Yale University

Yale University

New Haven, CT, USA

Yale University is a large research institution chartered in 1701, making it the third-oldest institution of higher education in the US. On top of the numerous academic undergrad degrees at Yale College, students also have access to Multidisciplinary Studies, which examine pressing social challenges, Special Programs, such as Studies in Grand Strategy, and International Experiences, which 64% of the Yale student body utilizes. Before their freshman year, all students are randomly divided up into twelve residential colleges on the New Haven, CT, campus, where they will live and socialize for the next four years. The campus is also home to the Marsh Botanical Garden, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, an observation and planetarium, farm, art gallery, museum of natural history, and the Yale Center for British Art.


Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier.November 1May 1
Fall Regular DecisionJanuary 2May 1

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Submitting ACT
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 36
Average SAT Composite: 1517


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Total Number of Students
Total Number of Undergrads
Academic Calendar


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Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
20-39 Students
40-99 Students
100+ Students
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

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Average Net Price
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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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Aid & Grants

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Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Student Organizations
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
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On Campus Women's Center
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Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman


Divisional Sports Nickname
School Colors
blue and white
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Ivy Group

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
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Campus emergency phones
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
New York
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

Yale offers everything that I wanted in a school. It has a beautiful campus, wonderful faculty and incredible residential college system. The students here are super motivated and driven, but the atmosphere isn't competitive so even though you are pushing yourself really hard, you don't feel intimidated by what everyone else is doing--everyone is brilliant at something, be it academics, an extracurricular or in the personality and social life.
Yale is a great place for an academic challenge and usually great socially, but it can be isolating for students from lower-income families due to the large number of extremely wealthy, boarding school/magnet school kids. The residential college system gives you a group of people to associate with, but is basically luck of the draw, and because the dorms are organized by entryway, there are few people on one floor, which keeps groups fairly small and close-knit. STEM majors are often discouraged due to harder courses and a lack of well-taught intro classes, especially in mathematics, but tend to bond over the walks to science hill, the never-ending stream of midterms, and the eccentric lecturers.
Yale's plethora of books, resources, and cafe's is what attracts students and staff the world wide to study and teach in this revered university. Nestled in the heart of New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings with its prestige an old time charm and a medieval feel, as most of the buildings are reminiscent of castle fortresses. There is certainly something for everyone to be found within these hallowed halls and wrought iron gates.
Pastor Clearance of Monuckabee, UT
Despite being highly selective, Yale nurtures an extremely diverse student body. The range of interests and backgrounds creates a thriving environment both inside and outside the classroom; though the academics are great, the most rewarding part of attending Yale is having your horizons expanded by people who think so differently from yourself.
Lotta from Hartsville, SC
Yale is an environment for brilliant minds. You can expect to find plenty of competition in an environment like this, but you will also be surprised by the amount of peer support that you will find here.
Yale University has a great academic environment, and a very friendly student body. In my experience, professors have been very available and eager to engage with their students: they want you to understand the material and do well on the course. Although it certainly is a challenge, studying at Yale is very rewarding and you get to make connections that last for life.
Yale University is the best thing that has happened to me. In the most non cliche way possible, I have learned more during my first year and a half here than I could have ever imagined. Thanks to the political, economic, and ethnic diversity, I have been places, met people, and learned things I never could have imagined.
Brea from Freeport, NY