How to Get Into Yale: Essays and Strategies That Worked — Shemmassian Academic Consulting (2023)

Learn how hard it is to get into Yale, admissions requirements, and read successful essay examples

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Yale admissions requirements

Part 3: Applying to Yale early action vs. regular decision

Part 4: 2022–2023 Yale supplemental essays (examples included)

Part 1: Introduction

As you research, visit, and imagine your child attending an Ivy League or Ivy Plus school, your mind has likely flitted to New Haven, Connecticut, home to Yale University.

At Yale, you’ll find gothic spires and aged residential colleges reminiscent of Oxford and Cambridge, a library designed to look like a “cathedral to knowledge,” a whale-shaped hockey stadium home to an NCAA-winning team, one of the oldest and most famous student newspapers in the country, and a campus thrumming with a cappella groups and theater.

As the third-oldest university in the country, Yale is proud of both its history and its modern evolution. From pre-Revolutionary War buildings scattered around New Haven to architecture designed by Maya Lin and Eero Saarenin to state-of-the art labs on “science hill,” including a particle accelerator that even freshmen are allowed to use, Yale’s centuries of campus life truly persist every day.

Undergrads may study constitutional law alongside students at the top law program in the world or launch technology startups with the help of world-renowned biomedical engineering faculty members. They can travel the world on reporting trips with the Yale Globalist or international debating competitions with the Model U.N. team.

You don’t need us to tell you what Yalies go on to do: write Pulitzer-prize winning novels and journalism, earn Rhodes scholarships, get elected to public office (everything from New Haven aldermen to the Presidency), play professional sports, work on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley, or as magicians in Las Vegas.

So how can your child be a competitive applicant for this dream school? Read on to find out.

Yale University ranking

Yale is always near the top not only of Ivy League rankings, but of all major university rankings.

  • Forbes: 8

  • Niche: 4

  • U.S. News and World Report: 3 (tie)

  • Wall Street Journal: 6

Where is Yale?

Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a small city about 90 minutes via train from New York City, and about 30 minutes from other urban centers in Connecticut including Stamford and Hartford.

New Haven has its own airport, but it’s small. Students may fly into New York airports (JFK, LaGuardia, or Whiteplains in Westchester), Hartford, or Newark, New Jersey. Shuttles and trains connect to New Haven.

Yale setting

New Haven is an urban area with a population of about 135,000 people. It’s a diverse city that’s undergone a major renaissance as farmer’s markets, new businesses, and environmental initiatives crop up. Yale has spearheaded much of the urban makeover.

New Haven is a major cultural center in Connecticut, home to theater, restaurants, shops, and cafés.

Yale student population

  • Undergraduate students: 6,494

  • Graduate and professional students: 8,031

Yale acceptance rate

Here are the admissions statistics for Yale’s class of 2026:

  • Applications: 50,015

  • Acceptances: 2,234

  • Matriculants: 1,557

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  • Acceptance rate: 4.5%

    • Early Action acceptance rate: 10.9%

    • Regular Decision acceptance rate: 2.8%

(Suggested reading: Ivy League Acceptance Rates)

Yale tuition and scholarships

Yale’s 2022–2023 cost of attendance (i.e., tuition, room, board, and fees) is $80,700.

Yale offers need-based financial aid only and vows to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need without loans. Typically, families earning under $75,000 per year are not expected to contribute to the cost of attendance. 52 percent of students receive some amount of financial aid, and the average award is $66,362.

Who gets into Yale?

In order to help you assess your child’s odds of getting into Yale, we’ve put together the following statistics related to successful applicants:

Part 2: Yale admissions requirements

Yale academic requirements

Yale students aren’t just smart, boasting high grades and test scores. They also tend to be passionate about one or a handful of activities, and intellectually vivacious. You might meet anyone from the national debate champion to the national jump roping champion on campus.

That means there are no to few official requirements. Your child can be impressive and excellent in any number of ways. But overall, they should have challenged themselves, taking whatever advanced courses they have access to (APs, IBs, or community college classes, for instance), and invested time in extracurricular activities.

Yale notes that, not only should your child excel in rigorous coursework, that coursework should also be well balanced. This means taking courses each year in English, science, math, the social sciences, and foreign language.

