How to Update Princeton After Submitting Your Application

By Eric Eng

By Eric Eng

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Applying to Princeton is a big deal. After you submit, though, you might want to add new achievements, materials, or fix errors. Here’s a simple guide on how to update Princeton after submitting your application.

Why Updating Princeton After Submitting Your Application Matters

You might need to add more information or updates for several reasons:

  • If you’ve won awards or hit new milestones, let Princeton know. These updates can make your application stronger.
  • If your family’s financial situation changes, update your financial aid info. This helps Princeton give you the right aid package.
  • You can send in extra materials, like an Arts Supplement, to show your talents in music, theater, or art. This adds more depth to your application.
  • Found an error in your application? Correct it quickly to ensure the admissions team sees the right information.
  • If you get new recommendation letters from teachers or mentors, add them. These letters can give more insight into your abilities and character.
  • Started new extracurricular activities or taken on new leadership roles? Update your application to show your continued involvement.
  • If your contact info or address changes, update it. This is so Princeton can reach you with important news.

By keeping your application up-to-date, you give Princeton the best picture of your qualifications and achievements. This can be key in their decision-making process.

Where to Update Princeton After Submitting Your Application

After submitting your application, you’ll get an email with steps to set up your Princeton Applicant Portal. This portal helps you track your application status, check if all materials are received, and make updates. You should get this email within 48 hours of submission.

Log in to your Applicant Portal to verify that all required materials have been received. If anything is missing, the portal will notify you. Starting in mid-October, you can track the completeness of your application.

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For updates that cannot be uploaded through the portal, you can:

  • Email. Send updates to [email protected].
  • Fax. Use Princeton’s secure fax number at 609-258-0336.
  • Postal mail. Send hard copies of documents via postal mail.

Let’s discuss these methods in detail in the following sections.

How to Submit Application Updates Through the Princeton Applicant Portal

The Princeton Applicant Portal is your main tool for updating your application efficiently and accurately. Focus on updates that add significant value to your application. Here are the types of updates you should consider:

Update Examples
Awards and Honors Winning a national science fair, receiving a prestigious scholarship, or achieving a notable athletic accomplishment.
Extracurricular Activities New internships, volunteer work, or significant projects that enhance your application.
Other Significant Achievements Publishing a research paper, launching a successful community initiative, or completing a major personal project.

What not to update: Avoid cluttering your application with minor awards or certificates, such as participation awards or small local recognitions. You generally do not need to update your application with every new grade or test score, especially if the change is minor. Focus on achievements that align with your academic and extracurricular profile.

Step-by-step process

To update your application through the Applicant Portal, follow these steps:

1. Log in. Use the credentials provided after submitting your initial application to access your Princeton Applicant Portal.

2. Navigate to the upload section. Find the document upload section. The portal is user-friendly, so this should be straightforward.

3. Follow instructions. Follow the portal’s guidelines for uploading documents. Clearly label your files, such as “Updated_Resume.pdf” or “National_Science_Award.pdf,” to help the admissions team identify them easily.

4. Verify uploads. Double-check that your documents are correctly listed in your portal. This ensures your updates are received and in the correct format.

Using the Princeton Applicant Portal strategically can keep your application updated with meaningful information. This increases your chances of a favorable review. Always provide updates that are relevant and add significant value to your application, showing your continuous growth and potential.

How to Submit Application Updates to Princeton Through Email

If you need to update your Princeton application and can’t use the portal, email the admissions office at [email protected]. Take note:

  • Clearly state your application ID and the nature of your update.
  • Be specific about what has changed or needs correction.
  • Ensure documents are properly labeled and formatted.

Example email

Subject: Application Update – [Your Full Name], Application ID: [Your Application ID]

Dear Princeton Admissions Team,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to update my application for admission to Princeton University (Application ID: [Your Application ID]).

Since submitting my application, I have received a significant award that I believe will enhance my application. Below are the details of the update:

  • Award: National Science Olympiad – Gold Medal
  • Date: April 15, 2024
  • Description: I received the gold medal in the National Science Olympiad for my project on renewable energy solutions, which was recognized for its innovation and practical applicability.

Attached to this email, you will find:

  • A scanned copy of the award certificate (labeled as “Award_Certificate.pdf”).
  • A brief description of the project and the award (labeled as “Project_Description.pdf”).

I kindly request that this new information be added to my application file. Please let me know if you need any further information or additional documents.

Thank you very much for your attention and consideration.


[Your Full Name]

[Your Contact Information]

By following this structure, you ensure your update is processed efficiently by the admissions office.

How to Submit Application Updates to Princeton Through Mail or Fax

If you need to send hard copies of documents to Princeton, use the secure fax number or postal mail. Always include your application ID on all documents to ensure they are matched with your application.

Fax Number: 609-258-0336

Mailing Address For Courier Service
Princeton University

Office of Admission

P.O. Box 430

Princeton, NJ 08542-0430

Princeton University

Office of Admission

Helm Building

330 Alexander Street, 3rd Floor

Princeton, NJ 08540

Example of mailing update

Include a cover letter with your documents. Here’s a sample:

[Your Full Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]
[Email Address]
[Phone Number]

Princeton University
Office of Admission
P.O. Box 430
Princeton, NJ 08542-0430

Dear Princeton Admissions Team,

I am writing to provide an update to my application for admission (Application ID: [Your Application ID]).

Enclosed are the following documents:

  • Updated resume highlighting my recent achievements
  • Certificate of Award from the National Science Olympiad

Please add these documents to my application file. If you need any further information or additional documents, feel free to contact me at [Your Email Address] or [Your Phone Number].

Thank you for your attention and assistance.


[Your Full Name]

By following these guidelines, you ensure that your updates are received and processed efficiently by the Princeton admissions office.

