Application Deadlines

The deadlines to submit the Common Application for Freshman Admission are:

Single-Choice Early Action: November 1

Regular Decision: January 1

You must submit your Common Application, along with the application fee or fee waiver request, no later than these dates.

Deadlines for Additional Required Documents and Required Testing

Recommendations from Teachers and Counselors

We encourage teachers and counselors to submit the required forms to us by the postmark deadlines above whenever possible. We understand that it may not be possible in some cases for teachers and counselors to meet these deadlines, and we will make reasonable allowances. This will not negatively impact your chance of admission.

Submitting Required Testing

Your test scores do not have to arrive by the above deadlines to be considered for evaluation and you may take tests after Common Application deadline. We will begin our evaluation process with self-reported or official scores from earlier test dates, but please report any official test results to us as soon as possible.

Provided that your official scores reach us by the first week of December for Early Action or by early March for Regular Decision, they will arrive in time for consideration. However, please be advised of the last possible test dates for freshman admission in the table below.

The last possible test dates for Freshman Admission are:

Single-Choice Early Action

Regular Decision

for SAT



for ACT*




November 5


*Please note: we cannot guarantee that February ACT results will arrive in time for consideration. To increase the likelihood of a timely report, take the test in December or earlier, and list Yale as a score recipient when you register for the test.

Scores must be reported officially to Yale directly from the appropriate test agency. If you are using the last possible test date for an exam, we recommend asking either on or in advance of the test date that the testing agency send your results to us so that we receive them as soon as they are available.

Plan ahead! You do not need to wait to take the tests on the very last eligible date. Whenever you plan to take the tests, register well in advance to secure a spot at your preferred testing location. You should list Yale as a score recipient so that we receive your scores as soon as they become available. Yale’s CEEB code for the SAT is 3987; the ACT code is 0618.

Recommended submission dates for applications for Financial Aid:

Single-Choice Early Action

Regular Decision

Financial Aid Application

November 1

March 1

There is no strict deadline to apply for aid, but we strongly recommend submitting these documents by November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action, or March 1 for Regular Decision. This will help ensure that, if admitted, you will receive a financial aid award letter at the same time as your offer of admission. View a list of all required financial aid forms.

Decision Notification

Admissions decisions for Single-Choice Early Action candidates will be available online in mid-December. Decisions for Regular Decision candidates will be posted online by April 1. Both Early Action and Regular Decision applicants have until May 1 to accept an offer of admission.