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Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in learning more about Yale. We hope this website is a useful resource for you as you navigate the college application process.
On this page are answers to some of the questions that students frequently ask us. To view questions within a category, click on that category. To see the answer to a question, simply click the question. To view all of the questions, click “[expand all]" to the right.
If you have questions that are not answered here, or elsewhere on our website, please contact us.
The Common Application requires that your essay be within the stated word limits in order for you to submit your application. Your Common Application essay must be between 250-650 words, and your Yale Writing Supplement essay must be 500 words or less. If your essays do not adhere to these word limits, you will not be able to submit your application. You must submit your essays electronically through the Common Application. Remember, concise and simple writing is often the best writing, so adhering to the word limits and the space provided will work to your best interest.
If an applicant has this or that set of grades and accomplishments, will he or she be admitted to Yale?
The honest answer is there is no answer to that question. So many factors come into play through the selection process that outcomes for most candidates in the applicant pool are impossible to predict. What we can do is tell you what we will look for in your application. See “What Yale Looks For” for an overview.
The best essays are thoughtful and reflective, conveying a specific idea related to your personal or intellectual life. We understand that in a mere 500 words you cannot possibly tell us everything about yourself. Please don’t try! The essay is not meant to be a comprehensive autobiography. It’s an opportunity for you to share with us something meaningful about yourself and your experiences. Take some time to think about what you want us to know about you. Consider the essay’s brevity to be a challenge: it’s often more difficult to say what you mean with economy.
The essay question is open-ended, and some students say the hardest part is knowing where to start. We suggest that you focus on specifics — don’t waste words on generalities. Choose a topic that expresses who you are and allows you to share with us something important to you. Don’t feel the need to come up with a “gimmick” or an original topic. Gimmicks usually fail, and many successful candidates write about fairly common topics, such as music, sports, community service projects, and family relationships.
Take the time to carefully review your essays before submitting them. We expect that your grammar and spelling will be correct.
Additional information can be found in our Advice to Candidates section.
My extracurricular activities do not fit in the space provided by the Common Application. Can I send a resume or activities list to further detail my extracurriculars?
Although the Common Application limits the number of extracurriculars you may report to ten items, this is generally more than enough space for a majority of competitive applicants to communicate their most important and relevant extracurriculars. Please note that it is not necessary to report all of the activities you have ever participated in. You should only report your most recent activities, generally from grades 9-12, and you should focus on activities that you have spent the most time on, those that have meant the most to you personally, and those that are most relevant to your college plans and goals. Generally speaking, applicants should not submit additional resumes, except in the case of professional employment experience in the performing arts (e.g. in dance, music, film, theater).
Yale has a longstanding policy that a student may apply to the College no more than three times. This includes application to the freshman class and/or transfer admissions program.
I am not an artist or musician, and I have not engaged in any original research. Am I at a disadvantage for not submitting supplementary material? Should I submit something else?
There is no need to submit supplementary material. The vast majority of our students are admitted on the basis of required documents alone. For a very small number of exceptionally talented artists, musicians, and researchers, supplementary material may be useful to communicate information that cannot be conveyed adequately in the rest of the application. See the guidelines about Supplementary Materials for more information.
I have visited campus three times and attended an evening information session. Does that count in favor of my being admitted?
Not at all. Unlike some schools, we do not track your communications with us or your visits to Yale. It is not necessary to be in regular contact with the admissions office. Admissions officers are happy to answer your questions, but excessive emails or phone calls can be very distracting.
How can I let Yale know about special circumstances that may have affected my performance in high school?
Ask your guidance counselor to address any special circumstances in his or her letter. You may write about particular challenges in your personal statement, but it is always a good idea to have your counselor explain the situation.
I have dual citizenship. Am I better off applying as an American citizen or as an international student?
The same application is used for all candidates, and it asks you to list your country or countries of citizenship. We are interested in your citizenship chiefly for reporting purposes, but it has no bearing on your chances of admission.
Absolutely not. An applicant’s ability to pay for a Yale education is not considered during the admissions process. This policy is called “need-blind admission.” Yale is strongly committed to equality of opportunity, and need-blind admission ensures that the College will be open to students of personal and academic promise from all segments of society and all parts of the world. An application for financial aid has no effect on the admissions committee’s decision. This policy applies to all candidates, regardless of their citizenship.
No. Students may only begin a course of study at Yale in the fall semester.
If you feel the need to submit extra information, you may ask one additional recommender to write on your behalf. Please do not solicit this additional letter unless you feel it will add substantially to your application. The writer should know you well personally or have mentored you closely in some capacity. For example, if you have engaged in advanced scientific research, you should consider asking your research mentor to write a letter of recommendation for you. Please ask that person to include the following at the top of their letter: your full, legal name as it appears in your application, the name and location of your high school, and your date of birth. The letter should be labeled "Supplementary" to avoid confusion. See the guidelines about Supplementary Materials.
Your recommenders must be able to write about your recent work in rigorous academic subjects. We strongly encourage you to submit recommendations from 11th and 12th grade teachers. Yale has an extremely competitive applicant pool, so it’s probably unwise to submit a recommendation from a favorite 9th grade teacher or from a coach or chorus director unless he or she has also taught you recently in an academic course.
Yale doesn’t require that these recommendations come from teachers of particular subjects. It’s a good idea, however, to have the two letters come from teachers of two different subjects. Choose teachers who know you well and can give us a sense of your academic and personal strengths.
The Application Checklist page, which you should check frequently, will let you review the documents that we’ve received and determine which we still need. Admissions officers won’t be able to review your application fully unless we have all the required documents, so it’s absolutely crucial to send these items in by the deadline.
Very! Email is the main way we communicate with you throughout the admissions season. This includes, among other things, the initial acknowledgment that we received your application, information about our Application Checklist page, whether you need to supply us with missing documents to complete your application, and online admissions decisions. Please be sure that the email address you supply is functional and check it often.
I have taken the AMC, AIME, or participated in academic Olympiads. Does Yale want to know my scores? Where should I report this information?
If you have taken part in external examinations such as the AMC, AIME, or academic Olympiads, please self-report your scores either in the Activities section of your Common Application or in the Additional Information section (found within the Writing section of the Common Application).
No. Admissions officers will make no distinction between applications submitted before November 1st and those submitted after November 1st and before the November 4th deadline. However, you may find it easier to submit your Common Application, or to receive technical support from the Common Application in the event of a submission error, if you don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application.
Yes. If you are planning to submit supplementary materials through SlideRoom, the program used by the Common Application for the submission of supplementary material, you may upload your files until midnight, November 4th.
Does the new November 4th deadline mean that I need to have my application submitted by midnight November 3rd?
No. Students will be able to submit an application for Single-Choice Early Action through the Common Application until midnight of Monday November 4th. Because technical issues can always occur, we do not recommend waiting until the last minute to submit your application.
My teachers and counselor are having trouble submitting recommendations online. What should they do?
If your teachers and counselor are unable to submit their documents online, they may email documents to our office at email@example.com or send them by post to PO Box 208234, New Haven, CT 06520. To avoid the duplication of documents, school officials should send them only once.
