Princeton by the Numbers

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Our People

  • In 2020-2021, Princeton enrolled 5,296 undergraduates.
  • With 7300 benefits-eligible employees, Princeton University is one of the region's largest employers.
  • Total voluntary payments made to the town of Princeton in 2019:  $3.35 million
  • Total local taxes paid in 2019: $13.6 million including $11.8 million paid to Princeton.
  • Number of members of the student body, faculty and staff and local alumni who volunteer in community service projects throughout the region each year: 2500+
  • Number of New Jersey governors educated at Princeton:   11
  • Number of alumni who are sitting members of the U.S. Supreme Court: 3
    Samuel Alito, ’72; Sonia Sotomayor ’76, and Elena Kagan ’81
  • Number of alumni who are sitting members of the N.J. Supreme Court: 1, Stuart Rabner, ’82
  • Alumni who are leaders in state government: Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7), ’85

Our Campus

  • Princeton University brings close to 558,000 visitors to campus and the region each year. (*Note: Visitor totals for 2019-20 were affected by restrictions related to COVID-19)
  • In FY2020, Princeton University had $369.7 million in sponsored research expenditures, including the University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
  • Princeton’s main campus contains 9.5 million square feet in 200+ buildings on 600 acres.   The University owns more than 1,040 acres in Princeton, more than 835 acres in Plainsboro Township and more than 520 acres in West Windsor Township.
  • Princeton is located in three municipalities (Princeton, West Windsor and Plainsboro), two counties (Mercer and Middlesex), and three legislative districts (the 14th, 15th and 16th).
  • The Dinky Line, running between Princeton Junction and Princeton Station, is the shortest regularly scheduled commuter line in the country at 2.9 miles.
  • Since establishing the Energy Master Plan in 2008, the University has achieved or identified for implementation an annual energy savings of approximately $5 million and annual CO2 reductions of more than 28,000 metric tons.
  • Building on its 2008 Sustainability Plan, Princeton released an updated comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan in April 2019, Princeton's 30-year Strategic Plan Framework and its 2026 Campus Plan. Highlights include a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2046 through direct reduction in the combustion of fossil fuels and other initiatives.
  • Princeton was one of the few institutions in the state that was able to maintain critical functions during the power outage after Hurricane Sandy because of the power supplied by the 15MW cogeneration plant and the flexibility of its microgrid.