So, you’re thinking about applying to Yale, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 5.91%, admission to Yale is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1560, or an ACT score of around 35.
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2019 Yale Admissions Statistics: Class of 2023
Yale ACT Average Score and Percentile Scores
|ACT Average Score||33|
|25th Percentile Score||32|
|75th Percentile Score||35|
Yale SAT Average Score and Percentile Scores
|SAT Average Score||1540|
|25th Percentile Score||1420|
|75th Percentile Score||1590|
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at Yale’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
2019 Yale Application Requirements: Class of 2023
Here’s a full list of the application requirements:
|Fill out the Common Application|
|Answer Yale’s supplementary questions|
|Pay the $80 application fee (or apply for a fee waiver)|
|Submit your SAT or ACT Score Reports and writing score|
|Submit two SAT Subject Test scores|
|Submit your high school transcript and a school report|
|Submit 2 Letters of Recommendation from teachers|
|Submit 1 Letter of Recommendation from your guidance counselor|
|As a senior, submit a mid-year school report|
2019 Cornell Application Deadlines Class of 2023
Here are the deadlines you should be aware of:
|Single-Choice Early Action||November 1st|
|Regular Decision||January 2nd|
|Early Financial Aid Application||November 11th|
|Regular Decision Financial Aid Application||March 15th|
Early Action decisions are released in mid-December. Regular Decision applicants can find out their fates online by April. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students
Have you been admitted to Yale? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
2019 Yale Admitted Students Profile: Class of 2023
If you matriculate at Yale, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to choose from dozens of majors.
Here’s a breakdown of where the class of 2016’s admitted applicants come from:
- New England: 30.7%
- Mid-Atlantic: 9.5%
- South: 12.5%
- Midwest: 11.8%
- Southwest: 5.2%
- West: 15.5%%
- Pacific: 16.8%
- Other: 14.9%
Yale has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- African American: 10.8%
- Asian American: 19.1%
- Hispanic/Latino: 12.9%
- Native American: 2.6%
- White: 51.8%
- International: 11.5%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Yale College offers over 80 majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here’s a partial list:
- Global Affairs
- Ethics, Politics, and Economics
- Computer Science
- Biomedical Engineering
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Yale Tuition Figures
At $66,445, Yale’s tuition is astronomical. With its generous financial aid, the average family can expect to pay about $21,142 per year.
Here’s a fuller look at the average tuition/financial aid package in 2016:
- Total budget: $66,445
- Average financial aid package: $43,989
- Average annual tuition payment: $21,142
- With financial aid, the average cost of attendance for low-income students: $8,743
Now, what is life like at Yale? Let’s take a look.
Yale is located in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, with a 260-acre Collegiate Gothic campus. It has been rated as the most beautiful college campus in the United States.
Yale freshmen are randomly assigned to one of 12 residential colleges, which are more communities than mere dorms. Each college has its own distinct architecture, courtyard, dining hall, library, and activity center (among which are a movie theatre, a recording studio, and a gym.)
Remember, you’re going to Yale for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Yale students are required to complete 36 courses over eight semesters in order to graduate. There are various distributional requirements each year, as well as a foreign language requirement.
Some of Yale’s more interesting majors:
- Ethnicity, Race & Migration
- Modern Middle East Studies
- History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
- Film and Media Studies
Yale’s academic year begins in late August and ends in mid-May, with fall and spring semesters.
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Yale.
Student Life at Yale
Yale has over 100 student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and political interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a look at three Yale student groups:
- The Yale Record, founded in 1872—the oldest humor magazine in the world
- The Yale Daily News, first published in 1878
- The Yale Political Union, which is advised by political leaders such as former presidential candidate and Secretary of State John Kerry, a Yale alum (the guy who beat him in 2004, former President George W. Bush, is also a Yalie!)
Are you an athlete? Yale’s got plenty of options for you!
Yale is in the NCAA Division I Ivy League and competes in 35 intercollegiate sports. If you’re not up to varsity level, there are plenty of club and intramural sports, as well.
Yale’s intercollegiate teams include:
- Men’s basketball
- Men’s crew
- Men’s golf
- Men’s ice hockey
- Men’s lacrosse
- Men’s swimming and diving
- Women’s basketball
- Women’s crew
- Women’s ice hockey
- Women’s swimming and diving
Yale has a big-time rivalry with Harvard, and each year there is a famous football stand-off called “The Game,” which is a big event for Yale and Harvard students (it is played on each campus every other year). The Harvard-Yale Regatta, which occurs before the football game, is also a big deal.
Who might you become with a Yale degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Notable Yale Alums
Yale has produced U.S. Presidents, Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners, governors, U.S. Senators and Representatives, Supreme Court Justices, cabinet secretaries, business tycoons, military leaders, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman
- Pulitzer Prize Winner Bob Woodward (one-half of the famous reporting duo that uncovered the Watergate scandal)
- Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin
- Henry Luce, co-founder of Time Magazine
- U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W.Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney
- William Howard Taft, President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1921-1930
- Former Secretary of State and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry
- William F. Buckley, conservative icon and founder of the National Review
- Larry Kramer, playwright, and gay activist
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Yale is extremely competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no.
If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the Ivy League schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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