Yale Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Yale University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

Can I get into Yale? The school has a 6% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,988 out of 31,445 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. 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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 730
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1470
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 800
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1600
SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Yale University typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 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 1405. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1535 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Yale University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1600 Good >10%
1535 to 1600 Avg + 6%-10%
1470 to 1535 Avg - 4%-6%
1405 to 1470 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 1405 Low <2%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
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 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Yale University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Yale University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >11%
33 to 35 Avg + 6%-11%
32 to 33 Avg - 4%-6%
31 to 32 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 31 Low <3%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Yale University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Yale University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,919 14,526 31,445
Accepted 999 989 1,988
Acceptance Rate 6% 7% 6%
Enrolled 691 676 1,367
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 69% 68% 69%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 31, 2018
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 11 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Dec 31, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Yale University and what considerations affect 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.