Application Deadlines

The deadlines to submit an application for first-year admission are:

Single-Choice Early Action: November 1.
Learn more about Single-Choice Early Action »

QuestBridge National College Match: November 1.
Learn more about Applying Through QuestBridge »

Regular Decision: January 2. 

Applicants must submit the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge National College Match Application online no later than these dates.

Recommendations from teachers and counselors

Please ask your teachers and counselors to submit the required forms by the postmark deadlines above whenever possible. The admissions office makes reasonable allowances for teachers and counselors who are unable to meet these deadlines.

Submitting required testing

Please review the standardized testing page for information on deadlines and policies for submitting standardized scores. In response to the pandemic, Yale has instituted a test-optional policy for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 admissions cycles. For all first-year applicants applying during these cycles, standardized tests are truly optional. Yale’s policy is designed to accommodate all students, and applicants who are unable to complete an exam or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged.

For applicants who choose to report scores, results that reach the admissions office by the first week of December for Early Action or by early March for Regular Decision will be considered.

Recommended submission dates for applications for Financial Aid:

Single-Choice Early Action

Regular Decision

Financial Aid Application

November 10

March 15

There is no strict deadline to apply for aid, but applicants are strongly encouraged to submit documents by the dates above. This will help ensure that, if admitted, you will receive a financial aid award letter at the same time as your offer of admission. View a list of required financial aid forms.

Admissions decision notification

Admissions decisions for Single-Choice Early Action candidates will be available online in mid-December. Decisions for Regular Decision candidates will be posted online via the Yale Admissions Status Portal by April 1. Both Early Action and Regular Decision applicants have until May 1 to reply to an offer of admission. Decisions are released exclusively via the Yale Admissions Status Portal.