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Colleges / Yale University

Yale University

New Haven, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate5%

Yale Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into Yale University. In 2022, Yale University accepted just 5% of all applicants. Out of 50,060 applications received in 2023, 2,289 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Yale University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/2 and the fee for the application costs $80.

Students who apply to Yale University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Yale University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Yale University's admissions stats.

Yale University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 97%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 59%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 29%
Waitlist Yes

Yale University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Yale University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 2 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Yale University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Yale University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Yale University Admissions

How To Get Into Yale University

Yale is an extremely difficult school to get into. Yale evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Yale accepted 5% of students, approximately 2,289 of the 50,060 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Yale, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Yale University is extremely difficult.

Transferring to Yale University

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Yale University

In 2022, Yale University waitlisted 1,000 students and 780 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 9 eventually got in.

What Does Yale University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Yale University

Wondering what factors are considered by Yale University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Yale University for more information on admission factors.

Yale University Application Requirements

To apply to Yale University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Yale University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Statement of good standing from prior
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Yale University?

Yale University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 28% submitted a class rank. At Yale University 97% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Yale University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Yale University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Yale University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 59% of Yale University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 29% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Yale University?

To be competitive with other Yale University applicants, you should aim to score between 1470 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Yale University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1470, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Yale University students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 740 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Yale University students scored 780 or higher, and 75% scored a 740 or higher.

To be most competitive at Yale University, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Yale University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Yale University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

More Information on Transferring to Yale University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Yale University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Yale University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Yale University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Yale University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Yale University.

Does Yale University accept transfer credits?

✅ Yale University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Yale University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Yale University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Yale University?

❌ No, Yale University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Yale University's acceptance rate?

✅ Yale University's acceptance rate is 5%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Yale University?

❌ Yale University does not offer early decision.

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Yale Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Yale? Yale is a selective institution. The Yale acceptance rate is 5%. This means that the institution accepts 4 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Yale SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1470 - 1560


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

740 - 780

Yale GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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