First-Year Application Process News and Notes

March 2023: Extension of Test-Optional Policy to 2023-2024 Admissions Cycle

Yale will extend its test-optional policy for an additional year. All applicants for undergraduate admission for fall 2024 enrollment may apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. Please visit the standardized testing page for more details.

July 2022: Essay Topics for 2022-2023 Admissions Cycle

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has released the text of the Yale-specific short answer questions that will be included on applications for first-year admission in the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. Students applying to begin as first-year students in fall 2023 using the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge National College Match Application will complete some or all of these questions. The topics are available at