You will know that you have successfully submitted your Common Application and Yale Writing Supplement when you see a green check mark next to both of those items in the ‘Dashboard’ of your Common Application account. Approximately a week after you submit your application and writing supplement you should receive an email from Yale with instructions for setting up an Eli Account. Once you have activated your Eli Account, you may use it to log into the Application Checklist website. Note that the Application Checklist website will be available starting Monday, October 28th. If you have not received your Eli Account information within three weeks of submitting your application, please check your 'junk mail' folder in case our email has been filtered by mistake. To prevent any future Yale admissions emails from going to junk mail, you should add 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to your address book or contact list.
The admissions application is due on April 1, and you should submit your financial aid application by May 1.
Please visit our Eli Whitney Students Program Application Instructions & Forms page for application instructions and to download the application forms.
Applicants who gain admission to the Eli Whitney Students Program will receive notice in mid- to late- June. Candidates who are not admitted will receive notice sometime between late May and late June. We will send notifications via email.
If you have followed a traditional educational path, wish to study on a full-time basis, and have not had your college experience delayed or interrupted by more than five years, then you should apply as a transfer student. Please visit our Transfer Program for more information about the transfer program, including transfer eligibility. If your college experience was delayed or interrupted at any point for five or more years, then you may apply to the Eli Whitney Students Program. Keep in mind that transfer students must attend full time, but Eli Whitney students have the flexibility to attend on a part- or full-time basis. Undergraduate on-campus housing is usually available to transfer students, but not to Eli Whitney students. Unlike all other undergraduates, including transfer students, tuition costs for Eli Whitney students vary depending on the number of credits taken in any given semester. The maximum amount of Yale Scholarship per semester for Eli Whitney students is capped at the cost of tuition.
You may still apply to the EWSP, but keep in mind that it is very unusual for Yale to admit students who do not present strong recent academic performance. If you have not taken college classes recently, it is strongly encouraged that you take rigorous liberal arts and sciences courses before submitting an application. You should consider taking courses in English, math, history, physical or natural sciences, and foreign languages.
You should pursue coursework at a full accredited post-secondary institution, such as a public or private college/university that grants bachelor’s degrees or a community college that grants associate’s degrees. Many Eli Whitney students have taken courses at community colleges at some point during their educational careers.
You should take rigorous liberal arts and science courses: Math, History, Physical or Natural Sciences, foreign languages, as well as classes that focus primarily on writing. Please note that only courses similar to those offered at Yale College would be granted transferable credit. Courses such as, but not limited to, business, communications, accounting usually would not transfer to Yale and we do not encourage you to take these courses specifically for the purpose of gaining admission to the Eli Whitney Students Program.
For the most part, no. Yale rarely allows Eli Whitney students to postpone matriculation, but we will consider a request if there are exceptional circumstances.
Your high school transcript may include standardized test results. You might also ask the College Board (for SAT tests) or ACT, Inc. (for ACT tests) to send the results. For more information regarding SATs, please visit the College Board website or call 866-756-7346. If you are calling from outside the United States, call the College Board at 212.713.7789. You can visit the ACT website, and you may reach ACT by telephone at 319.337.1000.
You may be eligible to transfer some or all of your prior college credits, up to a maximum of eighteen course credits. Please note that most courses in Yale College are term courses that carry one course credit. If the college courses you successfully completed at your prior institution are similar to those available to Yale undergraduates, those course credits will likely be transferable. You must have taken the coursework at a fully accredited post-secondary institution, such as a public or private college/university that grants bachelor’s degrees or a community college that grants associate’s degrees. You must achieve a grade of A or B in at least three-quarters of your non-Yale courses, and no lower than a C grade in the remainder. Credit is not granted for online courses; Advanced Placement (AP) results; International Baccalaureate (IB) results; College Level Placement Exams (CLEP); or college credits earned while you were in high school.
Most term courses at Yale - but not all - are worth one course credit. Generally speaking, a Yale course credit is the same as three or four credit hours or four and one-half quarter hours.
Yes. Students at Yale must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and to express themselves easily in both spoken and written English. For information on how Yale assesses an international student applicant’s English language skills, see our page for International Students.
International students generally must have F-1 student status to enter the Eli Whitney Students Program, and must register as full-time students during their entire tenure at Yale. To count as a full-time student you must take a minimum of three courses each semester. You will not be able to enroll with only tourist status (B1/B2 or visa waiver status).
All international students who gain admission to Yale must consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). You can reach OISS by telephone at 203-432-2305 or by email at email@example.com. OISS issues the I-20 form that international students need to obtain an F-1 visa.
Yes. The Eli Whitney Students Program receives applications from a far greater number of students than it can accommodate. It is prudent to apply to more than one program. Fortunately, there are many colleges that have programs designed especially for non-traditional students. Some of the non-traditional student programs within a two hour drive of New Haven are:
Eli Whitney students who entered Yale in or after the fall 2007 semester may choose to take up to nine course credits each year, and must take at least three course credits each year to remain in good standing. International students who hold F-1 student status for this program must register as full-time students at all times. To do so, international students must take at least three courses per semester.
No. If you already have an undergraduate degree, Yale will not admit you for a second bachelor’s degree, even if you wish to pursue a different major. If you hold an associate's degree, you can be considered for either the Eli Whitney or Transfer Student programs.
Yes. But Eli Whitney students must make a separate application to the Yale Summer Session. Please visit the Yale Summer Session website.
Eli Whitney students are not eligible for on-campus undergraduate housing, but incoming Eli Whitney students may apply for graduate dormitory housing. Graduate dormitories are for single students only, not for families. Many Eli Whitney students live in rental apartments in New Haven.
Check the Yale College academic calendar, as is applicable to students in the Eli Whitney program.
Yes, provided the student otherwise qualifies for the course. Some courses have limited enrollment or require the instructor’s permission, but in these cases you will be treated the same as any other Yale undergraduate.
No, unless the graduate or professional school course is cross-registered in the Yale College Programs of Study. If you wish to take graduate courses on a part-time schedule and with non-degree status, please contact the Division of Special Registration at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, located at 320 York Street, New Haven, CT. You can reach them by telephone at 203-432-2771.
Yes, but you must submit a new application for admission in a subsequent year. A new application fee is also required. Please note that applications will not be considered from individuals who have submitted applications to Yale College more than three times.
The normal procedure is to apply through the Yale College Dean's Office for re-admission. This path requires you to attend as a full-time student, and allows you to live in campus housing. If you have been out of Yale for over five years and still need at least eighteen course credits to graduate, you may instead apply as an Eli Whitney student. Coming back to Yale as an Eli Whitney student gives you the option of finishing your degree on either a part- or full-time basis. On the other hand, as an Eli Whitney student you will not be able to live in campus housing. Please note that Eli Whitney students must take a minimum of eighteen term course credits at Yale to qualify for a degree.
The total Cost of Attendance for attending Yale in 2012-2013 is $58,600, which includes tuition ($42,300), room ($7,150), board ($5,850), and books and personal expenses ($3,300). Total cost of attendance (not only tuition) is used to calculate a student's need-based financial aid award. Yale meets 100% of demonstrated need. In recent years, the average Yale Scholarship (a need-based grant) has been $35,500 for students on financial aid and roughly 57% of Yale students receive need-based financial aid. Read more about Yale's generous financial aid policies and use the Net Price Calculator to see how much need-based financial aid your family may qualify for. Please note, Yale does not require students to take out loans for their education.
