Engineering involves the creative application of tools from math and science to solve problems that confront humanity today. While these problems present technological challenges, each exists within a cultural, economic, historical, and ethical context; thus, an undergraduate education in engineering must provide students with a broad academic foundation.
At Princeton, engineering students learn the fundamental principles of engineering sciences and apply that knowledge to engineering design and practice through advanced courses and independent work. Ample opportunities for study in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities complete a well-rounded undergraduate education that prepares students for a wide range of careers.
Each engineering undergraduate at Princeton pursues an academic program in one of the six engineering departments that reflects his or her aspirations and interests within a general framework of requirements. Interdepartmental certificate programs provide structure and recognition for interdisciplinary studies beyond a student’s major. The depth and flexibility of the program equips graduates to become leaders in many areas of engineering, science, business, law, medicine, and public service. We have an impact in many areas of societal need.
As members of the wider Princeton University community, engineering students are part of a lively, diverse, and attractive campus. All are members of residential colleges and are active participants in many different extracurricular activities, including intercollegiate and intramural athletics, musical and theatrical performance groups, and service initiatives. Students also enjoy the cultural offerings of New York City and Philadelphia, both major metropolitan centers that can be reached within one hour by train or car.