How to get into Yale as a UK student

Yale is one of the most acclaimed Ivy League Schools and private universities in the US, often placing in the top 10 for world rankings. Hence, receiving an offer from Yale is the dream for many high-achieving students. But don’t let the competition intimidate you. 

Here at The Profs, university admissions are our thing. We have plenty of experience getting students into top-tier US universities; we even have a US admissions team who are especially dedicated to this cause. So if you need guidance getting into Yale, you’ve come to the right place.

As a UK student, you may be uncertain about the steps and strategies necessary to boost your chances of gaining admission to Yale University. Well, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we guide you through the process and provide valuable tips on how to maximise your chances of success with Yale. 

If you’re in need of bespoke guidance, just reach out to our expert US admissions team. 95% of our students get into their first and second-choice universities. 

Also, don’t forget to check out our main article on getting into US universities as a UK student. 


What are Yale’s entry requirements?

The University of Yale does not have official GPA requirements, however, you should ensure that your GPA is 3.9 at minimum. As Yale runs a very selective admissions process, it is best if your GPA exceeds 4. This is equivalent to straight A’s in your A levels or IB (Yale accepts UK qualifications including these). A good rule of thumb is to try and consistently be at the top of your class.

Yale is a competitive and prestigious university, so generally speaking, you want to ensure that your academic track record is as impressive as possible. This includes your historic grades. Ensure that your GCSEs won’t let you down, especially in English, Maths, and Science. 

Your SAT and/or ACT scores should also exceed the national average. This is especially important if your GPA falls below or only just meets 4! 

Beyond demonstrating academic excellence, several other factors will determine the success of your application. All of which will be broken down in this article.

What is Yale’s acceptance rate?

Yale’s acceptance rate for international students

Yale released statistics regarding its admitted students for the class of 2027. There were 52,303 first-year applicants and only 1,647 of them were enrolled. Hence, Yale’s rate of submission is as low as 4.5%. This is slim, even for an Ivy League institution.

68 non-U.S. countries were represented amongst Yale’s matriculated first-year students for the class of 2027. 53% of the students speak a language other than English at home or as a first language. 

Places at Yale are scarce and competitive, however, international students should not feel at an unfair disadvantage. Yale seeks to diversify its student body and be accessible to non-US applicants.

Yale’s acceptance rates per course

It’s also worth noting how many undergraduate students major in each of Yale’s programmes as this will affect the competitiveness of the course. The size of the programme and spaces available on the course will also affect the acceptance rate, so ensure that you research this. 

Check out the table below (based on undergraduates, Fall 2022):

ProgrammeTotal Percentage of international students
David Geffen School of Drama20622%
School of the Environment29128%
Jackson Global Affairs7356%
Institute of Sacred Music (ISM)6515%
Yale School of Medicine4677%
Physician Associate Programme1092%
Physician Assistant Online Programme1540%
Public Health61232%
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences49464%

Do I have to apply for a student visa?

You’ll be glad to know that you need only deal with the student visa application once/if you are admitted to Yale. Hence, applying for a student visa is not part of the application process. You need only do so if you receive an offer and accept it. Please note that you will need your admittance letter or proof of registration to begin the process! 

About the student visa

There are generally two visa categories for studying in the United States: the F-1 student visa and the J-1 student visa. Both require full-time personal study in the US.

Most admitted full-time international students at Yale are eligible for the F-1 visa. Only some students are eligible for the J-1 student visa. Unsure about what type of visa you need? Check out the table below:

F-1 Student VisaJ-1 Student Visa
All students who have accepted offers to study a course full-time, on-campus are eligible for the F-1 visa.Students eligible for the J-1 student visa must be receiving 50% of their tuition funding from a government agency, official scholarship or an employer (student or personal loans do not qualify) OR they must have a government scholarship (hence the government requires that they use the J-1 visa) OR their visa must be sponsored by an agency such as Fulbright, USAID, or AMIDEAST.

Please note: Students who are eligible for both the F-1 student visa and the J-1 student visa must indicate which visa category they wish to use. 

If you need more information on US student visas for Yale, check out this page.

5 tips to get into Yale University

Before embarking on the application journey, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research and prepare yourself for the rigorous admission process. Here are some key steps to follow:

1. Build your foundation blocks

Before you get to the point of filling out your application, you need to be prepared. Have you got an appropriate profile? Are you a suitable candidate? If you’re unsure, check out these factors below. 