Yale awards all undergraduate ﬁnancial aid solely on the basis of ﬁnancial need. Financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance (which includes tuition, room and board, travel expenses, books and personal expenses) at Yale and your expected family contribution. We determine your expected family contribution from the ﬁnancial aid applications and information that you submit.
Yale meets 100% of a student’s demonstrated ﬁnancial need based on the calculated expected family contribution and estimated cost of attendance (which includes tuition, room and board, books and personal expenses). The ﬁrst portion of a student’s award is student employment awarded as either term-time job or federal work study depending upon eligibility. We consider a student’s eligibility for other ﬁnancial aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), state grants, gift aid from parents’ employers, etc. The University will then fund any remaining ﬁnancial need with Yale Scholarship, area Yale Club awards, endowed scholarships, and other gift aid from Yale’s alumni and friends.
We carefully analyze each family’s ﬁnancial information and calculate the family contribution based on federal and institutional methodologies. The formula that we use measures a family’s ability to contribute toward college costs and considers factors such as:
- Parents’ income
- Parents’ assets (cash, savings, home equity, other real estate and investments)
- Family size
- Number of children attending college
- Student’s income
- Student’s assets (cash, savings, trusts, and other investments)
On a case-by-case basis, we also evaluate a number of other circumstances, such as exceptional medical expenses.
Yes. You must ﬁle a new ﬁnancial aid application each year and financial aid awards will adjust to increases or decreases in a family's demonstrated need.
We reevaluate your ﬁnancial need each year with current income and asset information by carefully reviewing all of the updated application materials and recalculating the family contribution. Any changes in your family’s ﬁnancial situation may alter the parent contribution.
Yale’s ﬁnancial aid policy begins with the premise that parents, even if they are divorced or separated, have the primary responsibility to contribute towards their children’s college education costs. Thus, in order to calculate an expected family contribution and determine a student’s ﬁnancial aid eligibility, we require ﬁnancial information from both natural parents. Your ﬁnancial aid award lists an expected parent contribution that we determined from your parents’ information. Since we could treat the exchange of money between your parents in a variety of ways, we list only a total expectation from your parents. Your family will work together to determine how you will meet the family contribution and we suggest you keep both parents informed about your ﬁnancial matters throughout the year.
If you have questions about financial aid, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on Yale’s Student Financial and Administrative Services website. There you will find FAQs for prospective Yale College students, students interested in the Eli Whitney and Non-Degree programs, and more. If you have any additional questions, please contact the financial aid office at www.yale.edu/sfs/contactus.
Does Yale award credit based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other external examination results?
In many cases, yes. Yale awards “acceleration credit” to students who wish to graduate in fewer than eight terms or challenge themselves with advanced courses if they earn scores of:
- 4 or 5 on most AP exams;
- 6 or 7 on the higher-level IB exams; or
- A or B results at A-level.
Most Yale students who are eligible for acceleration credit choose to enroll for a full eight terms and select higher-level courses based upon their AP or IB exam results. More...
In a word, very. Yale is one of the world’s foremost research universities. Its faculty of outstanding scholars in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering includes more than 60 members of the National Academy of Sciences. About one-third of Yale’s entering class each year plans to major in the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or engineering. And please keep in mind that Yale – unlike most major research universities – has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and undergraduate participation in research and design. More...
Yes. If you are admitted to the freshman class and successfully complete your secondary school work, you may postpone matriculation at Yale for one year.
Absolutely. Many students earn a full year or term of Yale College credit by participating in the year or term abroad. Yale sponsors the Yale-in-London program for interdisciplinary studies in British art, history, and literature to which students of any major may apply. Yale has exchange programs at the University of Tübingen and the Free University of Berlin, among others. Yale is also a member of the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies consortium. Yale students are also welcome to enroll in a program sponsored by another American university and may enroll directly in a foreign university. More...
Yale students have an outstanding record of admission to top professional schools. There is no “pre-med program” per se; in fact, Yale has no pre-professional degree programs at all. If you want to go to a professional school such as medicine, business, or law after you graduate, you may choose any undergraduate major and tailor your curriculum with the help of a Yale advisor who knows what professional schools will require. More...
The vast majority of courses are taught by professors. Courses with a graduate student serving as the primary classroom instructor — chiefly foreign language instruction and freshman English courses — accounted for only seven percent of all enrollment last year.
Yes. In fact, many undergraduate majors at Yale require that you do research. Independent scientific research as well as engineering research and design projects are an integral part of undergraduate education at Yale. Undergraduates enjoy a remarkable range of research opportunities. Some are available through individual academic departments. Others are available through interdepartmental programs such as STARS and Perspectives on Science. More...
“Average” can be a very misleading term. Classes at Yale range from one-on-one tutorials to small seminars to lecture courses of several hundred students. Seventy-five percent of Yale College courses enroll fewer than twenty students; twenty-nine percent enroll fewer than ten. Only about forty out of all 2,000 courses enroll more than 100 students.
All students apply to Yale College using the same application: the Common Application and the required Yale-specific questions. International students in an International Baccalaureate, A-Level, or other national exam-based curriculum should also submit predicted examination results. This information may be self-reported on the Common Application but should also be included in the Secondary School Report.
No. We seek to admit a diverse group of international students each year. The quantity and quality of applications from different countries will vary from year to year, and so will the admissions. We do not predetermine the number of candidates that we will admit from any particular country.
Yes. Our international team of officers is familiar with educational systems and credentials around the world. If you like, you are welcome to send additional information about the particularities of your country’s educational system.
We hope that you will view our video for international students, “Yale’s Community of Individuals,” which features current international students talking about Yale. You are also welcome to visit the website of our Office of International Students and Scholars, the center for support services to the Yale international community. For more information about the Yale experience in general, please explore the rest of our admissions site. Feel free to send any specific questions to our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I am admitted to Yale, can I defer enrolling if I want to take a gap year or need to satisfy my military obligations?
Yes, you may defer your admission for up to two years (or for the length of your military obligation).
You may apply as a freshman if you have completed less than one year at another university. If you have completed one year or more at another university (but no more than two years), you may apply as a transfer student.
Yes. Yale will consider transfer applications from international students who have not completed more than two years of a university degree program. International transfer students are eligible for financial aid on the same basis as any other student. Please see our Financial Aid website for more information.
No. Simply list your awards and honors in the Common Application’s additional information pages. We do not need to see the certificates.
If you have exceptional talent and a record of accomplishment in the areas of visual art, music, or science, you might consider submitting an appropriate sample of your work. If you are thinking about doing so, please read and closely follow the directions listed on our Supplementary Materials page. Please do NOT send certificates, 3D submissions, multiple extra recommendations, newspaper clippings, and other such additional documents.
You will receive email notification once Yale receives and processes your application.
