First-Year Application Process News and Notes

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

February 2022 - Extension of Test-Optional Policy to 2022-23 Admissions Cycle

In response to the ongoing disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale will extend its test-optional admissions policy for an additional year. All applicants for undergraduate admission for fall 2023 enrollment may apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. 

Applicants who have successfully completed one or more ACT or SAT exams should consider including scores, even if those scores are below the middle 50% ranges listed on the admissions website. Yale’s internal research has consistently shown that ACT and SAT scores are a significant predictor of a student’s undergraduate academic performance. When students include scores with their applications, the Yale Admissions Committee evaluates them within each student’s unique context and uses them to augment other academic indicators throughout the application. 

For applicants without scores, the Admissions Committee places greater weight on other parts of the application, such as high school transcripts, recommendation letters, and essays. Competitive candidates with or without scores are those whose applications clearly demonstrate a high degree of academic preparedness, a consistent record of scholastic success, and genuine intellectual curiosity.

If public health conditions improve, Yale will decide on a long-term standardized testing policy in winter 2023. This decision will be informed by the data and insights generated from the 2021, 2022, and 2023 admissions cycles.