Application Instructions & Components

There are three ways to apply to Yale for freshman admission. Select the option that is right for you

Yale will accept any one of these applications, without preference for one over another. Students should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. Click on the links below to learn more about each type of application.

All applicants for freshman admission must submit one of the following:

See the information below regarding the additional requirements for all freshman applicants.

Additional requirements for all freshman applicants:

Additional Information

$80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver

Applicants should pay the $80 application fee via the Common Application or Coalition Application website. The QuestBridge National College Match Application is free, but note that only students named QuestBridge Finalists may apply to Yale with the QuestBridge National College Match Application.

Applicants using the Common Application or Coalition Application may request that the application fee be waived. Qualifications for a fee waiver are as follows:

  • You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.

If you feel that your college application and financial aid application fees present a severe hardship for your family, but you are not sure if you meet the qualifications as outlined above, please consider the final bullet point carefully. If there is an adult in your community who could attest to your family’s economic situation, please do not hesitate to request a fee waiver. You will not need to submit supporting documentation unless specifically asked to do so. More information about the guidelines Yale uses to determine eligibility for fee waivers is on the Fee Waiver page.

Two Teacher Recommendations

High school teachers can provide extremely helpful information in their evaluations. In addition to discussing your performance in their class or classes, teachers may also write about your motivation, intellectual curiosity, energy, relationships with classmates, and impact on the classroom environment. Solicit recommendations from teachers who have taught you in core academic subjects, who know you well, and who have seen you at your best. It is also preferable, but not required, that letters come from teachers who have taught you during your junior or senior year of high school. Through experience, admissions officers have found that letters from junior or senior year teachers are the most illuminating. Yale does not encourage supplemental letters of recommendation. Those considering a supplemental letter of recommendation should first read Supplementary Materials-Extra Recommendations.

Recommendations should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application website. For QuestBridge Finalists, recommendations and transcripts are automatically forwarded to Yale with the QuestBridge National College Match Application. If necessary, teachers may also submit their recommendations via mail or fax. Recommendations may be sent before or after you submit your application; materials that arrive before your application will be kept on file. The admissions office understands that it may not be possible in some cases for teachers and counselors to meet the application deadlines. We will make reasonable allowances for late school documents.

Counselor Recommendation and School Report (including transcript)

The counselor recommendation and transcript give the Admissions Committee a sense of your place in your high school class and in the larger school community. Your counselor can provide insight into the rigor of your academic program, highlight leadership positions, share information on your background, and help your application come to life. If your college counselor does not know you well, he or she can still provide helpful contextual information about your school and its academic programs.

A counselor recommendation and complete secondary school transcript should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application website. For QuestBridge Finalists, recommendations and transcripts are automatically forwarded with the QuestBridge National College Match Application. If necessary, counselors and/or other school officials may submit recommendations and transcripts via mail or fax. Recommendations and transcripts may be sent before or after you submit your application; materials that arrive before your application will be kept on file. The admissions office understands that it may not be possible in some cases for teachers and counselors to meet the application deadlines. We will make reasonable allowances for late school documents.

Standardized Test Results

All applicants for freshman admission should submit either the SAT or the ACT with Writing. For SATs taken in March 2016 or later, the additional essay is required. Applicants to the Yale Classes of 2021 and 2022 may submit either the old or the new SAT. More information on Yale’s test policies, including Score-Choice and recommended tests, is available on the Standardized Testing page. Standardized tests are just one component of a student’s application and are viewed within the context of the student’s entire file. There is no minimum score required for admission, nor is there a score that will guarantee admission. The middle 50% of test scores (the 25th to the 75th percentiles) for enrolled freshman are as follows:

  • SAT-Verbal: 720-800 (Old SAT)
  • SAT-Math: 710-800 (Old SAT)
  • SAT-Writing: 710-790 (Old SAT)
  • ACT Composite: 32-35

Mid-Year Report

All applicants for freshman admission who have not already graduated from secondary school should submit a mid-year report with official grades from the first marking period of the current academic year as soon as those grades are available. A school counselor or official should submit the grades directly to Yale, online via the Common Application or Coalition Application, or via mail or fax.

Application Acknowledgment, Yale Admissions Status Portal, Checklist, and Admissions Decisions

  • Beginning in mid-October, a student who has submitted an application will receive a confirmation email that includes a PIN and instructions for activating a Yale Admissions Status Portal account. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two weeks after submitting your application, please check your junk mail folder in case the email has been filtered by mistake. To prevent this add apply.questions@yale.edu to your address book or contact list.
  • Applicants should use the Yale Admissions Status Portal throughout the admissions cycle to check for the receipt of required application materials.
  • Applicants will use the Yale Admissions Status Portal to view an admissions decision online when it becomes available.
  • Applicants should use one email address throughout the application cycle. If your email address changes, use the Yale Admissions Status Portal to notify the admissions office of changes. 

Important Note about Legal Names

Please use your full legal name on all admissions documents, including teacher recommendations, the school report, standardized test results, supplementary materials, etc. The admissions office will file your application under the full legal name listed on your application. Documents received under any other name might not be matched successfully with your application.

Mailing and Fax Instructions

Applicants should submit all of documents online. If you must mail or fax a document, please write “Early Action” or “Regular Decision” on the envelope or cover sheet to speed the filing process.

For materials sent via the U.S. Postal Service, use this address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University
P.O. Box 208234
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8234

For materials sent via FedEX, UPS, TNT, DHL, or other private delivery services, please use this street address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University
38 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

The fax number for application materials is (203) 436-9775.