Yale’s standardized testing requirements are the same for all applicants, regardless of the application platform they use. For first-year applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, Yale has instituted a test-optional admisisons policy. For all students applying during this cycle, standardized tests are truly optional: you may report ACT or SAT scores with your application, or not. 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.
First-year applicants for fall 2022 and later will be required to submit results for either – the ACT or the SAT. For applicants who submit scores, official score reports from a testing agency are not required. Self-reported scores are used for the seleciton process. Applicants who are admitted and choose to enroll at Yale will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrolling. Discrepancies between self-reported and official scores will result in the withdrawal of an offer of admission.
Interested students should submit a complete QuestBridge National College Match Application to the QuestBridge organization by the September deadline. The QuestBridge organization reviews these applications and selects Finalists in October. QuestBridge Finalists may rank Yale in the National College Match or may submit their QuestBridge National College Match Application to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action or regular decision rounds.
All QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale but do not match with Yale or another binding partner college are automatically considered in Yale’s regular decision process and will be notified of an admissions decision by April 1. These students should submit the QuestBridge Midyear report as soon as first trimester or first semester grades are available. Applications from QuestBridge Finalists who match with a binding partner college are automatically withdrawn.
Yale will automatically receive the QuestBridge application materials for QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale in the National College Match. After activating your Yale Admissions Status Portal, please complete the short Yale QuestBridge Questionnaire, available via the portal. Applicants who do not match with Yale or a binding QuestBridge partner college are considered in the Regular Decision process and should submit the QuestBridge MidYear Report as soon as first trimester or first semester grades are available. Applicants who are admitted and choose to enroll at Yale must submit official standardized tests scores prior to enrolling.
No. Interviews are not required for first-year applicants. After sharing your QuestBridge National College Match application with Yale, you may be contacted by a Yale student or graduate to arrange an interview, either in-person or online. Some QuestBridge Finalists are offered interviews during the QuestBridge College Match process, and others are interviewed during the regular decision process. If you are contacted for an interview, you are encouraged to reply and schedule the interview as soon as possible. If you are not contacted for an interview, don’t worry; Yale does not disadvantage applicants we are unable to interview. High school seniors who visit campus in the summer or fall may also schedule an on-campus interview with a Yale senior, before or after applying. For more information see admissions.yale.edu/interviews.
By sharing your QuestBridge Application with Yale you will also share the essays, recommendations, and transcripts you submitted to the QuestBridge organization in September. You will be asked to complete the short Yale QuestBridge Questionnaire after you activate your Yale Admissions Status Portal. The questionnaire will ask you to identify up to three Yale majors that interest you, and to reflect on your academic interests and your interest in Yale. If you would like to send new information to the Yale Admissions Committee that was not available when you completed your QuestBridge Application (e.g. new honors and awards), use the appropriate form on your Yale Admissions Status Portal.
No. QuestBridge Finalists are evaluated using the same standards as all Yale applicants, taking into account the context of a student’s high school program, family circumstances, and personal achievements. QuestBridge Finalists do not have an advantage or disadvantage in the admissions process compared to other applicants, and QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale are not at an advantage or disadvantage compared to Finalists who do not rank Yale or who do not participate in the match.
No. Students should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. Students who chose to share their QuestBridge Applications with Yale for consideration in the National College Match, single-choice early action, or regular decision may not also apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application.
Yes. Review Yale’s policies for submitting supplementary materials (music, art, dance, film, scientific research) via SlideRoom at admissions.yale.edu/supplementary.
Yes. Finalists who opt out of the National College Match completely (i.e. do not rank any colleges) may share their QuestBridge application with Yale for either single-choice early action or regular decision. Finalists who participate in the National College Match but do not rank Yale and do not match with a binding school may share their QuestBridge application with Yale for regular decision. Applicants must ensure that all required application materials are sent by the appropriate deadline: Nov. 1 for single-choice early action, Jan. 1 for regular decision.
Yes. Students named QuestBridge Finalists who choose to opt out of the National College Match (i.e. do not rank any colleges) may apply to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action round using their QuestBridge National College Match application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application. Instructions for submitting your QuestBridge application to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action program are available on our website. All single-choice early action applicants must follow Yale’s policies on applying to other colleges and universities. QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale in the National College match are not considered early action applicants. QuestBridge Finalists may not participate in the National College match and also submit a separate application to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action round.
No. Yale provides full need-based financial aid (with no loans required) to all admitted students and will meet every student’s demonstrated need regardless of when or how a student applies for admission. Yale is only able to match with QuestBridge Finalists whose completed financial aid documents qualify them for a zero parental contribution according to Yale’s financial aid policies. All admitted students with demonstrated financial need, however, qualify for a Yale financial aid award that meets 100% of demonstrated need without loans.
Yes. Yale considers all applicants regardless of citizenship and awards need-based financial aid to all students regardless of citizenship.
No. Being selected as a QuestBridge Finalist does not prevent a student from applying to Yale using the Common Application or Coalition Application for single-choice early action or regular decision. Students who apply using the Common Application or Coalition application, however, may not share their QuestBridge Application with Yale for the National College Match, single-choice early action or regular decision. Students may submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle.
Yes. Students who are not named QuestBridge Finalists may still apply to Yale for single-choice early action or regular decision. These students must submit either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Students who are not named QuestBridge Finalists may not share their QuestBridge National College Match Application with Yale. Yale has no preference for one application option over another, and all students are eligible for the same need-based financial aid, regardless of how or when they apply.