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Yale Admissions Information

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut (map)


Founded in 1701, Yale is among the oldest universities in the nation and is a member of the Ivy League. Yale students enjoy access to some of the best academic resources in the nation. The University offers over 2000 courses each year, with 75% of its classes enrolling 20 students or fewer. The 6:1 student to faculty ratio offers the chance to work closely with some of the world’s most renowned professors. One of Yale’s signature features is its undergraduate housing system. All first-year students are randomly assigned to one of twelve residential colleges, where they live, eat, socialize, and pursue various academic and extracurricular activities. This system, based on the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, builds strong community bonds among students. In fact, over 80% of Yale undergraduates choose to keep living in their residential colleges until graduation.

With 350 active clubs and organizations, from Mock Trial to the Glee Club to the Anime Society, there are extracurricular options for every taste. In addition, the famous Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History gives free admission to all Yale students. This is a great option for a family visit or a lazy Saturday. And if you tire of campus offerings, New York City and Boston are only a short drive (or train ride) away.



Basic Info

Main Address: PO Box 208241
New Haven, CT 06520-8241
Phone Number: (203) 432-4771  
Website: www.yale.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban, small city  
Athletics: Division I, Intercollegiate, Club, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,275  
Percent out-of-state: 93%  
Percent international: 9%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 6:1  
Most popular majors: Economics, History, Political Science, and Government  
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed dorms
100% of first-year students live on campus
First-year students are permitted to have a car on campus
Students are randomly assigned to one of twelve residential colleges, where they live, eat, socialize, and pursue various academic and extracurricular activities. All undergraduate housing is provided through this residential college system.
Special housing for students with disabilities
88% of all undergraduates live on campus
350 registered clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities  

Fun Facts

  • #1 Best College Newspaper
  • #3 Best College Theater
  • #7 Happiest Students
  • #3 Best Career Services
  • #6 Great Financial Aid

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of only 8%, Yale is one of the most selective universities in the country. The admissions committee takes a holistic approach when evaluating applications; for example, it considers a student's entire standardized testing history, rather than his or her best scores only. Yale admissions officers consider academic performance throughout high school as generally more important than standardized test scores. That being said, admitted students are commonly in the 700-800 (per section) SAT score range and 30-34 score range for the ACT.

In addition to academic abilities, the committee looks at extracurricular activities, talent/ability, and character/personal qualities. Overall, the University actively seeks individuals who are highly motivated, able to take advantage of Yale's resources, and driven to be leaders for their generation. According to admissions officials, many of the applicants to Yale are highly qualified; however, the combination of things that a student has to offer is often what determines an acceptance.

Admissions address: Mailing Address:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 208234
New Haven, CT 06520-8234

Street Address: (for FedEx, UPS, TNT, DHL, etc.)
Yale University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
38 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone number: (203) 432-9300  
Fax number: (203) 432-9392  
Admissions Website: admissions.yale.edu  
Email: student.questions@yale.edu  
Contact Person: Margit Dahl, Director of Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 26,003  
Percent of applicants admitted: 8%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: December 31  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (with supplements required)  
Admission requirements: Common application and Yale supplement
$75 application fee or request for fee waiver
Two teacher recommendations
School report (includes transcript and counselor recommendation)
International supplement to the secondary School report (if applicable)
Home-school supplement to the secondary school report (if applicable)
Standardized test results
International applicants: TOEFL
Mid-year report (due when first semester or trimester senior grades become available)
Final report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT Reasoning Test with Writing and 2 Subject Tests OR ACT with Writing)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: All scores must be sent; the full testing history is reviewed by the admissions committee.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3987  
ACT code: 0618  
Learn more about other Ivy Leauge schools:
Princeton   Brown University   Dartmouth   Harvard  

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