After we receive and process your application, we will send you information about activating your online Eli Account. Through this account you will be able to check the receipt of required application materials. Please read all notices on the Eli Account site carefully and check it periodically throughout the admissions season. When admissions decisions become available, you will also use your Eli Account username and password to access your decision on our website.
It is no longer possible to apply to Yale using a paper application. Please submit the Common Application, Yale-specific questions and Yale Writing Supplement to the Common Application online. We encourage you to visit your local EducationUSA office if you are having difficulties submitting the Common Application or finding a reliable internet connection.
A tutor, house master, principal, academic advisor, or another comparable school official can complete the form and recommendation.
Only submit the Midyear Report if you receive new grades or term reports in the middle of the school year. Most international students do not need to send us this form. All admitted students must submit the Final Report, which provides us with final schools grades/exam marks/diploma when you finish secondary school. There is no need to complete the Final Report until after you gain admission to Yale.
There are designated spaces on the Common Application Secondary School Report form for your class rank and GPA. If you do not have a GPA or a rank, leave those spaces blank.
If I attend an international or American school abroad, do I still need to submit an International Supplement?
Yes, unless your school has an AP or standard American curriculum. If you are in an IB curriculum at your international or American school abroad, you must submit the International Supplement with your IB predictions along with the Secondary School Report with your internal grades. If your school has an AP or standard American curriculum, there is no need to submit the International Supplement.
If you are admitted and decide to enroll at Yale College, the visa process is very straightforward. Once you receive the I-20 form from us, you can apply for a visa appointment at your local U.S. embassy.
Yes. Any student can apply Early Action Single Choice.
Yes, international students are eligible. Yale’s financial aid policies for foreign citizens are similar to those for U.S. citizens: need-blind admissions and need-based aid. “Need-blind” means that Yale College admits students on the basis of academic and personal promise, without regard to their ability to pay. “Need-based” means that financial aid packages are based on individual needs assessments, not based on merit awards. International students are evaluated using a needs analysis that takes into account the relative differences between the US economy and the economy of students’ home countries.
You can find international financial aid forms on the Financial Aid website. If you have any questions or if your family has special circumstances or expenses, we encourage you to send Student Financial Services an email or letter with details to help them understand your financial situation more completely.
I hold permanent residence or U.S. citizenship but live and attend school abroad. Is it better to apply as a U.S. student or as an international student?
This is actually not a decision you can make. You will report your citizenship(s) on the Common Application. We will consider your citizenship(s) along with your experience abroad in our holistic, context-based application review. Rest assured that it isn’t “better” or “worse” one way or the other. At Yale, because we offer need-blind need-based aid regardless of citizenship, the admissions process for all applicants is the same.
Yes. All international applicants must submit official results of standardized tests. You have two testing options, and we have no preference which you choose. You may take either:
- Option 1: The SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests of your choice
- Option 2: The ACT Plus Writing. (Note that because the ACT is less available outside of the U.S., the majority of international students submit SAT results.)
There are two exceptions to this testing requirement:
- Students whose home countries do not allow their citizens access to standardized testing centers – Afghanistan and China, for examples – are exempt from these testing requirements. These students must take either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE instead.
- Students who have completed A-level programs may use their results as a substitute for the SAT Subject Tests on a one-for-one basis, provided that the official test results arrive at Yale no later than the February following your application deadline. Eligible students must still take either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Plus Writing. You cannot use predicted A-level results as substitutions for the SAT Subject Tests.
Yale does not accept IB results, national exam results, or any other substitution for the required standardized tests.
For more information on how to take the tests and to find testing centers, you may find the following websites helpful:
- www.collegeboard.com: For information on the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests.
- www.act.org: For information on the ACT Plus Writing.
It is important for all students — but particularly important for international students — to register for tests with the same name that you use on your application. Our system will not link your record to your test scores if the names do not match.
Please keep in mind that there are no cut-off scores for any of these exams. Yale’s admission process is highly selective, but it is not primarily based on standardized test results. Scores are merely one part of the application.
Possibly, but it is not required. Not all international applicants need to take an English proficiency test such as TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE. But like all Yale students, international students must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and to express themselves easily in both spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, please see our Standardized Testing page for information about language proficiency requirements at Yale.
Note: Students in countries where it is not possible to take the SAT or ACT exams (e.g. China and Afghanistan) must take an English proficiency test.
Can I substitute two A-Level scores for the SAT Subject Test scores if I've already taken the SAT Reasoning Test?
Yes. Students enrolled in A-level programs may use two completed A-level results as a substitute for the two SAT Subject Tests, provided official test results arrive at Yale by February. You must still take either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Plus Writing. Predicted A-level results may not be used in place of the SAT Subject Tests.
Not necessarily. We are not able to offer an interview to every applicant. An interview offer is not a signal regarding the status of your application. For more information about interviews for international applicants, please see the section on interviewing in Applying to Yale as an International Student.
Yes. Official translations must accompany any documents that are not written in English.
Yale does award some advanced standing and/or acceleration credit for students who achieve high scores on Advanced Placement or SAT Subject Tests, as well as on International Baccalaureate, A-level, or other international exams. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, and we cannot predict the amount of credit or acceleration you might receive before you gain admission to Yale. More information can be found on the Yale College website. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the full four-year undergraduate experience at Yale. Please note that Yale generally does not award credit to entering freshmen for university coursework completed before matriculation.
No. For a variety of reasons, we are not able to offer every applicant an interview. If you are contacted to schedule an interview, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity. An interviewer can help you learn more about Yale and can share additional information about you with the admissions office.
Absolutely not. Please remember that interviews are not required, and many successful applicants are not interviewed. The admissions committee will base its decision on the rest of your application.
Applicants do not arrange their own interviews. In many parts of the United States and around the world, Yale Alumni Schools Committees (ASCs) serve as liaisons between prospective Yale students and the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The ASCs conduct all local alumni interviews. As admissions applications are processed, each ASC receives the names of local applicants and schedules individual interviews over the course of the application season.
After you submit your freshman application, Yale will send you an email to acknowledge that we have received it. That email will also indicate whether an ASC covers your area. If an ASC member can meet with you, he or she will contact you directly to schedule an interview.
You will not be offered an alumni interview until after you have submitted your application.
ASC interviews are available in most regions of the United States and in many other countries, but there are some areas where we are not able to offer them. If an ACS interview is not available to you, please do not worry. It will not hurt your chances for admission. Each year many candidates are admitted without the benefit of an interview.
An ASC interview lets you engage in a dialogue with a local Yale graduate. Alumni interviewers can be a valuable source of information for you, providing first-hand knowledge of what it is like to live and study at Yale. Interviews are also evaluative. Through the ASC member’s writeup of your interview, the admissions committee can learn more about you and how you might contribute to the Yale community.
Alumni interviews are conducted by committees linked to specific high schools. Either your school is not covered by an interviewing committee, or the home address you provided suggests that you are not currently living in the area of your high school of record.
You may not be contacted for an alumni interview until a few weeks after we process your application. Most Early Action interviews take place in November and the bulk of Regular Decision interviews occur in late January and during the month of February. It is also possible that given the large number of applications, the ASC is not able to interview every candidate in your area. Please remember that interviews are not required, and your application will not be jeopardized if you are not offered an interview.
