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Yale Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Yale University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Yale University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Yale and can I get accepted? The school has a 7% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Connecticut for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,277 out of 32,879 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. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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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 740
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1500
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 790
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1590
Average SAT Score 1550

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 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1500 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 1450. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1550 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 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
1590 and Above Good >11%
1545 to 1590 Avg + 7%-11%
1500 to 1545 Avg - 4%-7%
1455 to 1500 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1455 Low <3%
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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 34
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 32
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 33

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. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average ACT composite score. 57 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 >13%
33 to 35 Avg + 7%-13%
32 to 33 Avg - 5%-7%
31 to 32 Reach 4%-5%
Less than 31 Low <4%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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%

Admission Statistics

Yale University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,776 15,103 32,879
Accepted 1,172 1,105 2,277
Acceptance Rate 7% 7% 7%
Enrolled 818 761 1,579
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 70% 69% 69%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 31, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 105 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Dec 31, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Yale before the Dec 31 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.