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Overview & Information


Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena.

Princeton Seminary’s Reformed tradition shapes the instruction, research, practical training, and continuing education, as well as the theological scholarship it promises. The Seminary embraces in its life and work a rich racial and ethnic diversity and the breadth of communions represented in the worldwide church. It offers its theological scholarship in service to God’s renewal of the church’s life and mission, and it seeks to engage Christian faith with intellectual, political, and economic life in pursuit of truth, justice, compassion, and peace.

Men and women from across the nation and around the world come to Princeton Theological Seminary every year to pursue ministry as a vocation. Students come from West Virginia and West Africa, Korea and New York, Ireland and Texas; they are black, white, Native American, Asian, Hispanic, young, middle-aged, and older adults representing more than sixty denominations—each committed in ministry to Jesus Christ and the church.

Who Comes to Princeton?

• The Seminary currently enrolls 364 students.
• 61 Christian traditions are represented in our student body.
• Students come from nearly every state and 14 countries.
• Women make up 46 percent of the student body.
• Princeton Seminary provides an environment of ethnic and cultural diversity.

What Programs Does Princeton Offer?

Who Teaches at Princeton?

• 37 full-time faculty members teach at Princeton Seminary.
• Most professors are ordained ministers in their denominations.
• The student to faculty ratio is 8:1.

Meet the Faculty

What Facilities Does Princeton Have?

  • Princeton Seminary has a beautiful, historic campus in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, near Princeton University, and one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia.
  • The campus includes buildings that date from early nineteenth century; several have won historic renovation awards.
  • Due to our close relationship with Princeton University, opportunities abound for Seminary students to take classes at the University as well as use their various libraries. There are also summer language classes available with Princeton University’s Graduate College.
  • The Theodore Sedgwick Wright Library houses numerous archival treasures, such as the most complete set of Dead Sea Scroll photographs in the world, the second-largest collection of Puritan writings in the United States, and an extensive Latin American theological collection.
  • Princeton Seminary is committed to cultivating a residential community of learning. On-campus housing provided by the Seminary, includes nearly 250 apartments for married students, families, and older single students.
  • The Mackay Campus Center provides space for rest and recreation.

Princeton Theological Seminary’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. You may also request a paper copy from the PTS Security operations team by contacting us at, PTS Security Operations, 64 Mercer St, Princeton NJ 08542, by emailing [email protected] or calling 609 524 1960 to have one sent to you.

What Do Graduates Do With Their Lives?

• Most minister in local congregations.
• Others pursue teaching, counseling, mission work, chaplaincy, ministries of social justice, or administration.
• Currently more than 11,000 alumni serve Christ worldwide, about 9,000 in the United States and 1,000 overseas.

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Contact Us

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08542-0803
[email protected]

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”