Alumni interviews usually take place at the ASC member’s home or office or at a public location such as a quiet café. If a Yale ASC member calls you to set up an interview, please arrange to meet at a mutually convenient location.
A limited number of on-campus interviews are available. They are only open to seniors and rising seniors, and are only offered from mid- to late June through mid-November. On-campus interviews are conducted by Yale College seniors. If you would like to have an interview on campus, please visit check our online Interview Scheduler for availability. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you already took part in an interview on campus and then an ASC member contacts you, you may decline the second interview or supplement it with an alumni interview. The choice is yours.
I have questions about Yale, but I will not have the opportunity to meet with an ASC member. To whom should I direct them?
You may email questions about academic, residential, and extracurricular life at Yale to email@example.com. A current Yale student will respond to your inquiry.
No. Each ASC is charged with interviewing candidates for a specific geographic area. Given the large volume of applications we receive, the resources of our ASCs are limited, and we cannot reassign you to the committee serving another region.
Yes. The application deadlines for non-degree candidates are June 1 for the fall term, and October 1 for the spring term.
The fee is $75, payable by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, made out to Yale University.
In most cases, Yale will need to see your scores for the SAT Reasoning or ACT test. In addition to those scores, you may also send your scores on other standardized tests if you wish.
Your high school transcript may include standardized test results. You might also ask the College Board (for SAT tests) or ACT, Inc. (for ACT tests) to send the results. For more information regarding SATs, please visit the College Board website or call (866) 756-7346. If you are calling from outside the United States, call the College Board at (212) 713-7789. You can visit the ACT website, and you may reach ACT by telephone at (319) 337-1000.
I am a full-time undergraduate at another college. Can I spend a semester or a year at Yale as a visiting non-degree student?
Yes, absolutely. It will be up to you to arrange for housing and financial assistance and to obtain the approval of your present college for the credits you earn here.
It is best if at least two of your three recommendations come from teachers or professors who recently taught you in academic subjects. If you have not attended school for a number of years, you may ask employers, colleagues, or other individuals who know you well to write your recommendations. You should consider enrolling in some demanding college courses before you apply to Yale. Your success in those courses will help you demonstrate your academic ability and enable you to obtain the strong academic recommendations that Yale prefers.
No. Yale neither offers nor requires interviews for applicants to the Non-Degree Students Program. But if you have special circumstances or questions and need advice, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the most part, no. Yale rarely allows non-degree students to postpone matriculation, but we will consider a request if there are exceptional circumstances.
Yes, but you must submit a new application for admission in a subsequent year. You will also need to submit a new application fee. You do not need to resubmit your transcripts; we hold them on file. If you apply three times without success, we will not consider any further applications from you.
Yes. But if a course has limited enrollment, full-time undergraduates and other students in Yale degree programs have first priority. As a result, small seminars and art, film, music, photography, and theater studies courses are seldom available to non-degree students.
No, unless the graduate or professional school course is cross-registered in the Yale College Programs of Study. If you wish to take graduate courses on a part-time schedule and with non-degree status, please contact the Division of Special Registration at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, located at 320 York Street, New Haven, CT. You can reach them by telephone at (203) 432-2771.
Yes. Non-degree students must make a separate application to the Yale Summer Session. Please visit the Yale Summer Session website.
I’m a Yale graduate. Are there special procedures for applying to the Non-Degree Students Program for alumni?
Yale alumni who wish to apply to the Non-Degree Students Program must follow the same application procedures as all other applicants. Yale alumni or their spouses who wish to audit classes (not for credit) may apply to the Yale Alumni Auditing Program.
The normal procedure is to apply through the Yale College Dean's Office for re-admission. This path requires you to attend as a full-time student and allows you to live in campus housing. If you have been out of Yale for over five years and still need at least eighteen course credits to graduate, you may instead apply to the Eli Whitney Students Program. Coming back to Yale as an Eli Whitney student gives you the option of finishing your degree on either a part- or full-time basis. On the other hand, as an Eli Whitney student you will not be able to live in campus housing. Please note that Eli Whitney students must take a minimum of eighteen term course credits at Yale to qualify for a degree.
Only students enrolled full-time in Yale College or in one of the graduate or professional schools; members of the Yale faculty and their spouses; Yale employees and their spouses; and Yale graduates and their spouses may audit courses. For more information on how to audit and who is eligible to audit courses at Yale, visit the Yale College website.
I am an international student applying to the Non-Degree Students Program, and English is not my native language. Is there an English language requirement I need to fulfill?
If your first language is not English, you may need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. For more information on how to do that, please visit our International Non-Degree Students page.
Once you are admitted to the Non-Degree Students Program, you will need to hold and maintain F-1 student visa status. To do that, you must be a full-time student at all times, which means you will need to take at least three courses each semester. If your visa is tourist status (B1/B2 or visa waiver status), you cannot enroll at Yale.
Yes. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) can assist you and will issue the I-20 form that you will use to apply for an F-1 visa. Like all international students at Yale, you must consult with OISS. You can reach them at: Office of International Students and Scholars, 421 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511, (203) 432-2305, email@example.com.
Yale has been a proud QuestBridge partner college since 2007. QuestBridge is a non-profit program that “matches” high-achieving low-income students with partner colleges. There are 35 partner colleges, including Yale. The National College Match scholarship is a full scholarship, including the full cost of tuition and the full cost of room and board. Since 2007, over 120 students have matched with Yale through the National College Match and more than 340 QuestBridge Finalists have been admitted through our regular application process on need-based financial aid.
How does applying to Yale through QuestBridge differ from applying to other QuestBridge partner colleges?
Unlike many other partner schools, a Yale match is nonbinding, which means that if you apply to Yale through QuestBridge, you may still apply to other schools as a Regular Decision applicant. Students have until May 1 to respond to an offer of admission from Yale.
I am a QuestBridge Finalist and ranked Yale as one of my college choices. What additional application materials do I have to submit to Yale to complete my application for the match? When do I need to submit those materials?
QuestBridge will forward us your QuestBridge application. We also require applicants to submit the Common Application and Yale specific-questions as well as a few additional items. The deadline for submitting these materials is November 4, 2013. If you are submitting materials by mail, the postmark deadline is November 4. You must submit the following no later than November 4:
- Common Application and Yale Specific-Questions
- Teacher Recommendations (2)
- Secondary School Report (including your official high school transcript and counselor recommendation)
- Your official score reports for the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests OR the ACT with Writing (official score reports from your school counselor will also be accepted). Yale requires you to submit all score results from whichever type of standardized test you have chosen. For more information on Yale’s score reporting policy, please refer to Standardized Testing FAQs. The last eligible test date for the Match is September 21 for the ACT, and October 5 for the SAT.
- The financial aid documents listed below. Please submit them to Yale by fax at 203.777.6100. Clearly type or write your full name, your Yale Applicant ID Number (if you rank Yale, you will receive this via email after Finalists are announced), and "QuestBridge" on all pages:
- The QuestBridge Yale University Cover Sheet for Financial Documents.
- Your parents’ 2012 federal income tax return (signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2s, and other earnings statements). Include personal and corporate/partnership tax returns, if applicable.
