Major Choices

There is no “premed” major. Students from all majors at Princeton have gone on to pursue medicine. Health professions schools seek well-rounded students who demonstrate strong ability in the sciences, but also demonstrate a broader interest in the human condition. About one-third of our applicants to medical school are non-science majors.

Questions to consider:

  • What do I like to study?
  • Beyond knowledge gained, how will my major help me learn to think, analyze, and communicate in new ways, and how will that apply to medicine or other careers?
  • What kinds of questions do I want to answer in my independent work?
  • What are the faculty and students in the department like?
  • Will I have time to pursue this concentration alongside my other interests?

Most Popular Concentrations for Princeton Applicants Accepted to Medical School, 2018-2022

  1. Molecular Biology
  2. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Psychology
  5. Neuroscience
  6. Public & International Affairs
  7. Chemical & Biological Engineering
  8. History
  9. Anthropology
  10. Computer Science

HPA Majors & Medicine Guide

This slideshow includes an overview of how premed requirements interact with different Princeton majors.

HPA Resources

HPA Preparing Guide

Download the guide for an overview of academic and experiential considerations for prehealth students.

HPA Jock Docs

Our HPA Peer Advisers & Jock Docs are available to talk about their academic choices.

Recommended Campus Resources

Choosing a Major

Recommendations from the Office of the Dean of the College.

Departmental Websites

Explore Princeton departments.

Independent Work Guides

Understand departmental expectations for junior independent work and senior theses.