The HPA Preapplication Process

Starting in the fall prior to application, prospective applicants work with HPA through a preapplication process.

This process serves two purposes: 

  1. It helps you reflect on your experiences and craft your narrative prior to the application.
  2. It helps HPA advisers to write a unique, detailed committee letter of recommendation that will present you in a positive, personalized light to admissions committees.  

The preapplication process includes submitting a number of forms, essays, and other materials, and participating in a Preapplication Interview. The process is outlined in detail in the Applicant Information Session. All forms and instructions are available to applicants via a Canvas course.

  1. Attend an Applicant Information Session (or watch online) and complete a registration form for access to the Canvas course for applicants
  2. Submit the Applicant Self-Assessment / Intent to Apply form and Resume on Canvas
  3. Meet with an HPA adviser for an Intake appointment
  4. Participate in an HPA preapplication interview, which will include preparing and submitting preapplication materials:
    • autobiography
    • activities overview
    • activities list
    • short essay responses
    • photo

The deadline to complete preapplication materials is in May, and these materials are time-intensive. We begin preparing potential applicants for our process in the fall semester.

    HPA Applicant Guide: 2024 Matriculation

    Princeton netID required. Alums can request access.

    Sample HPA Forms

    A copy of the forms that applicants will complete prior to the preapplication interview.