- The 2014-2015 CSS/PROFILE Application. You must submit this electronically.
- If your parents are divorced or legally separated, your non-custodial parent should also submit his/her tax return, W-2s, and a copy of the Noncustodial PROFILE, available when you complete the CSS/PROFILE.
- If your parents are self-employed, they should submit the CSS Business/Farm Supplement directly to Yale.
If your parents are not required to file a 2013 federal income tax return, please have them complete the 2013-2014 Parent Non-Tax Filer Statement.
QuestBridge will notify applicants of their status as Finalists or Non-Finalists on October 22.
Finalists who applied for a match, but did not match with a binding school and did not list Yale as a match institution may apply to Yale through Regular Decision. You must make sure that all your required application materials are submitted by December 31st. Please refer to Yale's Regular Decision Requirements on the QuestBridge website for more information. Non-Finalists may apply to Yale through Single-Choice Early Action (deadline: November 1) or Regular Decision (deadline: December 31).
Depending on your situation, this question has different answers.
- There is no fee to apply for the QuestBridge Match process.
- If you’re a QuestBridge Finalist not participating in the Match and you want to apply as a Regular Decision or Single-Choice Early Action candidate, you can request that Yale waive the $75 application fee when you apply. When filling out the Common Application for Regular Decision or Single-Choice Early Action, indicate you meet one of the indicators of economic need.
- If you’re a QuestBridge Non-Finalist, you may still qualify for a fee waiver. Please visit our Application Instructions page for more information on how to request a fee waiver.
QuestBridge will notify finalists of their match status on December 2. If you have any questions about your status as a College Match Finalist or Scholar, please contact QuestBridge directly.
Yes. We will consider all applicants regardless of citizenship.
Interviews are not required. If you’re planning to visit Yale during the summer or fall, you may schedule an on-campus interview by using the Online Interview Scheduler. During the QuestBridge College Match process, we also offer a limited number of off-campus interviews. We will contact you directly if we are able to offer you an interview near where you live. For Single-Choice Early Action and Regular Decision applications, our standard interview instructions apply.
If you ranked Yale but didn't match with Yale, you will automatically be considered for Regular Decision unless you withdraw your application. If you match with a binding school, your application will not be considered in Regular Decision.
If I apply through the QuestBridge College Match program, but I’m not named a Finalist, what are my application options?
If you’re not named a College Match Finalist, you’re welcome to apply to Yale via Single-Choice Early Action or Regular Decision using the Common Application and Yale-specific questions, including the Yale Writing Supplement. Standard Yale application requirements apply. We do not accept QuestBridge application materials for Non-Finalists. For more information on Regular Decision requirements, please visit our Freshman Application Process page.
QuestBridge College Match applicants are evaluated using the same standards as all Yale applicants, taking into account the context of a student’s high school program, family circumstances, and personal achievements. The timing and notification of the decision vary slightly because of the QuestBridge application timeline.
Yale will only offer admission through the National College Match to students whose parents qualify to make zero contribution to college costs. Typically, this includes families with a total income of less than $65,000 per year, though Yale does consider family assets, business ownership, and other special circumstances in addition to annual income. If you are not eligible for zero parental contribution and therefore not eligible for the National College Match program at Yale, you may be considered for admission to Yale in the Regular Decision process and will still qualify for financial aid calculated to meet your full financial need, with no loans required.
What happens to my potential financial aid award if I do not match with Yale in the College Match process, but I'm admitted later in the Regular Decision process?
Yale provides full need-based financial aid (with no loans required) to all admitted students and will meet every student’s demonstrated need without regard to whether we accept the student through QuestBridge College Match, Single-Choice Early Action, or Regular Decision.
For more information about Yale’s financial aid policies, please visit the Financial Aid page.
The number of Yale matches depends on the strength of individual applications, and therefore varies from year to year. Historically, Yale has matched with 17–25 students each year through the College Match Process. Yale has also admitted between 50–75 additional QuestBridge Finalists through the Regular Decision application process each year of our partnership. All admitted applicants receive financial aid to meet their full demonstrated financial need.
Yale does not fund travel for prospective applicants. However, we are happy to welcome students who are able to attend information sessions, tours, or other admissions events. In particular, we invite students to attend our fall Multicultural Outreach Program’s Open House. See our Admissions Events page in early fall for more information. Those unable to visit campus should view our online Virtual Tour.
As Yale and Yale-NUS are so closely linked, students may request that the same application be considered at both institutions. If you are interested in the possibility of attending this new college and would like your Yale application to be considered as well by Yale-NUS’ admissions office, please indicate so by checking the “Please share my Yale application with Yale-NUS College” box on the Yale member screen within the Common Application.
Sharing your application with Yale-NUS will not affect your admissions decision at Yale in any way. Each institution has a separate admissions office and will make a completely independent review of your application. Each will provide you with a separate admissions decision, and if you are admitted to both institutions, you will have the freedom to choose either one.
Yes. Students applying to Yale Single-Choice Early Action may also apply to Yale-NUS at the same time, as the new college is outside of the United States.
No additional application fee will be necessary for consideration by Yale-NUS if your application is shared through the use of the checkbox on the Yale application. If you choose not to share your application at this time and decide to apply to Yale-NUS after submitting your Yale application, you can do so by applying directly to Yale-NUS through its own online application or the Common Application. For these applications, there will be an application fee of $8.
A few days after submitting your shared Yale application, you will receive an email from the Yale-NUS admissions office. This email will ask you to complete an (optional) additional short question specific to Yale-NUS College. You are encouraged to complete this additional short question; however, not doing so will not adversely affect your application.
The Yale-NUS email will also contain information on how to access your application status page on the Yale-NUS website. The application status page will allow you to track your application, receive important updates, and submit documents.
If I share my Yale application with Yale-NUS College, will my entire application be shared with Yale-NUS College or do I still have to send any documents to Yale-NUS?
If you select the checkbox on the Yale member screen agreeing to share your Yale application with Yale-NUS, all materials that you submit to Yale through the Common Application Online (Common Application with Yale-specific questions, School Report, Mid-Year report, etc.) will be shared automatically with Yale-NUS College. Materials that you send directly to Yale (e.g. official SAT/ACT/TOEFL score reports, late teacher recommendations) will not be forwarded automatically to Yale-NUS, and you will still have to send a separate copy of those to Yale-NUS.
In the upcoming cycle of admissions, Yale-NUS College will consider applications in three separate rounds beginning in the fall of 2013 and ending in the spring of 2014. For more information, please visit the Yale-NUS Application Deadlines website.
No. The Common Application and Yale-specific questions constitute a completed application to Yale-NUS College.
Yale-NUS does not give preference to one type of application over another. Each type of application is given equal weight. We recommend, however, that students choose the application method that makes the most sense given their other college application choices. Please read more on the Yale-NUS website.
If I share my Yale application with Yale-NUS, how will you consider responses to questions that are specific to Yale?
The admissions committee at Yale-NUS will take into account that your application was originally intended for the holistic evaluation process at Yale College. Because Yale's liberal arts tradition has shaped the academic culture at Yale-NUS, the admissions committee at Yale-NUS will be looking for many of the same qualities in your application and teacher recommendations. No specific mention of Yale-NUS is necessary, even if the major indicated on your Yale supplement is not offered at Yale-NUS.
