Yale University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

The Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University
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Yale University is an Ivy League research university with an acceptance rate of 6.3%. To apply, students can use the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Questbridge Application. Yale has a single-choice early action plan that can improve admissions chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice. 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. Yale also considers legacy status in the application review process.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Yale University admissions statistics you should know.

Why Yale University?

  • Location: New Haven, Connecticut
  • Campus Features: Yale's 260-acre historic main campus includes buildings dating back to 1750, stunning Gothic architecture, and the unique windowless Beinecke Library.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1
  • Athletics: The Yale Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the prestigious Ivy League.
  • Highlights: Founded in 1701 and supported by a $29 billion endowment, Yale is one of the leading research universities in the world. Modeled after Oxford and Cambridge, Yale has a system of 14 residential colleges for undergraduates.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Yale had an acceptance rate of 6.3%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 6 students were admitted, making Yale's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 35,308
Percent Admitted 6.3%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 70%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Yale requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 68% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 720 770
Math 740 800
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Yale's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Yale scored between 720 and 770, while 25% scored below 720 and 25% scored above 770. On the math section, 25% of students scored a perfect 800. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1570 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Yale.

Requirements

The SAT writing section is optional at Yale. However, applicants are required to submit all scores to Yale, so if you take the writing section, it will be included in the scores reported to Yale. Note that Yale participates in superscoring each individual section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject tests are recommended, but not required at Yale. Applicants who choose to submit SAT Subject test scores may decide which scores to submit.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Yale requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 54% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 35 36
Math 31 35
Composite 33 35

This admissions data tells us that most of Yale's admitted students fall within the top 2% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Yale received a composite ACT score between 33 and 35, while 25% scored above 35 and 25% scored below 33.

Requirements

Note that Yale does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered, and applicants are required to submit all scores. Yale does not require the ACT writing section; however, if an applicant takes the ACT with writing, the score must be included in scores submitted to Yale.

GPA

Yale University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Yale University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Yale University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Yale University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Yale University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Yale has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Yale's range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who got in, and you can see that most students who were admitted to Yale had an SAT score (ERW+M) above 1300, and an ACT composite score above 28. 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 filled with "A" grades, and GPAs tend to be in the 3.7 to 4.0 range. Also, realize that hidden beneath the blue and green in the upper right corner of the graph is a lot of red. If your grades and test scores are on target for Yale, you're still going to need other strengths to impress the admissions committee. Many students with 4.0 GPAs and near-perfect SAT scores are rejected from Yale.

No matter what your grades and standardized test scores are, you should consider Yale a reach school. The rejection (red) and waitlist (yellow) data points show just how important the non-numerical parts of your application are. Yale wants stellar students and those who have skills and talents that will enrich the campus community in meaningful ways.