Yale application requirements

In addition to all that, here’s what else your child will need in order to apply. Yale accepts the Common Application, the Coalition Application, and the Questbridge Application.

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  • Common App essay

  • Optional in 2022–2023: ACT or SAT test scores

  • Optional: IB, AP, or AICE test results

  • 2 teacher letters of recommendation

  • 1 counselor letter of recommendation

  • School report, transcript, and midyear senior year report

  • Optional and not necessarily encouraged: Supplemental materials only from students who have outstanding or unusual accomplishments, including musical scores, published research papers, films, etc.

Part 3: Applying to Yale early action vs. regular decision

Students can apply to Yale via single-choice early action, submitting all material by November 1st.

Yale, like many of its peers, shows higher acceptance rates for those who apply early. However, those numbers should not necessarily indicate that your child has a “better shot” at getting in by applying early, because early applicants tend to be an overall more qualified and better prepared pool.

Your child can also apply to Yale regular decision. The Yale regular decision deadline is January 2nd.

Should my child apply to Yale early?

Applying to Yale early is a good choice if Yale is your child’s top choice school, and if their application is ready. If they need another semester to improve their GPA, or another chance to improve test scores or extracurricular profiles, we recommend waiting to apply regular decision.

(Suggested reading: Early Action vs. Early Decision: Pros and Cons and What Your Child Should Do)

Part 4: 2022–2023 Yale supplemental essays (examples included)

(Note: While this section covers Yale’s admissions essays specifically, we encourage you to view additional successful college essay examples.)

In addition to the Common App personal statement, Yale applicants will answer a series of short answer questions as well as write several supplemental essays.

Before seeing some examples, let’s meet a few students, all of whom are closely based on or composites of the applicants we’ve worked with in nearly 20 years of advising.

  • Jason is an avid musician and scientist. He participates in piano competitions around New Jersey, and has also pursued independent research in a family friend’s neurology lab over a summer. He’s also interested in computer science.

  • Priya loves dance, theater, and history. She’s drawn to Yale in part because of its reputation in history, literature, and the arts in general.

  • Sergio is concerned and passionate about the environment. He grew up hiking and biking outside in California. He also has a knack for the sciences and has attended some gifted STEM student summer programs.

  • Olivia is heavily involved in her school’s newspaper, serving as both a writer and photographer. She’d like to spend a portion of her undergraduate years abroad, with a goal of studying history or journalism.

For 2022–2023, the Common App Yale supplemental essays are as follows.

Yale short answer questions

Question 1: Students at Yale have plenty of time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Please indicate up to three from the list provided. Why do these areas appeal to you? (125 words or fewer)

Olivia chooses: Film and Media Studies; Ethics, Politics, and Economics; and History.

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By the fifth buzz, I started pawing at my nightstand half-asleep, wondering who was texting me at 7am on a Saturday. My newspaper editor had heard about yet another protest occurring right outside our school. I dashed out of bed and rummaged through my closet for my Nikon so I could meet her at the scene. As I gathered my belongings, questions raced through my head. Who was there? What were they protesting? Why?

At Yale, I’ll continue asking important questions like these. By understanding the historical and political contexts that give rise to these events, I'll be able to tell better stories.

What’s great about Olivia’s answer?

  • Passion and intellectual curiosity. Olivia is clearly committed to her craft, waking up early on a Saturday to cover a protest in her neighborhood. She also seeks to develop an understanding of the larger societal forces that shape small communities like hers.

  • Specificity. In her first sentence, Olivia pulls the reader into the scene with descriptive and relatable language about “pawing at her nightstand.”Instead of “getting out of bed for a camera,” she “dashes out of bed, rummaging for a Nikon,” keeping the reader engaged and eager to know what happens next.

Question 2: Tell us about a topic or idea that excites you and is related to one or more academic areas you selected above. Why are you drawn to it? (200 words or fewer)

Jason writes:

“The A.I. Winter.” The first time I heard that phrase, I got shivers. It sounded like a phrase right out of a doomsday science fiction novel. And I learned that it was just about that. A PhD student in the neuroscience lab I worked in explained to me that there was a period when society lost interest in artificial intelligence. Scientists stopped imagining robots walking around, talking, looking like us, and helping us make society better.

