Transfer Application Instructions

If you would like to apply for entrance in the 2014 fall semester, please submit your application online using the Common Application on or before March 1, 2014. You will need to create a Common Application account and select Yale as one of the colleges to which you plan to apply so that your Common Application will include Yale-specific questions and the Yale Writing Supplement. The Common Application is easy to use and ensures quick and accurate transfer of your personal information to our database. 

Required Application Materials:

General Instructions

Use your full legal name on all admissions documents, including transcripts, recommendations, the Registrar Report, standardized test results, etc. We will file your application under the full legal name that you provide on your Common Application. It is important to use the same name and the same format on all materials. Your record and test scores will not be linked in our system if the names do not match.

You should submit most of your documents online via the Common Application. High school and college transcripts as well as the Mid-Term Report should be mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please scroll down to the “Mailing Instructions” section at the bottom of this page for the address.

Within three weeks of receipt of your application, we will send an email to the email address you listed on your application. Please use one email address throughout the application cycle. If your email address changes, please send that information to lisa.indich@yale.edu as soon as possible in case we need to contact you via email.

If you wish to request financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid page.


Common Application with Yale-Specific Questions and the Yale Writing Supplement

Please apply to Yale online using the Common Application’s Transfer Application. Be sure to select Yale as one of the colleges to which you plan to apply so as to ensure that Yale-specific questions and the Yale Writing Supplement will be included. The Common Application gives you the opportunity to tell us why you wish to transfer and to let us know more about your background and interests. The Yale-specific questions and the Writing Supplement in the Common Application will help the Admissions Committee understand you and the ways in which Yale College might enable you to achieve your academic and personal goals.

$75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver Request

Applicants should pay the $75 application fee by credit card, debit card, electronic check, or PayPal via the payments form on the Common Application website. The Common Application website requires that you pay your fee online using one of the methods provided. You may not submit a personal check or money order to pay an application fee.

You may request that your 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 Common Application’s qualifications as outlined above, please consider the final bullet point carefully. Is there an adult in your community (a teacher, counselor, clergy member, administrator, town official, QuestBridge staff member, EducationUSA staff member, etc.) who could attest to your family’s economic situation and your need for a fee waiver? If the answer is yes, please do not hesitate to request a fee waiver. You will not need to submit supporting documentation, unless specifically asked to do so. Please read more about the guidelines that Yale has historically used to determine if students qualify for fee waivers on our Fee Waiver page. The fee waiver qualification scale is based on family size and income in US dollars, but is applicable to all international students as well as US residents.

Registrar Report

Please request that the Registrar at your current college complete the Registrar Report. You will use the “Invite Registrar” feature on the Common Application website to send an email to your Registrar. Once the Registrar receives this request, the Registrar can either submit the report and your transcript electronically or he/she can opt out of the online process. If the Registrar chooses the latter, the Common Application will generate a .pdf version of the Registrar Report form which you can access from your Common App account. You will then print out the form and give it to the Registrar to complete. The Registrar should send the completed form and your official college transcript to the mailing address noted at the bottom of this page.

Official College Transcripts

Please ask the Registrar of your present college or university (and the Registrars of any previous colleges) to send us an official transcript of your college record. The transcript from your current college should be mailed after fall term grades or fall and winter quarter grades are recorded. The Admissions Office requires that you send official transcripts from every college/university you have attended. Transfer applicants who gain admission or are on the waiting list must also submit spring term transcripts.

Recommendations from Academic Evaluators

Ask two of your college professors (or teaching assistants) to write Academic Evaluator recommendations. These recommendations should be submitted electronically through the Common Application website. You will use the “Assign Recommenders” feature on the Common Application site to send emails to your professors, which will include a link and instructions for submitting their recommendations online. You may not use recommendations from secondary school teachers in lieu of recommendations from college faculty.

 

Official Final High School Transcript

The official transcript from your current or most recent college should be accompanied by the Registrar Report noted above. Transcripts from your current college should be sent after fall term grades, or fall and winter quarter grades, are recorded. Official transcripts from all other colleges you have attended should be mailed to us at the address noted at the bottom of this page. The Admissions Office requires that you send official transcripts from every college/university you have attended. Transfer applicants who gain admission or are on the waiting list must also submit spring term transcripts.

Standardized Testing

You must submit official results from either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Plus Writing. Please review the Standardized Testing for Transfer Applicants for more information.

Mid-Term Grade Report

The mid-term grade report is due when spring mid-term grades become available. Please download the Mid-Term Report form from the Common Application website.

Interviews

Yale does not offer evaluative interviews for transfer applicants.

Submitting Transcripts and Other Documents

High schools and colleges should mail official transcripts to the addresses noted in the Mailing Instructions below. You should also mail the completed Mid-Term Report to the Admissions Office. Other documents should be submitted online via the Common Application. If you wish to submit supplementary materials for art, music, film or academic work, please view our detailed instructions on submitting supplementary materials

Mailing Instructions

Send all completed forms and other documents, if by U.S. Postal Service, to:
Transfer Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University
P.O. Box 208234
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8234

If by overnight delivery company such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL, send to:
Transfer Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University
38 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511