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What Makes Yale University So Special?

Yale University is a private university located in New Haven, Connecticut, and is one of the Ivy League schools. It was founded in 1701 and is the third oldest university in the United States.


Yale was originally chartered by the colonial legislature of Connecticut and in 1718 it was renamed Yale College in honor of wealthy British merchant and philanthropist, Elihu Yale, who had made a series of donations to the school. Yale’s initial curriculum emphasized classical studies and strict adherence to orthodox Puritanism.

Yale Quick Facts

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Year Founded: 1701

US News Ranking: 5

Application Deadline: January 2nd

Must receive SAT/ACT scores by: March 1st

2024 regular decision acceptance rate: 5%

Total applications received (2023): 50,060

Yale University Admissions Guidance

As far as campus amenities go, Yale is in a league of its own. The Yale University Library, with more than 15 million volumes, is one of the largest in the United States. Yale’s extensive art galleries, the first in an American college, were established in 1832 when John Trumbull donated a gallery to house his paintings of the American Revolution. Yale’s graduates have included U.S. Presidents William Howard Taft, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.


Being the third oldest university in the country, it should come as no surprise that Yale is home to the oldest collegiate daily newspaper still in existence. Printed five days a week since January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News lives up to its moniker. Yale also claims the oldest and most well known a cappella group: the Wiffenpoofs have been singing on Monday nights since 1909.

Prompts for Yale's 2023-24 Undergrad Supplemental Application

Short Answer Questions
For Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application, the following short answer questions:

  • Students at Yale have time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Please indicate up to three from the list provided.

  • Tell us about a topic or idea that excites you and is related to one or more academic areas you selected above. Why are you drawn to it? (200 words or fewer)

  • What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)

Coalition Application or Common Application will also include the following short answer questions, (no more than 200 characters -approx. 35 words):

  • What inspires you?

  • If you could teach any college course, write a book, or create an original piece of art of any kind, what would it be?

  • Other than a family member, who is someone who has had a significant influence on you? What has been the impact of their influence? 

  • What is something about you that is not included anywhere else in your application?


Coalition Application or Common Application will include one of the following prompts (400 words or fewer.)

1. Reflect on a time you discussed an issue important to you with someone holding an opposing view. Why did you find the experience meaningful?

2. Reflect on your membership in a community to which you feel connected. Why is this community meaningful to you? You may define community however you like.

3. Reflect on an element of your personal experience that you feel will enrich your college. How has it shaped you?

Yale's Programs Ranked

Economics Department: #1 (USNews)

Fine Arts Department: #2 (USNews)

History Department: #1 (USNews)

Medical School: #10 (USNews)

Business School: #8 (USNews)

Law School: #1 (USNews)

Engineering School: #42 (USNews)

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