And yet today, we live our lives around robots all the time. We keep artificial intelligence in our pockets and I’m writing this essay thanks to many versions of A.I. My neighbor lost a limb in a car accident and can walk because of a computerized leg. My father can’t wait for a driverless car to replace our commute. What happened between that A.I. winter and the technology boom today?

I’m interested in how society relates to these technologies. What made it possible for us to obsess over A.I. in the 70s, then “forget” about it for a while, and now return to it with new ideas and philosophies driving us? I hope I can use college to study Cognitive Science or even the History of Science and Medicine in order to better understand our brains and the machines that might increasingly resemble them.

What’s great about Jason’s answer?

  • He’s specific. First he hooks us with the term “A.I. winter,” which not every reader may be familiar with, and which shows that he’s thinking about a very specific idea—rather than, say, “I’m interested in technology,” which is too broad.

  • He illustrates the concept in a number of ways. The second paragraph shows that he’s thought about how technology manifests in today’s world and how it might manifest. He’s drawing intellectual connections, which is exactly what a liberal arts education requires.

  • He spins it forward. By mentioning what he might want to study, Jason carries through his interest to Yale. For a bonus, he might add a line about what makes Yale such a superb place to study Cognitive Science or History of Science and Medicine, but that’s not crucial, and might in fact come off as a little much if done wrong.

Question 3: What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)

Here’s Priya’s answer.

As I strolled down Old Campus Courtyard with my father, I noticed a young woman hard at work on an oil painting beneath the trees. Students walked by oohing and ahhing in appreciation of the lifelike scene on the canvas. Looking back on the numerous art shows I’d attended in NYC, I struggled to recall a time when I’d seen art met with such rapture. I want to be a part of Yale’s thriving artist community, where I can feel at home discussing the merits of serif vs. sans-serif, writing a paper on the genius of Jeff Koons, or perfecting my own lighting sculptures.

What’s memorable about Priya’s answer?

  • Demonstrated interest. Priya lets admissions officers know that she visited the campus, without saying so explicitly.

  • Continuity. Priya’s passion for the arts is clear in an academic light, but the reader gets the sense that her love of art bleeds into other areas of her life.

  • When answering the “Why us?” question, the biggest mistake students make is rattling off a list of classes, which can be easily discovered online. Priya’s reasons for her interest in Yale go beyond online research and make it clear that she’s not just another applicant tossing her name in the hat.

All this is proof, by the way, that it’s a great idea to consider a campus tour for at least your child’s top choice schools.

Quick responses in 35 words or fewer:

Question 4: What inspires you?

Jason writes:

My grandmother raised me in Seoul before I emigrated to the U.S. to meet my parents. She taught me how to read and cook. Talking to her reminds me whose shoulders I stand on.

Question 5: Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What would you ask them to discuss?

Sergio writes:

Believe it or not, I want to hear from Kanye West. I’d ask him what makes him want to live his life so out there and in public all the time.

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Question 6: You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?

Priya writes:

The Big Business of Mad Money. A history of the major musical artists of the 20th century, with a look into what made their music and their empires successful.

Question 7: What is something about you that is not included anywhere else in your application?

Olivia writes:

Most people think of me as a journalist, scurrying behind the scenes. Fewer know about an equally important passion: stand-up. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to make a room laugh.

What’s awesome about all these quick responses?

  • Personality. 35 words isn’t good for much except showing off a bit of personality, humor, and color! This isn’t a place for your child to go staid. Encourage them to be playful.

  • Unpretentiousness. Relatedly, these answers convey intelligence and curiosity without seeming too self-serious. Even Jason’s answer, which isn’t funny or light, manages sobriety without seeming pompous.

Yale supplemental essays

Question 8: Applicants should select ONE of the two prompts below and respond in 250 words or fewer.

Option 1: Yale carries out its mission “through the free exchange of ideas in an ethical, interdependent, and diverse community.” Reflect on a time when you exchanged ideas about an important issue with someone holding an opposing view. How did the experience lead you either to change your opinion or to sharpen your reasons for holding onto it?

