There are three ways to apply to Yale for first-year admission. Select the option that is right for you.
All applicants for first-year admission must submit one of the following:
- The Coalition Application with Yale-Specific Questions
- The Common Application with Yale-Specific Questions
- The QuestBridge Application with Yale QuestBridge Questionnaire
Yale will accept any one of these applications, without preference for one over another. Students should submit one—and only one—application per admissions cycle.
Additional requirements for all first-year applicants:
- $80 application fee or fee waiver
- Recommendations from two teachers and one counselor
- School Report with transcript
- Standardized test results (ACT or SAT) – not required for fall 2021 or 2022 admission. See below.
- Mid-Year Report (due when first semester/term senior grades are available at your school)
See additional details about these required application components below.
- Application Deadlines
- Application Acknowledgment, Checklist, and Admissions Decisions
- Single-Choice Early Action
- Supplementary Materials
- Sending Application Materials
- Applying for Financial Aid
$80 application fee or fee waiver
Applicants should pay the $80 application fee via the Common Application or Coalition Application website. The QuestBridge Application is free, but only students named QuestBridge Finalists may apply to Yale with the QuestBridge Application.
Applicants using the Common Application or Coalition Application may request that the application fee be waived. If you feel that your college application and financial aid application fees present a severe hardship for your family, please do not hesitate to request a fee waiver. You will not need to submit supporting documentation unless specifically asked to do so.
Recommendations from two teachers and one counselor
Request recommendations from two teachers who have taught you in core academic subjects (e.g. English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) who know you well, and who have seen you at your best. It is preferable, but not required, that recommendations come from teachers who have taught you during your junior or senior year of high school. Letters from these teachers are typically the most illuminating. Yale does not encourage supplemental recommendations. Those considering a supplemental recommendation should first read Supplementary Materials-Extra Recommendations.
Also request a recommendation from your school counselor. If your counselor does not know you well, the recommendation may still provide helpful contextual information about your school and its academic programs. If your school does not have someone serving as a college counselor, please request a recommendation from a school administrator.
School Report with transcript
Your counselor or other school official should submit a School Report with an official transcript that includes all your secondary school courses, including any courses completed at a previous secondary school or at a college. If courses taken at other secondary schools or colleges do not appear on your current secondary school’s official transcript, please request official transcripts from those institutions directly.
Recommendations and transcripts should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application website. For QuestBridge Finalists, recommendations and transcripts are automatically forwarded to Yale with the QuestBridge Application. If necessary, teachers and counselors may also submit their recommendations and transcripts via mail or digital upload. Recommendations may be sent before or after you submit your application; materials that arrive before your application will be kept on file. The admissions office will make reasonable allowances for late school documents in situations where it is not possible for teachers and counselors to meet the application deadlines.
Standardized test results
In response to the widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has temporarily suspended its requirement that first-year applicants submit results from the ACT or SAT during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 admissions cycles (Classes of 2025 and 2026). Applicants who are unable to complete an exam or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged. First-year applicants during these cycles may report ACT or SAT scores with their application or not.
More information on Yale’s test policies is available on the standardized testing page. Standardized tests are just one component of a student’s application and are viewed within the context of the student’s entire file. There is no minimum score required for admission, nor is there a score that will guarantee admission.
All applicants for first-year admission who have not already graduated from secondary school should submit a mid-year report with official grades from the first marking period of the current academic year as soon as those grades are available. A school counselor or official should submit the grades directly to Yale, online via the Common Application or Coalition Application, or via mail or digital upload.