I had an on-campus interview at Yale. Will that report be included in my Yale-NUS application? If I have an alumni interview as part of my application to Yale, will the alumnus be interviewing me for both colleges?
No. The Yale-NUS admissions office conducts its own interviews with shortlisted applicants and will contact applicants to schedule that conversation. All Yale interviews will be specific to the Yale College application, and neither on-campus nor alumni interviewers will be notified that you have shared your application with Yale-NUS.
Yes. Even if you are sharing your Yale application with Yale-NUS, you need to send Yale-NUS separate score reports for each test you would like to submit. Our school codes for the SAT, ACT and TOEFL can be found here.
I am applying to Yale-NUS by sharing my Yale application with the College. How can I indicate which Yale-NUS Round of Admissions I am applying in?
Yale-NUS will consider you in Round 1 if you submit your application to Yale on or before November 1, 2013. If you submit your application between November 2, 2013 – December 31, 2013, Yale-NUS will consider you in Round 2. If this timing is not ideal for you, you may apply via the Yale-NUS member screen on the Common Application instead. Students who would like to be considered in Round 3 can apply directly to Yale-NUS using the Common Application and the Yale-NUS member screen or the web-based Yale-NUS application form. For more information on using your Yale application to apply to Yale-NUS, please click here.
I am applying to Yale under the Single-Choice Early Action Program. Can you explain the rules about applying to other colleges that have early notification programs?
If you are a Single-Choice Early Action applicant to Yale, you may apply to another institution’s early admission program as follows:
- You may apply to any college's non-binding rolling admission program.
- You may apply to any public institution at any time provided that admission is non-binding.
- You may apply to another college’s Early Decision II program, but only if the notification of admission occurs after January 1. If you are admitted through another college’s Early Decision II binding program, you must withdraw your application from Yale.
- You may apply to any institution outside of the United States at any time.
Applying Single-Choice Early Action does not increase the likelihood of being admitted to Yale. Historically, the rate of admission among early applicants has been higher than the overall admission rate because many of our strongest candidates, from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, apply early. We therefore offer this advice: Apply for Single-Choice Early Action if you want to receive a decision in mid-December and you are confident of the credentials you will be presenting to the admissions committee early in your senior year. An Early Action applicant must meet the same criteria for admission as an applicant in the regular pool. A thoughtful college search and a careful assessment of your readiness to present a strong application as early as November 1, are key. Candidates who need more time, for whatever reason, will be better served by our Regular Decision process.
If you’ve used Yale’s Single-Choice Early Action application, in mid-December you will receive one of three responses:
1. You are admitted to Yale
What this means: Congratulations! You have a place in Yale’s next freshman class. You may accept or decline the offer at any time before May 1.
2. A final decision on your application is deferred
What this means: We consider you a competitive candidate, but the admissions committee wants to see more work from your senior year and evaluate your credentials in the context of our Regular Decision pool of applicants. Unless you withdraw your application, you’ll automatically be reconsidered in our Regular Decision process.
3. Your application is denied
What this means: If your Early Action application is denied, you may not reapply for admission to Yale during the Regular Decision process this year.
When decisions become available, you will be able to retrieve your admissions decision on our website, using your Eli Account username and password.
If you submitted all required financial aid materials to Yale with your Early Action application, you’ll receive an estimated financial aid package at the same time as you receive your offer of admission. We will update this estimate and confirm your final aid package in early April.
I’m at a new high school for my senior year. Who should fill out the Secondary School Report? Can I apply to Yale under the Single-Choice Early Action Program?
The school you’re currently attending must submit the School Report Form, meaning, in this case, your new school. If you’re concerned that your new college counselor has not had enough time to get to know you, you may ask the counselor from your previous school to write a letter as well. We’ll also need a complete record of your grades from all years of high school. It’s helpful for us to see the exact grades you received. If your new school translates 80s and 90s from your old school into As and Bs on your transcript, please request that a transcript be sent to us directly from your old school as well. Because of the uncertainties of moving from one school to another, it’s probably not a good idea for senior-year transfers to file early applications. Our admissions committee, for example, may want to see grade reports for the first semester at the new school before making a decision. In most such cases, it’s better to apply Regular Decision.
I have taken the AMC, AIME, or participated in academic Olympiads. Does Yale want to know my scores? Where should I report this information?
If you have taken part in external examinations such as the AMC, AIME, or academic Olympiads, please self-report your scores either in the Activities section of your Common Application or in the Additional Information section (found within the Writing section of the Common Application).
You must report the scores of all of the SATs and SAT Subject Tests or all of the ACTs and ACT Writing Tests that you’ve taken. If you choose to fulfill the requirement with SAT scores, then it’s not necessary to send any scores from the ACT, even if you’ve taken the ACT. If you choose to fulfill the requirement using the ACT, then you don’t need to send us any SAT scores unless you wish to do so. Whichever type of test you choose, you must report all your scores from every time you’ve taken that type of test. And if you choose to use a combination of SAT and ACT test results, you must report all scores from both agencies.
To report your scores, please ask the College Board or the ACT to send your official test results directly to Yale.
If you receive new test results after you submit your application, contact the College Board or ACT and request that they send an updated report of any unsubmitted scores to Yale.
An applicant’s testing history provides useful contextual information to the admissions committee. With a full testing history, the committee is able to look at a student's highest officially reported score on each section of the SAT, the highest individual SAT Subject Tests, and/or the highest ACT Plus Writing composite score.
If I have taken the SAT and at least two SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT with Writing, must I report all scores from both testing agencies? Can I send only the SAT test scores or only the ACT test scores provided that I fulfill Yale's testing requirement?
Yes. As long as you provide a complete set of score reports from one testing agency (either the College Board or ACT, Inc.), you are not required to report scores from both. You can choose to report either all of your SAT results (both SAT and SAT Subject Tests) or all of your ACT results. If you want us to have any scores from both the College Board and ACT, Inc., you must report all scores from both testing agencies.
How should I complete the online Common Application ‘Tests’ section if some of the colleges to which I’m applying allow me to withhold some of my scores and others, such as Yale, do not?
Follow the instructions in the testing section of the Common Application, which asks you to report some, but not all, of your scores. Then, have the College Board and/or ACT send Yale a complete set of your official scores.
Must I submit an official report for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test results?
No. You may self-report AP or IB scores in the spaces provided on the Common Application. Only students who ultimately enroll at Yale and choose to apply for acceleration credit will need to submit an official score report.
Does Yale award credit based on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or other external examination results?
Yale awards ‘acceleration credit’ to students for scores of 4 or 5 on most — but not all — of the AP exams; for scores of 6 or 7 on the Higher-level IB exams; and for A-level results of A or B. Acceleration credit may offer some students the option to graduate in fewer than eight terms. For further details see Yale College acceleration policies or the table of acceleration credit.
Once I’ve been admitted and have chosen to matriculate at Yale, do I still have to take Advanced Placement tests (AP) at the end of my senior year?