Priya writes:

The first time my parents dropped me off at Hindu Heritage Summer Camp, I was furious. I didn’t want to spend my summer in Rochester, New York, with a bunch of other Indian kids. I wanted to go to theater camp. I wanted to play Anita in West Side Story. But by the end of the summer, I’d changed my mind.

Growing up with mostly white friends, I’d never been comfortable wearing a bindi or a salwar kameez. I quit my Kuchipudi classical dance classes when I was twelve and the teacher moved thirty minutes away. I replaced them with tap, jazz, and eventually some hip hop. But at HHSC, the days were filled with Indian things that, for the first time, didn’t make me feel strange. My grandparents had tried to teach me slokas and yoga when I was younger, and I’d always preferred to watch TV. But when I was surrounded by other desi kids my own age, I didn’t mind the prayers and pujas, and I actually loved yoga, the way it slowed down my constantly moving brain.

HHSC isn’t a constant community, because we always have to leave it. But I’ve gone back to be a counselor since, and I’m always in touch with some of my best friends from each summer. More than anything, HHSC taught me that the Hindu community in the U.S. is a home you can carry with you all year.

What’s great about Priya’s answer?

  • There’s a sense of story. Though there aren’t any specific anecdotes, characters, scenes, or even images in Priya’s essay, there’s still a sense of story. Why? Because she talks about a change she underwent.

  • She reflects on the community personally. Many people will interpret this question as an opportunity to discuss their community service hours. That might be fine, if your child can really tell as personal of a story about their community service hours as Priya does about her summer camp. But this question is an invitation for the applicant to get intimate, not to talk about the soup kitchen that may or may not have personally affected them.

Option 2: Reflect on a time when you have worked to enhance a community to which you feel connected. Why have these efforts been meaningful to you? You may define community however you like.

Jason writes:

I started learning piano when I was seven, shortly after arriving in New Jersey from Seoul. When I first met my teacher, Mrs. Bruno, I was nervous and worried because I didn’t speak much English. “Hi Jason,” Mrs. Bruno said brightly and shook my hand. We sat down on the piano bench and she played a scale, then motioned for me to imitate her. As my fingers hit the keys, I began to relax; I realized music was its own language.

I studied with Mrs. Bruno until I was fifteen. By then, I was beginning to enter the competition circuit. One day, Mrs. Bruno sat me down and said she felt she’d taken me as far as she could—if I wanted to keep improving, I needed another teacher.

I was crushed. Mrs. Bruno was one of the first people I came to trust after emigration, and her guidance had helped me adapt to my new life. But the more she explained, the more I understood she was trying to help me.

Since changing teachers, I’ve greatly improved as a musician. Though I hope to become a scientist, having a creative outlet in my life helps me access another side of myself, one attuned to emotion and beauty.

But equally valuable is my relationship with Mrs. Bruno. I no longer see her weekly, but we do catch up over coffee every few months. I’m proud to say that, though she’s no longer my teacher, she is now my friend.

What stands out about Jason’s essay?

  • A sense of narrative that’s grounded in specific anecdotes. Jason does a great job of anchoring his relationship with Mrs. Bruno in memories like shaking her hand and relaxing as he played the piano for the first time. His journey towards becoming a serious musician also gives the essay forward momentum.

  • Jason discusses what learning piano has meant to him from multiple angles. Not only does playing music provide a valuable counterpoint to his rational, scientific side, it also helped him develop a highly meaningful friendship.

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Final thoughts

Yale is a natural choice for any ambitious and precocious high school student. As a large research institution with a liberal arts approach to education, it will offer your child myriad opportunities. Every applicant should focus on getting to know Yale—and every other school to which they’re applying—so they can write with passion and specificity about why they’re the perfect fit.



What does Yale look for in their essays? ›

Bringing Your Application to Life

We encourage you to take the writing of the essays seriously and to write openly and honestly about activities, interests, or experiences that have been meaningful to you. What is most important is that you write in your own voice.

What GPA do you need to get into Yale? ›

You should also have a 4.14 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Yale, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application.

