International Students’ Application Timetable

We know how much work it takes to put together applications for U.S. colleges. If you are considering applying to Yale (or other colleges and universities in the United States), you may find this timeline a useful guide for your application process.

Please remember Yale’s Application Deadlines: November 1 for Early Action Single Choice and January 2 for Regular Decision.

Junior Year (Penultimate Year) of Secondary School

Junior Year (Penultimate Year) of Secondary School

Autumn and Winter (September through February)

  • Begin researching colleges in the United States. Make use of the multiple online resources that are available and visit your local EducationUSA office.
  • Begin preparing for standardized tests.  
Spring (March through May)
  • Consider taking your first standardized test and register for future test sittings.
Summer (June through August)
  • Begin working on your college essays.

Senior Year (Final Year) of Secondary School

Autumn (September through October)
  • Ask your teachers and counselor to complete the required forms.
  • Take the SAT or ACT for a second time if you feel that you might significantly improve your score. 
  • Early Action applicants: October is the last month during which you can take the ACT Plus Writing Test for Yale to consider your results. November 1 is the deadline for an Early Action application.
November
  • Early Action applicants: This is the last month during which you can take the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests for Yale to consider your results. November 1 is the deadline for an Early Action application.
December
  • Middle of December: Early Action admissions decisions are available online.
January
  • January 1 is the deadline for Regular Decision applications.
  • Regular Decision applicants: This is the last month during which you can take the SAT Reasoning Test, the SAT Subject Tests, and the TOEFL for Yale to consider your results.
February
  • Regular Decision applicants: This is the last month during which you can take the ACT Plus Writing exam for Yale to consider your results.
End of March/Early April
  • Regular Decision admissions decisions are available online.