In response to the pandemic, Yale has instituted a test-optional policy for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. 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. You will need to make the decision yourself as to whether you would like to send us your scores. The admissions office will not be able to assist you with that decision. Additional FAQs provide more information that may be helpful. For applicants who have previously applied to Yale University, all test results submitted in prior applications will be available for review.
You will need to make the decision yourself as to whether you would like to send your scores. The admissions office will not be able to assist you with that decision. If you have a score that you feel does not represent your academic strength or college preparedness, you should not feel any need to submit it. The “additional information” section of the application provides space to include details about personal circumstances and challenges that may be helpful to the committee when reviewing test scores and other elements of the application. For applicants who have previously applied to Yale University, all test results submitted in prior applications will be available for review.
A holistic review of an applicant’s postsecondary experience is required to determine if credits will transfer to Yale. Yale will not accept college credit for courses taken during high school, college credits awarded for Advanced Placement Tests, correspondence courses or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Credits for non-Yale online courses may be eligible for Yale credit under limited conditions. Online courses taken through Yale automatically transfer onto the Yale transcript.
Yes. Transfer applicants have an option to participate in an interview via StandOut, an online platform that enables applicants to record and submit a video interview for inclusion in the admissions file. Completing a StandOut interview is entirely optional. If you choose not to submit an online interview, it will not negatively affect the review of your application. Applicants may not request an interview with an admissions officer. After a preliminary review of complete applications, the Admissions Office will offer a select number of transfer applicants the opportunity to interview with an admissions officer.
Students who will have at least a year’s worth of transferable credit but no more than two years’ worth at the time of entry, you should apply for transfer admission. Students who will have less than a year’s worth of transferable credit at the time of entry should apply for first-year admission. Students who will have more than two years’ worth of transferable credit are not be eligible to apply for transfer admission. Note that college credits earned while in high school are not considered transferable credit.
If your college experience was delayed or interrupted for more than five years, you may be eligible to apply to the Eli Whitney Students Program. While all Yale College students earn bachelor’s degrees from Yale, there are a few differences between the two programs: transfer students must attend Yale full-time, while Eli Whitney students may choose to attend on a part-time or full-time basis. Tuition costs for Eli Whitney students vary depending on the number of credits taken in any given semester. The maximum amount of Yale Scholarship per semester for Eli Whitney students is capped at the cost of tuition. Transfer students are eligible for financial aid up to the full cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available to transfer students, but not Eli Whitney students.
The transfer deadline is March 1. Please note that transfer students may only apply to begin their studies in the fall semester.
Yes. Transfer students are eligible for the same need-based financial aid as students who enter as first-years. Yale’s financial aid policies meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all students, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Financial aid is awarded solely on the basis of financial need; merit-based scholarships are not available. For more information, visit the Financial Aid page or Estimate Your Cost in Three Minutes.
No. Transfer students must enter in the fall term.
No. Transfer students must attend Yale on a full-time basis. Students admitted through the Eli Whitney Students Program have the option to attend on a part-time or full-time basis.
Yes. Yale College admits students from both community colleges and four-year institutions. Please note that all transfer applicants are required to take either the SAT or the ACT regardless of when they completed high school.
Most courses in Yale College are semester courses that carry one credit. Generally speaking, a Yale course credit is the same as three or four credit hours or four and one-half quarter hours.
No. Yale will not evaluate college courses completed while a student was in high school, even if the course was taken on a college campus.
The Yale College Dean’s Office evaluates transcripts for all admitted transfer students to determine course transferability; courses that are similar to those available to Yale undergraduates are most likely to transfer. Admitted transfer students will receive an estimate of their transferable credits and the number of terms expected to complete a bachelor’s degree before replying to Yale’s offer of admission. Matriculating students receive a final transfer credit report after Yale receives an official final college transcript from the student’s previous institution.
The Yale Admissions Status Portal will allow you to view an Application Checklist of all required material and, eventually, your admissions decision. You can also use the Status Portal to request a change of address, change of primary email, etc. Given the volume of our application pool, admissions staff are unable to individually acknowledge receipt of documents over the phone. If there is a concern regarding one of your documents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The transfer application fee is $80. Fee waivers are available via the Common Application or the Coalition Application online for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Making fee waivers easy is one example of Yale’s commitment to being accessible to students from all backgrounds
Transfer applicants will receive their admissions decisions in mid-May through the Yale Admissions Status Portal. Applicants will receive email alert notifying them when decisions are available.
Every incoming transfer student is assigned to one of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges. On-campus housing is guaranteed to first-year students and sophomores, for whom residence is required. On-campus housing is generally available for all who request it, but availability is not guaranteed.
Yale rarely allows transfer students to postpone matriculation, but the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider requests in exceptional circumstances.
Yes, but you must submit a new application for admission in a subsequent year. A new application fee is also required. Please note that applications will not be considered from individuals who have submitted a total of three applications to Yale College, including a first-year application