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Chances of getting into Yale University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Yale University
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme
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How hard is it to get into Yale and can I get accepted? The school has a 6% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Connecticut for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,241 out of 36,844 applicants were admitted making Yale an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Yale University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 69% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Yale University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Yale University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yale SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1460
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Yale University?

Yale University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1400. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Yale University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >10%
1515 to 1570 Avg + 6%-10%
1460 to 1515 Avg - 4%-6%
1405 to 1460 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 1405 Low <2%
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Yale ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 35
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Yale?

Admission data indicates that Yale regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Yale University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Yale University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >10%
34 to 35 Avg + 6%-10%
33 to 34 Avg - 4%-6%
32 to 33 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 32 Low <2%
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Yale GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Yale University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Yale. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Yale University was 3.95 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Yale extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.95 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.95 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.95 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

95% of Yale University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Yale University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 95%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Yale University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,768 17,076 36,844
Accepted 1,113 1,128 2,241
Acceptance Rate 6% 7% 6%
Enrolled 779 771 1,550
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 70% 68% 69%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 31, 2021
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 69 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Dec 31, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Yale University is $80.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Yale University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Yale University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Yale University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=130794 IPEDS survey data for Yale University.


Does Yale University prefer SAT or ACT?

63% of students submit their SAT scores to Yale. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Yale University?

6% of those who apply are granted admission to Yale. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Yale University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1460 and 1570. 63% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Yale University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.