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Yale Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Yale, the regular decision application deadline is January 2 and the fee for the application costs $80. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Applying Early to Yale?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Yale will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Yale?

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

In 2021, Yale **accepted 7% of students, around 2,299 of the 34,860 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.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. For applicants who are not residents of Connecticut, getting into Yale University is extremely difficult. Yale has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Yale Look For in an Applicant?

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

Admissions Factors at Yale

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Yale 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Yale?

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Yale 94% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Yale University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 34%

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

In 2021, 70% of Yale's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 46% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Yale?

To be competitive with other Yale applicants, you should strive to earn between 1470 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Yale 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 students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Yale students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

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What's a Good ACT Score for Yale?

To be most competitive at Yale, 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'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 students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Yale University

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

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 during the following terms: Fall Term

Yale Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Yale?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Yale.

Does Yale accept transfer credits?

Yale accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

Yale accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Yale?

Yale. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Yale Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

7%

How hard is it to get into Yale? Yale is a selective institution. The Yale acceptance rate is 7%. This means that the institution accepts 6 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

33 to 35

Avg

33 and Less

Low

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Yale SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1470 - 1560

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Math SAT Range

740 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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Yale GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,060

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

7%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$59,950

Out-of-State

$59,950

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 2
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