Yale Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Yale University
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, 2,240 out of 35,301 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, 70% 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
Applicants Submitting SAT63%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||720|
|SAT Math 25th||740|
|SAT Composite 25th||1460|
|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 requires 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
Yale ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT51%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||35|
|ACT Math 25th||31|
|ACT Composite 25th||33|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.95*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Yale University. 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.
95% of Yale University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||72%||68%||70%|
Applications were DueDec 31, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 31, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to Yale University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
63% of students submit their SAT scores to Yale. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.