Yale University GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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Grades and Standardized Test Scores for Yale University

Yale University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Yale University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Yale University is a member of the prestigious Ivy League, and it is one of the most selective colleges in the country. In 2016, the university had an acceptance rate of just 6 percent. Even if you are a straight "A" student with extremely high SAT or ACT scores, you should consider Yale University to be a reach school. Many highly qualified students will not be admitted.

How do you measure up at Yale?  Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Yale University GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were lucky enough to get in, and you can see that most students who were admitted to Yale had an SAT score (RW+M) above 1250, and an ACT composite score above 25. Higher test scores will improve your chances measurably, and much more common is a combined SAT score above 1400 and an ACT composite score of 32 or better. Nearly all successful applicants had high school transcripts that were nearly all "A" grades. Also, realize that hidden beneath the blue and green in the upper right corner of the graph is a lot of red. When your grades and test scores are on target for Yale, you're still going to need other strengths to impress the admissions committee. Students really do get rejected with 4.0 GPAs and nearly perfect SAT scores.

For the enrolled first-time students in 2016, the middle 50 percent had these scores:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 710 to 800
  • SAT Math: 710 to 800
  • ACT Composite: 33 to 35
  • ACT Math: 30 to 35

Other Admissions Factors for Yale University

What can you do to improve your chances of getting into Yale? The university has a holistic admissions policy, so non-numerical measures such as letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and application essays all play an important role (see tips for acing your Common Application essay). With extracurriculars, depth and leadership in one activity will be more impressive than a smattering of superficial involvement. For example, a student who does drama for all four years in high school and takes the lead role in a play will be more impressive than a student who was on stage crew one year, Spanish club the next year, and yearbook another year. 

Also, Yale University has a single-choice early action plan. If you know that Yale is your first-choice school, it's worth applying early. The acceptance rate tends to be well over twice as high for early action applicants as it is for the regular applicant pool. Applying early is one way that you can demonstrate your interest in the university. 

Finally, legacy status can also improve your chances of getting into any of the Ivy League schools. This is something that colleges don't tend to publicize much, and it isn't something that you have any control over, but many schools will give a slight preference to applicants who have a parent or sibling who attended. This builds family loyalty for the institution, something that has value on the fundraising front.

This article can help guide you as you work to get admitted to schools that are as selective as Yale: How to Get into an Ivy League School.

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