Supplementary Materials

You should think carefully before submitting supplementary materials with your Yale College application. Most successful applicants submit only the items that Yale requires. Because the Admissions Committee gives greatest weight to the required documents, it is recommended that you focus your energy primarily on those elements of the application.

If you have a substantial and well-developed talent that cannot be conveyed adequately in the rest of your application, you may consider submitting an audio recording, musical score, art samples, writing samples, scientific research paper, film, or dance video. Please note that due to the very large number of applications Yale College receives, admissions staff are not able to evaluate all supplementary materials. 

How to Submit Supplementary Materials

Please submit supplementary materials online through the Common Application as outlined below. Please note that SlideRoom, the program used by the Common Application for the submission of supplementary material, charges a fee to students. Applicants who are eligible for a Common Application fee waiver will have the SlideRoom fee waived.

If you are considering the possibility of submitting material, even if you have not made a final decision, it is critical that you create a SlideRoom account before you submit your Common Application. Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to access the SlideRoom program.

Types of Supplementary Materials

Supplementary Materials - Art

Whether or not you wish to major in art as an undergraduate, if you are an advanced visual artist you may consider submitting an art portfolio as part of your application to Yale. In deciding whether or not to do this, please bear in mind that it is Yale School of Art faculty members who will review selected portfolios, not admissions officers. You should only consider submitting work if your artwork is a strong and important part of your application and demonstrates a high level of ability for a high school artist. You should limit the work submitted to between 5 and 8 pieces, which should include at least one drawing.

If you wish to submit images of your artwork as a supplement to your application, you must do so online through the Common Application by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action candidates; January 1 for Regular Decision candidates; March 1 for transfer candidates). Please do not contact faculty directly to request a portfolio review. You should submit a supplement through the Common Application SlideRoom program.

Supplementary Materials - Music

Yale College does not conduct musical auditions for applicants. You may consider submitting a recording of your playing, or a musical score, if it demonstrates a high level of musical ability. In deciding whether or not to do this, please bear in mind that it is Yale music professors who review selected audio recordings and scores, not admissions officers. You should consider submitting work only if your playing or composing is a strong and important part of your application and demonstrates a high level of artistry for a high school musician. Please do not contact faculty directly to request a personal audition. You should submit a supplement through the Common Application SlideRoom program. Additional guidelines about music submissions can be found on the Department of Music website

If you wish to submit audio recordings or musical scores as a supplement to your application, you must do so online through the Common Application by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action candidates; January 1 for Regular Decision candidates; March 1 for transfer candidates). Please do not contact faculty directly to request a personal audition. You should submit a supplement through the Common Application SlideRoom program.

Supplementary Materials - Film

Whether or not you wish to major in Film and Media Studies as an undergraduate, if you are an advanced filmmaker you may consider submitting a sample of your work as part of your application to Yale. In deciding whether or not to do this, please bear in mind that Yale film faculty review submissions, not admissions officers. You should only consider submitting work if your filmmaking is a strong and important part of your application and demonstrates a high level of ability for a high school filmmaker.

If you wish to submit a film as a supplement to your application, you must do so online through the Common Application by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action candidates; January 1 for Regular Decision candidates; March 1 for transfer candidates).

Supplementary Materials - Dance

Yale College does not conduct dance auditions for applicants. Whether or not you wish to concentrate in dance studies as an undergraduate, you may consider submitting a dance video as part of your application to Yale. In deciding whether or not to do this, please bear in mind that it is Yale dance faculty who review selected dance recordings, not admissions officers. You should consider submitting work only if your dancing is a strong and important part of your application and demonstrates a high level of ability and artistry for a high school dancer.

The video should be no more than fifteen minutes in length and may contain a single work or excerpts of different pieces. If you wish to submit a video recording as a supplement to your application, you must do so online through the Common Application by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action candidates; January 1 for Regular Decision candidates; March 1 for transfer candidates). Please do not contact faculty directly to request a personal audition. You should submit a supplement through the Common Application SlideRoom program.

Supplementary Materials - Academic Work

If you have been engaged in advanced scientific research, you should consider requesting a letter of recommendation from a research mentor who has been involved personally with your scientific work. The letter should be submitted through SlideRoom or mailed to us directly from the mentor and include your full, legal name as it appears in your application and the name and state or country of the school you currently attend. If your research incorporated work from many individuals, or was part of a larger project, please indicate what specific contributions you made to the project. If you contributed to a paper on the work, you may also submit a research abstract or a full paper for possible review by a member of Yale’s science faculty. Full papers are generally more useful than abstracts. Scientific papers and abstracts should be submitted online through the Common Application by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action candidates; January 1 for Regular Decision candidates; March 1 for transfer candidates). 

If you are a creative writer whose work has been recognized at a regional or national level, you may consider submitting a sample of your work as part of your application. A carefully chosen short piece, or a collection of four or five poems, is preferable to a long manuscript or a large number of poems. Bear in mind that the required application essays are the most important “writing samples” in an admissions file. You should insert your creative writing sample into the Additional Information section of the Common Application. If you are unable to include the creative writing sample with your Common Application, you may also email your work to apply.questions@yale.edu with “Creative Writing Sample” in the subject line.

Supplementary Materials - Extra Recommendations

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.

Please ask the person writing a supplementary letter of recommendation to mail or fax their letter directly to the admissions office, including the following in the document: your full, legal name as it appears in your application, the name and location of the school you currently attend, and your date of birth.

If you have been engaged in advanced scientific research, you should consider requesting a letter of recommendation from a research mentor who has been involved personally with your scientific work.