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Transfer Program Instructions & Components

There are two ways to apply to Yale for transfer admission. Select the option that is right for you.

All applicants for transfer admission must submit one of the following:

  • The Coalition Application with Yale-Specific Questions
  • The Common Application with Yale-Specific Questions

Yale will accept either application, without preference for one over another. Students should submit one—and only one—application per admissions cycle.

Additional requirements for all transfer applicants:

  • $80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver Request
  • Two academic evaluations from college faculty members or teaching assistants
  • College Report from your current or most recent college
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report *Not required for 2020 admissions cycle*
  • Official transcripts—postsecondary and high school
  • SAT or ACT – not required for fall 2021 admission. See below.

See additional details about these required application components below.

$80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver Request

All payments and fee waiver requests are submitted through the Common Application or Coalition Application. If you feel that the college application fee presents a hardship for you, request an application fee waiver directly on the application.

Learn more on the fee waiver page »

Academic Evaluations

Academic evaluations must come from individuals who have taught you in a credit-bearing course on a college campus. These should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Letters from others (such as research mentors or supervisors) are supplemental and will not fulfill the academic evaluation requirement. Supplemental letters should be mailed to the undergraduate admissions office or emailed to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

College Report

The College Report is available for download from either the Common Application or Coalition Application. The College Report should be completed by a college official who has access to your full academic and disciplinary record, such as your Dean, Adviser or Registrar. The college official should mail the completed form to the undergraduate admissions office or email it to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

Transfer Mid-term Report *Not required for 2020 admissions cycle*

Transfer applicants who are currently enrolled in college coursework must submit the Transfer Mid-term report with in-progress grades for the semester. The Transfer Mid-term Report is available for download from the Common Application and Coalition Application. Mail the completed form to the undergradaute admissions office or email it to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

Official Transcripts—postsecondary and high school

Transfer applicants must submit official college transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts should be sent directly from the colleges/universities through the Common Application, Coalition Application, Parchment, or mailed to the undergraduate admissions office.

Transfer applicants must submit an official high school transcript, including graduation date. Transcripts should be mailed to the undergraduate admissions office or emailed to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

SAT or ACT

In response to the widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has temporarily suspended its requirement that transfer applicants submit results from the ACT or SAT during the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Applicants who are unable to complete an exam or who choose not to report exam scores will not be disadvantaged. Transfer applicants during this cycle may report ACT or SAT scores with their application or not.

For students applying for transfer admission in fall 2022 or later: applicants must submit official or self-reported scores from the SAT or ACT. The only exception is for students who are currently enrolled in college in countries where the exams are not offered. Students may submit self-reported scores on the application or through the Yale Admissions Status Portal.

Review Standardized Testing for Transfer Applicants for more information.