Home (PUPP)2019-05-29T20:43:46+00:00


The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a rigorous academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students.

Our multiyear, tuition-free program prepares scholars for admission to and success within America’s finest colleges and universities. Through our work, we develop and nurture candidates, and are committed to providing an environment and program that will enhance talents, establish principles, forge partnerships, and help students to be successful in their highest attainable and most compatible choices for post-secondary education and beyond.



“PUPP has influenced every part of my life. More than ten years later, I still rely on PUPP to stir the belief in my heart that I can not only envision a life for myself that is self-directed and virtuous, but also, craft it for myself.”

Jennifer DeSantis
Ewing High School ’04,
Vassar College ’08,
Stanford University MEd ’13

“The impact of PUPP on my life has been immeasurable. PUPP has served as a vehicle transporting me from Trenton, NJ to Occidental College and now, Harvard and Stanford University.”

Michael Clegg
Trenton Central High School ’08,
Occidental College ’12,
Stanford Law School ’18

“If it weren’t for the relationships I made in the program, I would have never known about a place like Bryn Mawr or discovered my passion in education. PUPP provided me with the tools and support I needed to get to where I am today.”

Leslie Castrejon
Princeton High School ’11,
Bryn Mawr College ’15

“PUPP has transformed me from a student into a well-rounded scholar. It has given me the opportunity to go beyond my own potential. PUPP has given me a new sense of life and future.”

Arthur Tartee Jr.
Trenton High School West ’13,
University of Richmond ’17

“PUPP provided me with an excellent opportunity to make lasting friendships and allowed me to push myself. We’re all low income, high achieving students but they showed us what is most important is our will to pursue a higher education. I’m blessed to have been given this opportunity which influences my current efforts of becoming a college graduate.”

Vanessa Conde
Lawrence High School ’15,
Stockton University ’19

“I am so grateful for the resources and help PUPP has provided me for the past three years. If I could repeat the process again, I would. I wish every motivated, low-income high-achieving student had the opportunity to be in a program like PUPP.”

Betsy Vasquez
Nottingham High School ’16,
Princeton University ’20



PUPP Scholars display positive conduct and operate with academic integrity at all time. They work diligently and at an exemplary level, participate fully in each class throughout their high school careers.

in thinking critically and creatively about course content.


in the areas of writing, literature, science, mathematics and cultural arts.


that is informed by readings, discussions and life experience.


and strong communication skills along with a respect for diversity.

 The Princeton University Preparatory Program Class of 2019

“Through PUPP’s inspiring classes and mentorship, Princeton University helps high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds gain greater access to a college education—and to a brighter future.”

Christopher L. Eisgruber
President, Princeton University

According to a comprehensive evaluation of PUPP completed by ETS in 2016, PUPP alumni report that the program helped them reach their college-going goals by improving their self-confidence, quality of life and outlook. Furthermore, alumni have said that PUPP helped prepare them academically while also improving their writing, critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills.


the year PUPP was founded


the percentage of alumni who have persisted in college, either completing a degree in 4-6 years or holding good-standing in their college or university


the amount secured in Financial Aid by the Class of 2019 over 4 years
PUPP Director casually speaking with a scholar during science class

Director’s Note – Winter 2017

Greetings from Princeton! I am happy to share my annual winter update on the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP).   2017 was a pivotal year for PUPP, with significant changes to our organizational structure and location on campus. We continue to provide extraordinary opportunities and support for our scholars, alumni [...]