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History at Princeton University

Every history school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the history program at Princeton University stacks up to those at other schools.

Princeton is located in Princeton, New Jersey and has a total student population of 7,853. Of the 1,175 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 2021, 54 of them were history majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in History section at the bottom of this page.

Princeton History Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History
  • Master’s Degree in History
  • Doctorate Degree in History

Princeton History Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the history progam at Princeton compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The history major at Princeton is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for History. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Focused History Master’s Degree Schools 22
Most Popular History Schools 93
Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 116

In 2021, 14 students received their master’s degree in history from Princeton. This makes it the #48 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 8 students who received their doctoral degrees in history, making the school the #27 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

History Student Demographics at Princeton

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the history majors at Princeton University.

Princeton History Bachelor’s Program

48% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 54 history students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2020-2021 from Princeton, about 52% were men and 48% were women. The typical history bachelor's degree program is made up of only 43% women. So female students are more repesented at Princeton since its program graduates 5% more women than average.


About 57% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at Princeton are white. This is below average for this degree on the nationwide level. Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 9% more racial-ethnic minorities in its history bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 7
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 31
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Princeton History Master’s Program

29% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 14 history majors earned their master's degree from Princeton. Of these graduates, 71% were men and 29% were women.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Princeton University with a master's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 2
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 5
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

Princeton also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 8 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within History

If you plan to be a history major, you may want to focus your studies on one of the following concentrations. The completion numbers here include all graduates who receive any type of degree in this field from Princeton University. Some of these focus areas may not be available for your degree level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
History 76

Careers That History Grads May Go Into

A degree in history can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NJ, the home state for Princeton University.

Occupation Jobs in NJ Average Salary in NJ
High School Teachers 29,140 $76,390
Managers 18,370 $138,820
History Professors 750 $91,270
Curators 120 $75,750
Historians 80 $76,320


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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