Yale University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Yale University
Yale University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

With an acceptance rate of just 6 percent in 2016, Yale University is one of the hardest colleges to get into in the country. Along with stellar grades and high SAT/ACT scores, you're going to need exceptional extracurricular activities, winning application essays, and success in accelerated courses such as Advanced Placement, IB, or Dual Enrollment. It's worth reading this article on how to get into an Ivy League school to get a full picture of the admissions process.

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Yale University Facts

Established in 1701, Yale (with Princeton and Harvard) usually finds itself high on rankings of the nation's top universities. This Ivy League school has an endowment over $25 billion and a 6 to 1 student to faculty ratio, so it’s easy to see why. For Yale's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Yale's excellent research programs have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. Yale's library's hold over 12.7 million volumes. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale is an easy train ride to either New York City or Boston. In athletics, Yale fields 35 varsity teams. Not surprisingly, Yale made the lists of Top National UniversitiesTop New England Colleges, and Top Connecticut Colleges.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 6 percent

    Enrollment (2016)

    • Total Enrollment: 12,458 (5,472 undergraduates)
    • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male / 49 percent female
    • 100 percent full-time

    Costs (2016–17)

    • Tuition and Fees: $49,480
    • Books: $3,580 (why so much?)
    • Room and Board: $15,170
    • Other Expenses: $720
    • Total Cost: $68,950

    Yale Financial Aid (2015–16)

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 58 percent
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 50 percent
      • Loans: 10 percent
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $48,126
      • Loans: $5,365

    Academic Programs

    Graduation and Retention Rates

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98 percent
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87 percent
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96 percent

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

    • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis, Fencing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Squash
    • Women's Sports: Rowing, Lacrosse, Swimming, Tennis, Squash, Volleyball, Track and Field, Softball, Field Hockey

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    Yale Mission Statement

    mission statement from https://www.yale.edu/about-yale/mission-statement

    "Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.

    Yale educates aspiring leaders worldwide who serve all sectors of society. We carry out this mission through the free exchange of ideas in an ethical, interdependent, and diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni."

    Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

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