services and cannot be self-reported. Please have them submitted to Princeton University using code 2672 (no department code is needed.)

  1. My recommender is not going to be able to submit by the end of today. Will you still accept the letter? 

The recommender form remains open beyond the application deadline for their convenience. If they submit the letter after the deadline, we will still accept it. The letter will be attached to your application as soon as they submit. Since our deadline is Dec. 15, they should submit it as soon as possible. If s/he are not able to submit online, s/he should email a scanned copy of the signed letter on letterhead to gradapp@princeton.edu and copy wwsadmit@princeton.edu.

  1. What if I have a technical issue due to an error in the online application?

Technical issues such as getting errors and having trouble submitting documents are handled by the application vendor. Contact them at help@applyweb.com.

  1. How long should my statement of academic purpose (or “personal statement”) be?

Your statement of purpose or statement of academic purpose should be approximately two to four pages, double-spaced. For further information about the personal statement and other application documents, refer to the admissions section of the website for the program to which you are applying: MPA, MPP or Ph.D.


Our FAQ has a number of additional answers to questions about the application, test scores, recommendations, transcripts and financial aid.


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