Yale University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Yale University

Yale University is an Ivy League research institution situated in New Haven, Connecticut. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by an impressive 6 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.  Modeled after Cambridge and Oxford, Yale has a system of 14 residential colleges for undergraduates.


  • Total Enrollment: 13,433 (5,964 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent male/50 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $55,500
  • Books: $1,050
  • Room and Board: $16,600
  • Other Expenses: $3,495
  • Total Cost: $76,645

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 60 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    •  Grants: 51 percent
    • Loans: 8 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $51,191
    • Loans: $5,775

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; History; Mathematics and Statistics; and Engineering

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 99 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 97 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Crew-Rowing, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Crew-Rowing, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • The Yale Bulldogs play at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the prestigious Ivy League.

Overview of Yale University Admissions

Yale University has a highly competitive admissions pools, but Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, Yale had an acceptance rate of 6%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 6 students gained admission, making Yale’s admissions procedure highly competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 63% of admitted students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Yale’s admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the SAT. The 50% of admitted students scored between 720 and 770 on the evidence-based reading and writing part, while 25% scored under 720, and 25% scored over 770. 25% of students scored a perfect 800 on the math part. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1570 or higher will have a competitive advantage at Yale.

ACT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 51% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Yale’s admitted students fall within the top 2% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of admitted students to Yale received a cumulative ACT score between 33 and 35, while 25% scored over 35, and 25% scored under 33.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Yale University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Yale University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Michigan, Boston University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Yale University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, Northeastern University, New York University, Emory University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Yale University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University

Applying to Yale University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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