Princeton University Supplier Diversity (Info For Suppliers)

LAST UPDATED: October 23, 2017

Princeton University’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Princeton University is committed to making supplier diversity an integral part of the way it does business, consistent with its commitment to a diverse and inclusive university community that advances its teaching and research mission. Our commitment is driven by the belief that engaging a diverse supply base is mutually beneficial; fostering competition, opportunity, and generating considerable value by broadening the pool of supplier expertise, perspectives, and capabilities.  

The University’s procurement practices aim to provide competitive access to sourcing opportunities and to promote diverse supplier participation. Princeton also seeks suppliers that share our commitment by embracing diversity within their own organizations and supply base in the delivery of goods and services to the University.

Becoming a University Partner

The Procurement Services department seeks to expand access to University contracts and purchasing opportunities by ensuring that suppliers with a desire to do business with Princeton are afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities through a competitive bid process. To increase your chances for success, consider the following:

  1. Get certified - consistent with most organizations committed to advancing opportunities for diverse firms, the University's efforts are concentrated on those firms that have been independently certified. More information can be found below.
  2. Get to know us -  the Princeton University website provides a wealth of information about the University’s academic activities and administrative operations and insight into a variety of supply opportunities.
  3. Register with us - our primary method for identifying suppliers to provide the various goods and services the University purchases is through our supplier portal. Coming soon, the University will publicly post all available bid solicitations for review by interested suppliers.
  4. Educate us - when developing a proposal to work with the University, make sure to highlight the capabilities that differentiate your firm from your competitors and how those capabilities help the University.


Independent certification of diversity status is core to our partnership with diverse suppliers. Certification provides a number of benefits to diverse firms and we strongly encourage those interested in doing business with the University to pursue and maintain certification with one or more certifying agencies.

Certification can be obtained through a number of entities including local municipalities and transportation authorities, state agencies and independent advocacy organizations. The list below reflects the most common certifications accepted by Princeton University:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs (VetBiz)
  • State of New Jersey (State Contracting)

2nd Tier Opportunities

In instances where goods or services are subcontracted, or provided by a contracted reseller/distributor, the University actively encourages and pursues opportunities for diverse firms on a 2nd tier basis. These opportunities most commonly exist where goods/services are provided through a distributor or reseller or are sub-contracted including:

  • Scientific supplies and equipment
  • Office supplies
  • IT hardware and peripherals
  • Construction

If your firm manufactures a product that you would like to inquire about selling through one of our prime firms or would like to learn about potential subcontracting opportunities, contact us at for more information.


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