How many essays do you need to apply to Yale? ›

The Common Application is accepted at the greatest number of colleges and universities. Applicants may submit the same Common Application to as many colleges and universities as they like. Note that Yale also requires applicants to complete Yale-specific supplemental questions, including two additional short essays.

How do you stand out at Yale? ›

If you dream of attending Yale, you will need to achieve great scores on your ACT or SAT, a nearly perfect high school GPA from a curriculum of difficult courses, and participate in the types of extracurricular activities that allow you to demonstrate your interests and leadership potential.

How likely am I to get into Yale? ›

Yale is extremely selective: it accepts less than 5.3% of applicants every year. This means that fewer than seven out of every 100 students get into Yale. In order to be competitive as an applicant, you'll need to have near-perfect grades, excellent test scores, and standout essays.

What do Ivy leagues look for in essays? ›

But, broadly, we observe that the most selective colleges ask for students to demonstrate passion, leadership, initiative, intellectual vitality, and memorability. Remember that admissions committees evaluate these essays as part of a holistic narrative of a candidate—a successful essay doesn't guarantee admission.

How do I ace a Yale interview? ›

Tips for the Yale College Interview

Know your school! You don't have to be an expert on Yale's 319-year history, but you should at least be able to answer the “Why Yale?” question in verbal form. If anything, knowing a bit about famed Yale traditions and quirks will give you guys something to talk about.

What academics is Yale known for? ›

Included in the professional schools are the top-ranked Law School and highly ranked School of Management, School of Medicine , School of Art and School of Nursing. The School of Drama, School of the Environment, and Divinity School also have well-regarded graduate programs.

What's the lowest SAT score someone got into Yale with? ›

Yale has no official cutoff or minimum SAT score that they require from applicants.

What is the hardest college to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into
  1. Harvard. Cambridge, MA. 3.19%
  2. Columbia. New York, NY. 3.73%
  3. Caltech. Pasadena, CA. 3.92%*
  4. Stanford. Stanford, CA. 3.95%*
  5. MIT. Cambridge, MA. 3.96%
  6. Princeton. Princeton, NJ. 4.38%*
  7. Yale. New Haven, CT. 4.47%
  8. Brown. Providence, RI. 5.03%

Does Yale look at weighted or unweighted GPA? ›

What GPA do I need to get into Yale college admission? There is not much of a way to get around the fact that you need an unweighted grade point average of nearly 4.0 in order to pass Yale's admissions process and as part of Yale GPA and SAT requirements.

Does Yale read every application? ›

It means that we read every application cover to cover in order to understand the background, context, accomplishments, potential, interests, and character of each of our applicants.

Can I get into Yale with 3 A? ›

Yale University GPA requirements are difficult as you would expect from an Ivy League school. Most admitted students had or were close to an unweighted 4.0 GPA. So almost all straight A's across all four years of high school. Yale also wants to see that students have taken the most advanced classes available to them.

Is Yale hard academically? ›

As an Ivy League institution, Yale is regarded as both academically rigorous and highly competitive, with acceptance rates dropping below 10 percent in recent years. While knowing the basics is a good start, students must learn a lot more about any college on their best-fit list, and Yale University is no exception.

What is the easiest Ivy League to get into? ›

1. What's the easiest Ivy League school to get into? While all Ivy League schools have a low acceptance rate, Cornell University has the highest acceptance rate among them. Cornell's acceptance rate is 11%, but try not to get too hung up on the numbers.

Does not getting a Yale interview mean anything? ›

Are interviews required? No. Because of limited interviewing capacity, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prioritizes interviews for students for whom the Admissions Committee needs more information. Students who do not receive an interview invitation will not be disadvantaged.

Does getting a Yale interview mean anything? ›

It's essential to do well if you get one. However, if you don't get an interview, don't worry! It isn't a required part of the application process, and Yale doesn't interview all applicants. Your application won't be at a disadvantage if you don't get an interview.

Is Yale more selective than Harvard? ›

While the full picture for 2022 isn't yet available, here is a partial list of the Ivy League schools in ascending order of overall selectivity: Harvard (3.2%) Columbia (3.7%) Yale (4.5%)

Can you get into Yale with B? ›

Can you get into the Ivy League with mostly A's and a couple of B's? Yes, you can get into top schools with some B's, but it depends on the rest of your academic profile. And you should be asking yourself a few different questions about your high school GPA for a better understanding of your chances.