It is up to you and your high school whether you take the AP test. At Yale, AP credit can sometimes be used for placement purposes and/or for acceleration credit. Also, some high schools require students to take the AP exam to receive class credit.
If you have a high school diploma or GED and you have less than one year of transferable post-secondary-school college credit, then you should apply as a freshman candidate. If you have at least one year and no more than two years of transferable post-secondary-school college credit, then you should apply as a transfer student.
If you have followed a traditional educational path, wish to study on a full-time basis, and have not had your college experience delayed or interrupted by more than five years, then you should apply as a transfer student. If your college experience was delayed or interrupted for more than five years, then you may apply to the Eli Whitney Students Program. Keep in mind that transfer students must attend full time, but Eli Whitney students may choose to attend on a part- or full-time basis. On-campus housing is available to transfer students, but not to Eli Whitney students. Please note that unlike all other undergraduates, including transfer students, tuition costs for Eli Whitney students vary depending on the number of credits taken in any given semester. The maximum amount of Yale Scholarship per semester for Eli Whitney students is capped at the cost of tuition.
No, we do not accept transfer applications on paper. We require transfer applicants to submit their applications online. Please submit the Common Application’s Transfer Application and the Yale-specific questions and Yale Writing Supplement to the Common Application electronically.
No. Transfer students must attend Yale on a full-time basis.
No. Transfer students must enter in the fall term.
No, but we will make every effort to find you housing in one of the twelve residential colleges.
Most term courses at Yale – but not all – are worth one course credit. Generally speaking, a Yale course credit is the same as three or four credit hours or four and one-half quarter hours.
Speaking generally, college courses that are similar to those available to Yale undergraduates are transferable. In determining the number of transferable credits, Yale does not count courses taken during high school, college credits awarded for Advanced Placement Tests, correspondence courses or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.
Yale will evaluate your transferable credits when you gain admission. When we receive all your official transcripts from previous institutions, Yale will perform a final evaluation. Yale will not evaluate transferable credits before you gain admission to Yale.
For the most part, no. Yale rarely allows transfer students to postpone matriculation, but we will consider a request if there are exceptional circumstances.
No. Transfer applicants are not offered interviews.
Yes. Transfer applicants must take the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. Yale will not consider an application without scores from at least one of these tests. The only exception is for students from countries where these tests are not offered (such as the People’s Republic of China and Iran).
Yes. Financial aid is solely based on financial need. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.
Given the large number of applications we receive, the Admissions Office is unable to individually acknowledge receipt of your application. Please login to the Common Application website to confirm that you have successfully submitted your Transfer Common Application, Transfer Yale Supplement and some form of Payment or Fee Waiver Request to Yale. After you login, click on the "My Colleges" tab and then click on "Yale University." If you have successfully submitted these three items, you should see the following information as shown in the screen shot below:
We will notify you in April via email, if any documents are missing from your application.
Can transfer students receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to track their application status?
No. Transfer applicants do not receive PIN accounts. If documents are missing from your file, the admissions office will contact you via email.
No. Unlike freshman admissions, there is no online status page for the transfer application process. The Yale Admissions Office does not provide Eli Accounts to transfer candidates. We communicate with transfer candidates primarily via email, so please make sure we have a correct email address for you. Also, please check your junk mail inbox periodically since many email accounts routinely send our “group” emails to junk mail.
If the Admissions Office needs additional information to process your fee waiver request, we will contact you directly. The review of your application will not be delayed because you have requested a fee waiver.
Candidates will be notified of their admissions decisions in mid-May via email.
Yes, but you must submit a new application for admission in a subsequent year. A new application fee is also required. Please note that applications will not be considered from individuals who have submitted applications to Yale College more than three times.
No. Yale-NUS is an independent, fully residential liberal arts college in Singapore that is the result of a landmark collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. This collaboration started in 2009, when the two universities began working together to imagine an ideal undergraduate education for the 21st century. Visit the Yale-NUS webpage for more information.
A leading global university , the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore's flagship institution, offering a global approach to education and research with a focus and expertise on Asian perspectives.
Its 16 faculties and schools across three campus locations in Singapore – Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram – provide a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. NUS’ transformative education includes programs such as student exchanges, entrepreneurial internships at NUS Overseas Colleges, and double degree and joint degree programs with some of the world’s top universities, offering students opportunities and challenges to realize their potential. The learning experience is complemented by a vibrant residential life with avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits. Over 37,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.
Visit the National University of Singapore webpage for more information.
Yale-NUS offers a liberal arts curriculum in the Yale tradition: your major courses will constitute only one-third of your classroom experience and 90% of all courses will have 18 students or fewer. The Yale-NUS Common Curriculum, taken by all students, spans the central knowledge of the Eastern and Western traditions. It is no longer sufficient to read the great works of the West – a global, 21st century career and lifestyle demands intercultural communication. Reading Confucius and the Bhagavad Gita alongside Aristotle and Shakespeare, as well as engaging in broad yet rigorous science and social science coursework and research, will train you to think within and between cultures and disciplines to solve complex problems, which is an essential, if not the essential, 21st century professional skill.
After two years of Common Curriculum and electives, you will choose a major in a single subject and develop the expertise to succeed in the working world or to pursue graduate or professional education. Yale-NUS offers 14 majors: Anthropology, Arts & Humanities, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Affairs, History, Life Sciences, Literature, Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Philosophy, PPE(Philosophy, Politics, and Economics), Physical Sciences, Psychology, and Urban Studies. You may also choose a minor from the same list or use your electives to explore the Yale-NUS curriculum.
Two interdisciplinary courses, Historical Immersion and Current Issues in Science & Social Science, will complement your major courses in years three and four. Historical Immersion will ask you to consider, in holistic, interdisciplinary terms, a particular time and place other than your own, while Current Issues will concern solutions to real world problems such as climate change, digital security, and infectious disease control. Learn more about the Yale-NUS curriculum.
Yale-NUS will position you alongside the world’s brightest minds in a community that prizes close faculty-student connections. Our 52 faculty, newly hired from a global pool of over 2000 applicants, are deeply committed to teaching and to the College, its curriculum, and the student body. Yale-NUS’ particularly low student to faculty ratio (3:1 in the first year, eventually 10:1) will support lively seminar-based teaching and discussion, and top Yale and NUS professors will teach at the College every year as well. Read more about the academic stars amongst the Yale-NUS faculty.
Yale-NUS is seeking more than high-achieving students from around the world. We are looking for daring students who want to be part of a groundbreaking new college—students who will make the most of their talents and this extraordinary opportunity. We are interested in students who want to create real impact and positive change in the world—leadership at its best.
The first class of 155 students from over 25 countries matriculated in August 2013. Over several years the number will grow to 250 new students per year, eventually bringing the total student population at Yale-NUS to 1000.
You can read more from some of the members of the inaugural group of students at the Yale-NUS Blog.
Yale-NUS students have the opportunity to study at Yale for a summer, term, or entire year. Yale-NUS students also have access to 40 term-time and summer programs exclusive to Yale and Yale-NUS around the world. Beyond study, student can explore internship opportunities with one of our more than 52 global partners. You can learn more about overseas opportunities at Yale-NUS online on the Yale-NUS website.