Yale University admissions guidance

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: 3

Application Deadline: January 1st

Must receive SAT/ACT scores by: March 1st

2017 regular decision acceptance rate: 5.3%

Total applications received (2017): 29,610

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 2017-18 Undergrad Supplemental Application

  • Students at Yale have plenty of 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.

  • Why do these areas appeal to you? (100 words or fewer)

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

  • What inspires you? (35 words or fewer)

  • Yale’s residential colleges regularly host intimate conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask? (35 words or fewer)

  • You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called? (35 words or fewer)

  • Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite? (35 words or fewer)

  • What do you most enjoy learning?  (300 words or fewer)

  • Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community? (300 words or fewer)

Yale's Programs Ranked

Economics Department: #1 (USNews)

Fine Arts Department: #1 (USNews)

History Department: #1 (USNews)

Medical School: #9 (USNews)

Business School: #9 (USNews)

Law School: #1 (USNews)

Engineering School: #38 (USNews)

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