Admissions at Yale University are famous for their extremely competitive and selective process. With an acceptance rate of just 6.2%, Yale is considered among the most coveted top universities of the US, as well as around the globe.
As per the profile of class of 2023, out of 36, 844 applications, only 6.2% of the applicants were accepted. International students made up about 21% of the total enrollment of 13,609 students.
Test score ranges for 25th to 75th percentiles were 720-770 on SAT Verbal, whereas SAT Match score range was 740-800. 86.7% of the accepted first-years had an ACT score ranging from 33 to 35. About 92% of the accepted applicants were among the top 10% of their high school class.
Most courses at Yale University begin during the Fall season while there are exceptions and applications are accepted in the Summer season as well.
The admission team is guided by two major questions: 'Which student will make the best use of Yale's resources?' and 'Is this student going to make a significant contribution to our community?'
Therefore, each aspect counts- Academic ability, performance in various standardized examinations, recommendations from your teachers and your carefully completed application. Out of these, the application is pivotal to make you stand out as the applicant who will answer yes to both of those questions. Interested students must strive to write their essays seriously and openly, and most importantly, they must include their activities, interests and experiences honestly.
|Application Portal||UG: Common/Coalition Application|
PG: Varies with every school
|Application Fee||UG: 80 USD|
PG: 105 USD – 175 USD
|Mode of Payment||Visa/MasterCard Credit Card|
|SAT Score Range||720 – 770|
|ACT Score Range||33 – 35|
|International Application Deadlines||UG: November 1 – January 2|
PG: Varies with every course
|Interview Requirements||Depends on course requirements|
|Work Experience||Highly recommended for MBA aspirants|
|Financial Aid||Available for International Students|
|International Admission||Yale International Admissions|
The courses at Yale begin during the Fall season. The following table shows the deadlines for international students, which they must be aware of before submitting their applications:
|Course||Deadlines for Fall Session|
|Single – Choice Early Action||November 1|
|Regular Decision||January 2|
|Graduate||Varies with programs|
|Transfer Students||March 1|
Yale has been welcoming international students to its programs as early as the 1800s. About 22% of Yale's students come from abroad. Today, it has students coming from 121 countries and has an current international enrollment of 2,841 students.
International applicants must apply directly to the school or programs which offer their degree of interest. Each program has its own procedure for admission and financial help. General admission requirements are however, same:
International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below to be eligible for admissions:
|English Test||Minimum Scores Required|
|TOEFL (PBT)||75, with 25 in each section|
|Duolingo English Test (DET)||120|
If Graduate students are unable to score beyond 21 - 23 in TOEFL (iBT), they are recommended to take the following Pathway Programs:
If accepted, international applicants will need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa to study at Yale University. Students must consult the OISS (Office of International Students & Scholars) to prepare well for their immigration-related procedure and queries. Applying for a visa requires:
With around 95 majors, Yale offers various undergraduate programs. The international students can apply through any one of the two application portals for Yale.
How to apply: Apply through either:
Academic Requirements for International Students: Students are required to submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years only. Scores will not be accepted, if tests are taken after high school. The following table shows the average scores:
|Composite Score||33 – 35|
|Evidence Based Reading and Writing||720 – 770|
|Mathematics||730 – 790|
Different graduate schools at Yale University offer more than 2,000 courses to interested students. Most graduate courses at Yale have different requirements, application process and application fee.
How to apply: There are different portals for desired courses. The applications are filed through their respective school’s website.
When to apply: Deadlines vary with each course and school. Students are admitted in the Fall season only. The applications are accepted a year before course commencement.
Academic Requirements for International Students:
One of the world's top MBA programs is offered at Yale through its Yale School of Management. The school specializes in many degree programs and executive courses to educate its future leaders in the field of business and advanced management. It also offers advanced PhD level options.
|Application Portal||Yale School of Management|
|Application Fee||250 USD|
|Academic Requirements||GMAT/GRE, Completed Video Questions|
|Additional Requirements||Two Professional LORs, Interview(if required)|
As per the profile of Class of 2021, admitted graduates had a median GMAT score of 720, Median undergraduate GPA of 3.34. Overall, 345 students were enrolled.
It is recommended that applicants have a full time work experience. There is also an interview to assess the applicant’s ability, which is an important deciding factor for getting admission to Yale SOM.
International students must not wait for Round 2 or 3, they must try and apply by Round 1.
|Application Fee||105 USD|
|Academic Requirements||MCAT/GRE, Video questions, TOEFL|
|Additional Requirements||Three LORs, Resume/CV, SOP|
|Application Portal||Yale FES Masters Application|
|Application Fee||80 USD|
|Academic Requirements||Essays, Statements, Mid Career MF or MEM Supplemental Essay, TOEFL/IELTS(100/7.0), GRE/GMAT|
|Additional Requirements||Short takes, Resume/CV, Three LORs (Professional preferred)|
|Optional Requirements||Explanation of gaps in Resume, ‘Contribution to Community’ essay|
|Application Portal||MSL Application of Yale Law School|
|Application Fee||75 USD|
|Academic Requirements||Must have a doctoral degree or be a doctoral candidate in a field other than law, statement of purpose|
|Additional Requirements||Three LORs, Resume/CV|
Students submitting scanned copies of transcripts must ensure to submit an official evaluation from an authorized person/company/institution. Yale University accepts evaluated transcripts either from NACES or AICE agency.
Students must also keep a track of the deadline to submit additional documents. In order to get information regarding the appropriate degree required for obtaining admission at Yale, they can contact an OISS Advisor.
Other requirements that applicants must keep in mind while applying for visa are:
Ques. Is there any scholarship or financial aid offered to international students at Yale University?
Ans. Yes. International applicants are welcome to apply for financial aid offered at Yale. The policies are the same as those of domestic students, that is, it has need-blind admissions along with need-based aid. Students can get varying amounts of financial assistance ranging from a few hundred dollars to 70,000 USD per year.
Ques. I have completed my studies from India. What marks do I need to get admission at Yale?
Ans. Being a part of the Ivy League, admissions to various Yale programs are very competitive as well selective. All international applicants need to submit their ACT or SAT scores. However, it is important to keep in mind that Yale does not select an applicant primarily on the basis of standardized test scores.
Ques. What is the tuition for attending Yale University?
Ans. Tuition and fees at Yale vary from program to program. These are the approximate costs of attending Yale for the academic year 2020-2021:
Ques. What are the top programs offered by Yale?
Ans. Given its reputation, a lot of programs at Yale are among the world's best. It's most popular courses include MBA, Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Machine Learning, International and development Economics, Psychology, English, Chemistry and Aerospace Engineering.
Ques. Does Yale require TOEFL or IELTS scores from international students?
Ans. If English is not your first language, Yale expects its candidates to be proficient in English as it is the sole medium of communication. However, English language proficiency is strictly required for candidates who can not write SAT or ACT exams in their countries. Many graduate programs have different requirements, a few do not require these scores. It is important to check with the program requirements carefully.