Is Yale the hardest school to get into? ›

Yale is ranked as the fifth hardest school to get into in the country, falling behind Harvard University, Stanford University, Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology. The university is designated as being "extremely selective" by Niche.

Which Ivy cares the most about essays? ›

For Essays, all Ivys except for Harvard indicated Essays are Very Important. Harvard only states they are considered. For Academic Rigor, Class Rank and Standardized Tests, and GPA, all Ivys indicate they are very important. (UPenn/Cornell state class rank is just Important to clarify).

How do I impress Ivy Leagues? ›

10 Application Tips To Stand Out To Ivy League Colleges During The Admissions Process
  1. Start early. ...
  2. Do thoughtful college research. ...
  3. Take time to write strong essays. ...
  4. Answer optional supplemental questions. ...
  5. Submit supplemental materials. ...
  6. Emphasize uniqueness, leadership, and impact. ...
  7. Submit test scores strategically.
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What GPA do Ivy Leagues like? ›

According to a series of self-reported surveys done by students that use US News, during the application for Fall 2020, more than half of the students admitted to Ivy League schools had a 4.0 GPA. The number of acceptances drastically decreases once you go lower than 3.7, although still a handful can be seen.

How does Yale decide who gets an interview? ›

How Is the Yale Interview Formatted? Yale University does not require interviews as part of its first-year application process, and students cannot request interviews. Instead, selected students—particularly those from whom admissions officers need more information—will be sent an interview invitation.

Does Yale look at demonstrated interest? ›

No. Yale does not track “demonstrated interest” in any form for the purpose of evaluating applications. Visiting campus or attending an information session can be an excellent way to learn more about Yale, but it will not affect your chances of admission.

What should I wear to a Yale interview? ›

Most students choose to wear a suit for an interview. Choose conservative colors, such as dark grey or navy. Wool blends last longer and wrinkle less. Skirt and pant suits are both appropriate.

What are the top 10 majors in Yale? ›

The most popular majors at Yale University include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; History; Engineering; Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies; Psychology; and Visual ...

What is the three most popular majors at Yale? ›

The Most Popular Yale College Majors
  • History (200)
  • Political Science (145)
  • Economics (128)
  • English (107)
  • Biology (98)

What is the cheapest Ivy League school? ›

Average Financial Aid: $58,244

Yale offers the largest average financial aid package — $58,000 per student. This immense financial support results in equivalently low tuition rates, and Yale offers the lowest average net cost among Ivy League schools, at under $18,000 per year.

What is the hardest Ivy League to get into? ›

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the US and consistently ranks #1 hardest Ivy League to get into. Founded in 1636, Harvard offers students a world-class education from some of the most brilliant professors in the world.

Does Yale accept poor students? ›

Affordable. For Everyone. Yale is committed to an admissions policy that does not consider a student's ability to pay, and a financial aid policy that meets the full need of all students with no loans required.

What is the best non Ivy League college? ›

Here are the 10 best non-Ivy League schools.
  • Stanford University.
  • Caltech.
  • UC Berkeley.
  • University of Chicago.
  • University of Michigan.
  • Northwestern University.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • Duke University.

What college has the happiest students? ›

The 10 Colleges With the Happiest Students
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN) ...
  • University of Dallas (Irving, TX) ...
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX) ...
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) ...
  • Auburn University (Auburn, AL) ...
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) ...
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
Jan 4, 2023

What is the hardest undergrad major? ›

Top 15 Hardest College Majors Table of Contents
  • Chemistry.
  • Environmental Economics and Policy.
  • Environmental Earth Science.
  • American Studies.
  • Nuclear Engineering.
  • Energy Engineering.
  • Astrophysics.
  • Applied Mathematics.
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What is the average high school GPA for Yale? ›

Average GPA: 4.14

(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.) With a GPA of 4.14, Yale requires you to be at the top of your class.

