U.S. Military Veterans

Yale’s connections to the military have been long-standing, and we welcome applications from veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Veterans bring experience and perspective that enhance discussions and learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Many student veterans at Yale took college classes while on active duty and/or pursued college study at community colleges or four-year institutions after discharge. While most former service members wishing to pursue undergraduate study at Yale apply through the Eli Whitney Students Program (EWSP) for nontraditional students, eligible students may instead choose to apply as first-year applicants or transfer applicants. This Yale News story, profiling two student veterans and an active duty Marine, provides insights into what it is like to be a student veteran at Yale. A Yale education is very affordable for veterans as Yale is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. Veterans may choose to replace their military education benefits with Yale’s need-based financial aid. Yale grants application fee waiver requests from candidates who are serving or have served in the U.S. military.

Yale is one of the first colleges to partner with Service to School’s Vetlink Program which supports veterans in their college search process. The Warrior-Scholar Project, founded by Yale alumni, offers free summer academic workshops at college campuses throughout the country to enlisted veterans planning on attending college. Yale encourages servicemembers and veterans to seek out both opportunities.

Veterans and active military personnel with questions about Yale or about the admissions process should email Patricia Wei, Director of Veterans Outreach, at patricia.wei@yale.edu.

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