Former Dean of Admission at Yale, Jeffrey Brenzel, states: “An applicant’s academic strength is our first consideration. We review grades, standardized test scores, and evaluations by a counselor and two teachers to determine academic strength”. Aside from this, Yale also wants students who have something to bring to campus – students who have, as they say, “the potential to add to the Yale community and take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities available on our campus.” These two elements together make up the ‘holistic review’ that admissions teams use to assess applicants. Therefore, applying to Yale demands that potential applicants prepare significantly in advance and ask themselves honest questions about why they are interested in Yale. Finally, Yale says that it looks for students who wish to “stretch their limits”.
What is a holistic review?
When universities use a holistic review, this means that they are looking for students who have both a proven academic talent and also a high level of personal development and extracurricular accomplishment. Additionally, universities consider not only grades and test scores, but also on summer activities (camps, courses, online courses, internships, jobs), extracurricular activities, personal essays, teacher recommendations, and the list goes on.
What are the deadlines to apply?
Application for admission
Application for Financial Aid
Single-choice early action
|November 1st||November 10th|
|January 2nd||March 15th|
Following submission of the application documentation, students may also be contacted by Yale directly to set up an interview with a Yale alumni.
Is it possible to transfer to Yale?
Yes, currently enrolled students at accredited 2- or 4-year colleges and universities may apply to transfer to Yale before March 1st. The admit rate is just under 3%, which is an even lower admit rate than for first year students. Out of 1,000 students who apply to transfer, around 20 to 30 applicants are accepted. More information is available here.
When do you have to start preparing for the University of Yale?
Taking into account the numerous specific requirements for American universities like taking specific exams, the importance of extra-curricular activities and the numerous essays to write, we recommend you start to think about your application for the United States from the start of your penultimate year at the latest.
TIMELINE FOR AN APPLICATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Throughout Year 11 and Year 12:
- Year 11 to February of Year 12: Start researching US colleges and preparing for standardized exams.
- Spring (March to May) of Year 12: We recommend you take the standardized tests for the first time (SAT and SAT Subject Tests) plus English exam (TOEFL) if necessary and register for futures sessions of the tests.
- Summer (June to Aug): Start writing your essays for your application.
Autumn at the start of your Final year:
- Ask your teachers and counselors to complete the required documents
- Take the SAT or ACT for the second time if you think you can improve on your score significantly before the deadline.
- Early Action Candidates: October is last month in which you can take the ACT Plus Writing Test so that Yale can examine your results.
- November 1st: deadline for Early Action applicants(!) – this will be the last month you can take the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject tests and TOEFL so that Yale can examine your results.
Winter and Spring of your Final Year:
- Mid-December: The decisions for Early Action are available online
- January 2nd: Deadline for Regular Decisions candidates(!) – this will be the last month you can take the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject tests and TOEFL so that Yale can examine your results.
- February: Regular Decision Candidates: It is your last month to take the ACT Plus Writing so that Yale can examine your results.
- End of March/Early April: Admission decisions for ‘Regular Decision’ are available online.
Admission to Yale is need-blind, which means that a student’s admission is not based on his or her family’s ability to pay tuition. Yale provides financial aid that is entirely need-based.
International students will be glad to know that they are eligible to receive the same financial-aid policies as American students: their admission is need-blind. They have access to financial aid to meet 100% of their demonstrated need and may avoid bank loans to finance their education.