What is a 95 GPA on a 5.0 scale? ›

The Weighted GPA Conversion Chart
Letter GradePercentageAP/IB GPA
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Jan 23, 2020

Does Yale offer full ride scholarships? ›

All financial aid for Yale undergraduates is need-based. Yale College does not award merit-based scholarships.

Does Yale look at class rank? ›

Yale does not calculate Class rank or standing.

What grade does Yale look at? ›

As an elite Ivy League school, Yale will examine your grade history from all four years of high school whereas less exclusive schools tend to weigh your performance in your junior and senior year more heavily. However, you should make sure that your senior course load reflects a rigorous program of study.

Does Yale send rejection letters? ›

Sadly, only a small group of those students will end up getting in, and the truth is that most students who are waitlisted will ultimately receive a rejection letter.

What is the highest GPA to get into Yale? ›

In truth, you need close to a 4.0 unweighted GPA to get into Yale. That means nearly straight As in every class.

What is the lowest GPA to get into Yale? ›

You should also have a 4.14 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Yale, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.

What type of students does Yale want? ›

We look for students who have consistently taken a broad range of challenging courses in high school and have done well. Your high school teachers can provide extremely helpful information in their evaluations.

What GPA is an A at Yale? ›

General Honors

Why is Yale so prestigious? ›

The prestigious university is ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. For the 2022-2023 freshman class, Yale had its lowest acceptance rate yet: 4.46%. It's best known for its strong reputation, exceptional undergraduate teaching, and excellent music and drama programs.

Are Yale students smart? ›

Harvard and Yale tie for No.
Here are America's Ivy League schools ranked by student brainpower:
Smarts Rank1
Overall Smarts Rank3
SchoolYale University
Average SAT1505
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Oct 9, 2015

What does the Yale University focus on? ›

Yale is both a research university and a liberal arts college. Yale students and professors pursue innovative scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering.

Does Yale look at SAT essay? ›

SAT vs ACT: The Yale Admissions Committee does not prefer one test over the other, and students who submit both the SAT and ACT are not at an advantage. The ACT Essay section is optional. Applicants who opt to complete the Essaysection may self-report their Essay subscore on the application.

What do universities look for in essays? ›

Colleges look for three things in your admission essay: a unique perspective, strong writing, and an authentic voice. People in admissions often say that a great essay is one where it feels like the student is right there in the room, talking authentically to the admissions committee!

What major is famous at Yale? ›

The Most Popular Yale College Majors
  • Economics (140)
  • Political Science (134)
  • Biology (105)
  • History (103)
  • Psychology (90)

What is the number one major at Yale? ›

The most popular majors at Yale University include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; History; Engineering; Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies; Psychology; and Visual ...

What is the lowest SAT score for Yale? ›

There's no absolute SAT requirement at Yale, but they really want to see at least a 1470 to have a chance at being considered.

What is the average unweighted GPA for Yale? ›

On an unweighted scale, the typical high school grade point average for a Yale student is reported to be 3.95, according to the data provided by Yale students who have provided their GPA scores as part of the application process.

What is the minimum SAT score to get into Yale? ›

Yale University is extremely selective with an acceptance rate of 6%. Students that get into Yale University have an SAT score between 1460–1570 or an ACT score of 33–35. Regular applications are due January 2.

What should you not do in a university essay? ›

Even the best students can make easy slip-ups without being informed of what NOT to do when it comes to writing up your academic essays.
Here are five mistakes to avoid when writing a university assignment.
  • Bad spelling and grammar. ...
  • Lack of evidence. ...
  • Poor structure. ...
  • Repetition. ...
  • Plagiarism.
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What should I not include in my college essay? ›

15 Topics to Avoid in Your College Essays
  • Inappropriate Topics.
  • A Rehash of Your Activities List and Transcripts.
  • Relationships, Romance, and Breakups.
  • Writing About Your Hero.
  • The Sports Story.
  • Tragedies.
  • Highly Personal Topics.
  • Controversial Topics: Politics, Religion, and More.
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What impresses college admissions officers? ›

Basically, there are six main factors that college admissions officers consider: AP classes and challenging course loads, high school GPAs, SAT and ACT scores (unless they are test-optional), meaningful extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement.


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