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Your chances of getting into Yale University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Yale University
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Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Extreme 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Yale is 4.6%.  Its admission rate is the lowest in Connecticut and the 8th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Yale and can you get accepted?

Yale is an extremely competitive school to get into and is highly selective who it accepts. You have a very low chance of acceptance even even if you meet the admission criteria. It's critical that you meet their GPA requirements to get past the first round of consideration. Last year, only 2,289 out of the 50,060 who applied were admitted.

Yale University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.95. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. Of those applicants who were admitted, 68% enrolled. This indicates that the school is a top choice for many students who apply.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Yale University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.95 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1540 on the SAT
  • Score 34 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class

Yale GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Yale University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Yale are to have around a 3.95 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

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. If your grades do not meet the GPA requirements, you will have very little chance of being considered for admission.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Yale is 3.95 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Yale is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

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*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.95 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Yale SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Yale University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 59% of students submitted SAT scores and 29% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 740
Math 25th Percentile 760
Composite 25th Percentile 1500
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 780
Math 75th Percentile 800
Composite 75th Percentile 1580
Average SAT Score 1540

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Yale is 1540 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1500-1580. Students who get into Yale University score in the top 1 percent of all SAT test takers..  Yale ranks #1 in the state of Connecticut and #4 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1540 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Yale regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1500 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1500, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1460, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Yale University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1540, you have around a 5% chance of being admitted. A 1580 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 9% chance of getting in.

Yale University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1580 and Above Good >9%
1540 to 1580 Avg + 5%-9%
1500 to 1540 Avg - 3%-5%
1460 to 1500 Reach 1%-3%
Less than 1460 Low <1%
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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
Reading 25th Percentile 35
Math 25th Percentile 32
Composite 25th Percentile 33
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 36
Math 75th Percentile 35
Composite 75th Percentile 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Yale is 34, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 33 and 35.  The school ranks #1 in Connecticut and #10 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 34. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 33 and score in the score in the top 2 percent nationally.

29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Yale University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Yale University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Yale for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 34 score has around 5% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 9% with a 35 ACT score.

Yale University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >9%
34 to 35 Avg + 5%-9%
33 to 34 Avg - 3%-5%
32 to 33 Reach 1%-3%
Less than 32 Low <1%
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High School Class Rank

97% of Yale University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Yale University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 97%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Yale University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 28,952 21,108 50,060
Accepted 1,171 1,118 2,289
Acceptance Rate 4% 5% 5%
Enrolled 795 759 1,554
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 68% 68% 68%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 2, 2024

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2024.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Yale University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not required for admission, but considered if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Yale is extremely competitive, you have a very low likelihood of acceptance. It is critical that you earn at least a 3.95 GPA to have any chance. Additionally, you need to score at least a 1540 on the SAT and optimally 1580 to put yourself in a competitive position. For ACT scores, you should really strive for a 34 to have the best chance of getting in.

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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?

59% of students submit their SAT scores to Yale. 29% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Yale University?

5% 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 1500 and 1580. The average SAT score is 1540. 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. The average ACT score is 34. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.