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About Yale

Yale University is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale was founded in 1701 and now enrolls around 12,060 students a year, including 4,703 undergrads.

Yale offers housing for up to 0 students.

Yale's endowment was valued at $31.108 billion in 2021. The institution spends around $59,736 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 4 undergraduates enrolled at Yale.

2021 Yale Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Tuition $59,950

2022 Yale Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to Yale for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Yale Early Admission

Yale University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Yale is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Yale University

It is extremely difficult to get into Yale. Yale admitted 7% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 34,860 applications received in 2021, 2,299 students were offered admission.

Yale Waitlist 2021

Yale reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Yale University?

Yale is considered extremely difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Yale, applicants must submit the following items.

Yale Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Statement of good standing from prior
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Yale

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Yale.

Is Yale Test Optional?

Yale does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 70% submitted the SAT. 46% submitted the ACT.

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Does Yale Offer On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Yale provides on-campus housing for students.

Spring Fling Concert, Fall Show, and and Yale Symphony Orchestra Halloween Show are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Yale.

Financial Aid at Yale

Yale meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $61,407 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Yale a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Yale

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Yale, around 65% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,360 students who started at Yale as first-time freshman, 1,140 graduate within four years.

Yale's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 96%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Yale Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $14,884 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Yale sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Yale a good school for you?

Interested in Applying to Yale University?

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Where is Yale University Located?

Yale is located in the urban setting of New Haven, Connecticut, less than an hour from New Haven if officially part of the New YorkCity m.

If you want to see Yale for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Inerstate 95 to New Haven, or book a flight to the nearest airport, HVN (Tweed New Haven).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Yale and New Haven are like without leaving home.

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College Info

38 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT 06520

Campus Setting: Urban

Yale Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Yale is Jan 2.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Yale is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Yale ACT Scores


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1470 - 1560


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


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720 - 770

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Wondering what life at Yale is like? There are approximately 12,060 students enrolled at Yale, including 4,703 undergraduate students and 7,357 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 8% percent are from CT and 92% percent of students are from other states.


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