How to Submit Financial Aid Updates to Princeton

You can only update your financial aid info after submitting your application. Keeping your financial info current is as important as your application itself.

Princeton Financial Aid Application (PFAA)

To start the Princeton Financial Aid Application, you need to apply for admission and create a Princeton Applicant Portal account. You’ll get an email with setup instructions within 48 hours after submitting your admission application. Use the same login details for the Financial Aid Application.

1. Log in to the Applicant Portal. Use your provided credentials to log in.

2. Go to the Financial Aid section. Find this section in your Applicant Portal.

3. Complete the Princeton Financial Aid Application. The PFAA is free for U.S. and international applicants. Save and return to your application as needed before submitting. Print or save a copy before you submit, as you can’t view or update it later. Upload or send any new info by letter, fax, or email.

4. Upload financial documents. After submitting the PFAA, you can upload tax documents. Use the correct document type fields, and the “other” field for extra documents. Examples include:

  • Parents’ Signed Tax Return: Include Form 1040, all schedules, W-2s, schedule K-1s, and business returns if applicable. If your parents don’t file a U.S. tax return, submit a substitute document.
  • W-2 Statements: Include updated W-2 forms reflecting any changes in employment or income.

5. Verify submission. Make sure your documents are received and listed in your portal.

FAFSA updates

Keeping your FAFSA updated is important for accurate financial aid assessment.

1. Access the FAFSA portal. Go to the official FAFSA website and log in.

2. Update information. Change any details about income, family size, or other financial factors that could affect your aid eligibility.

3. Include Princeton’s school code. Use Princeton’s federal school code, 002627, on your FAFSA. This ensures Princeton gets your updates directly.

4. Submit the updates. After making changes, submit your updated FAFSA. You’ll get a confirmation once it’s processed.

Noncustodial parent information

If your parents are divorced, separated, or unmarried and living separately, and your custodial parent is not remarried, you must complete the noncustodial parent’s form for need-based aid at Princeton.

If you update your financial aid information promptly, Princeton will have the most accurate data to assess your financial need, which can significantly impact your aid package. Regularly check both the Princeton Applicant Portal and the FAFSA portal to confirm that your updates have been received and processed. This diligence ensures a smooth financial aid process.

How to Submit an Arts Supplement to Princeton

Princeton lets you add an arts supplement to your application. Submit one if you’ve dedicated a lot of time to an art form and want your work considered. Follow these steps:

a female painter painting on a canvas

1. Intention. On the Common or QuestBridge Application, indicate you plan to submit an Arts Supplement in Princeton’s member questions. Access the link to submit it in your Princeton Applicant Status Portal.

2. Portal submission. Submit your Arts Supplement through your Princeton Applicant Status Portal after submitting your main application.

3. Deadlines. Take note of the deadlines:

  • Single-Choice Early Action: Nov. 6 at 11:59 p.m. (local time).
  • Regular Decision: Jan. 8 at 11:59 p.m. (local time).
  • Transfer: March 8 at 11:59 p.m. (local time).

Types of arts supplements

Princeton accepts arts supplements in the following genres:

Genre Materials
Architecture Submit 3-10 samples, like blueprints, drawings, renderings, 3D models, photos, or videos.
Creative Writing Provide a portfolio totaling no more than five pages (poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, translations).
Dance Submit a video (up to five minutes) of solo performances or choreography. Include a personal statement about your interest in dance.
Music Submit audio or video files showing your abilities. Include a résumé of your music training and accomplishments.
Theater/Music Theater Submit videos, writing samples, or portfolio images of your theater work. Include a personal statement on why theater matters to you.
Visual Arts Submit 10-20 images of recent work in any medium, preparatory works, or videos (up to 10 minutes). Include a document with titles, running times, descriptions, and your role.

Submission reminders

Add a résumé if it helps explain your training and experiences. Ensure your media files are in acceptable formats (.mp4, .mp3, .pdf, .jpg). Label all files clearly and provide context.

Only one submission per program. Your completed arts supplement will show on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal within 24 hours.

Princeton can’t evaluate areas outside the faculty’s expertise. Align your submissions with the offered categories. Also, if you excel in an area not covered, you can submit additional materials through your application or Applicant Portal. However, the Admission Office may not review all extra materials.

For more detailed guidelines or questions, contact Princeton’s admissions office at [email protected] or refer to the arts faculty evaluating your supplement.


Keeping your Princeton application updated ensures it reflects your most current achievements and information. By regularly checking your Applicant Portal and promptly submitting updates, you present the best possible version of yourself, increasing your chances of admission to Princeton.


Does Princeton accept updates after I submitted my application?

Yes, Princeton accepts updates after submission. You can log in to your Princeton Applicant Portal to submit updates like new achievements, corrected errors, or additional materials. Ensure these updates add significant value and align with Princeton’s requirements.

What can I update after submitting my Princeton application?

You can update various components, including:

  • New achievements like awards or honors.
  • Corrections to any errors in your initial submission.
  • Updated résumés or new documents that enhance your profile.
  • Optional Arts Supplements in fields such as architecture, creative writing, dance, music, music theater, theater, or visual arts.

Can I submit supplementary materials after submitting my Princeton application?

Yes, you can submit supplementary materials, like an optional Arts Supplement, through the Princeton Applicant Portal. This includes work in fields like architecture, creative writing, dance, music, music theater, theater, or visual arts.

How does Princeton notify applicants?

Princeton notifies applicants through the Applicant Portal. You can track your application status, verify receipt of materials, and receive notifications there.

How can I contact Princeton about my application?

Contact Princeton by emailing [email protected] or calling the admissions office at 609-258-3060. However, Princeton recommends checking the admissions website for information first before reaching out.


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