What is Yale University?

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Key Facts:

Score expectations:

GPA: 4.0 (top of class) SAT: 1550 (bare minimum: 1490) ACT: 34

Desired traits:

  • Community involvement
  • Interest in Yale’s facilities
  • Strong academics
  • Uniqueness

Acceptance rate:


QS World University Ranking:


US News ranking:

3 (tied)

Difficulty ranking:


Admissions requirements:

  • High school academic transcript
  • An ACT or SAT score
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application essay
  • Extracurricular activities

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A little more about Yale

Being one of the most well-known education institutions in the US, Yale is one of the more difficult Ivy League colleges to gain admission into. Given Yale’s elite status, even among the Ivy Leagues, the college has very high expectations when it comes to academics, including high school results and standardised test results.

Like most colleges, Yale claims there are no score cut-offs for standardised tests, such as the SAT and ACT, which means if your results aren’t as strong as you might have hoped, you can compensate in other areas of your application.

Having said that, the lower your score drops, the more you jeopardise your chances of admission, despite the “no cut-off” logic. In the most recent intake of freshmen at Yale, the range between the 25th and 75th percentiles on standardised tests were:

SAT Verbal: 710-800 SAT Math: 710-790 SAT Writing: 720-800 ACT: 32-35

Anything below the 25th percentile and you will struggle to make up for lost ground in other parts of your application and gain admission.

While academics are important, Yale also look for other qualities in their potential students. According to the website, two questions guide admissions officers when reviewing applications:

  • Who will contribute most significantly to the Yale community?
  • Who is likely to make the most of Yale’s resources?

What this means is that Yale tends to favour students who have displayed an interest, drive and passion to enhance their community. Admissions officers see this as an opportunity to admit a student who will enhance and improve the campus community at Yale.

In order to tick this box in your application, the best place to display your community involvement is through your extracurricular activities. You may have volunteered at a sporting club, campaigned for a community garden, or organised a fundraising event – community enhancement can come in many forms.

Secondly, Yale assesses students’ interests, skills, and passions and how they could benefit from what the university has to offer, whether this be its liberal arts degree, state of the art library, or simply the location. The best place to address this on your application is on your essays and in the interview (if required). These are opportunities to refer to the specific aspects of life at Yale that excite you, such as faculty members, courses and facilities.

Lastly, what Yale admires in an application is some life! Admissions officers want to get to know you as the individual, so don’t hold back and let your true colours shine!

Gaining admission into Yale is an extremely difficult task to achieve, with a competitive admissions rate of 6.9%. In order to improve your chances, enlist the help of a Crimson Academic Advisor! We can guide you at each step of the way to make your Ivy League college application as strong as possible and help you achieve your dream of attending Yale.

What about career prospects?

In the graduating class of 2016,

  • 96.7% of the class was employed or in graduate school six months after graduation
  • 34.1% of the class chose to work at a small or mid-size employer (fewer than 100 employees)
  • 37.1% of the class chose to work at a non-profit, NGO, government or other public agency
  • 65.7% of the class reported a starting salary over $50,000, 42.1% reported a starting salary over $70,000
  • 87.6% of the class stated that their job was related to their area of study

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