The earlier you get started on your Yale application, the more time you have to check off these pointers!

Get to know Yale’s requirements:

First things first, familiarise yourself with Yale’s admission criteria, including academic requirements. Most higher education institutions have distinct characteristics and value different factors. So, it’s important to tailor your application to your top choice university.

When it comes to Yale, grades cannot be downplayed. As previously mentioned, you should be aiming for straight A’s or higher in your A levels or IB grades for your best possible chance at receiving an offer. 

Have you got a strong academic profile?

As has been mentioned, focus on achieving excellent grades throughout your secondary school years. Even consider improving any weak GCSE grades, especially if they are in your chosen discipline or Maths, Science or English.

Ensure that your subject combinations complement your chosen course at Yale. If not, pursue related activities, qualifications, and projects outside of school to demonstrate your academic aptitude for your chosen discipline.

Smash the SAT or ACT

Since COVID-19, Yale has been test-optional. 

Accordingly, applicants for the class of 2028 will not need to submit SAT or ACT scores. For those who do not, Yale will place greater value on other aspects of the application like high school transcripts, recommendation letters, and essays. 

Those who have completed the SAT or ACT but whose scores fall below Yale’s average are still encouraged to submit their marks.

Yale has no preference between the SAT or ACT. More information on Yale’s SAT and ACT policies is available here.

Ultimately, if you can take the SAT or ACT and achieve highly then you should as this will maximise your chances of getting an offer. If you want to stand out amongst your peers, this could be how. You should especially take and ace the SAT or ACT if you need to make up for any other factors in your application e.g. your GPA. 

However, if you can’t take one of these standardised tests, you should boost your application by explaining why and/or providing an alternative. Yale is very competitive so it’s best that you do everything in your power to show that you’re a hard worker with academic aptitude.

If you want to impress Yale University, you should aim to meet or exceed the scores below based on enrolled first-year students (Fall, 2020). 

Test50% of test scores80% of test scores 
SAT-Evidence-Based Reading and Writing720-780680-790
ACT Composite33-3531-36

If you know what course you’re applying to, it’s important to look up what the average score is for students who were matriculated to this course at Yale.

Unsure whether you should take a test or worried that you might not achieve a decent grade? Contact our admissions team for further advice, or our talented SAT and ACT tutors for expert help. We even have articles on how to prepare for the SAT and ACT.

Note: Yale’s SAT and ACT requirements changed due to COVID-19, hence they could change again. So, keep up to date with the information available and check your course page on Yale’s website.

Ace your English language test

Fluency in English is a prerequisite for admission to Yale, however, Yale does not require any English proficiency exams for general undergraduate admission. 

Yale only requires non-native English speakers who have not taken at least two years of secondary education with English as the main language of instruction to take an English language proficiency test. If this is the case for you, ensure that you submit an English proficiency test score to prove that you are fluent in English and will be able to keep up at Yale. You don’t want there to be any room for doubt.

Yale accepts multiple English proficiency tests, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English, Duolingo English Test, or InitialView. 

If you need to take one of the tests, you should be aiming for the following scores:

TOEFL100 or higher
IELTS7 or higher
Cambridge English185 or higher
DET120 or higher
InitialViewN/A (live videos that are not marked)

You can find more information regarding English language proficiency tests here.

Consider taking the GRE or GMAT

Yale requires applicants to submit GRE scores for some of its postgraduate courses e.g. Architecture and Economics. The GRE test is optional for a variety of postgraduate courses. You can view the full list of courses alongside their GRE requirements here.

In some cases, such as with the Yale School of Management or Doctoral programmes, graduate applicants can submit GMAT scores instead. 

First-year applicants to Yale will not be required to submit a GRE or GMAT score. 

On average, Yale postgraduate students tend to have GRE scores of 159-165 in both the verbal and quantitative sections and an average cumulative GRE score of 319-329. For the GMAT, scores range from 720-760. So, meeting or exceeding these scores could boost your chances of obtaining an offer from Yale. 

It’s important to look up what the average score is for students who were matriculated to your chosen course at Yale.

Unsure whether you should take the GRE/GMAT or worried that you might not achieve a decent score? Contact our admissions team for further advice, or our talented GRE and GMAT tutors for expert help. We even have articles on how to prepare for the GRE and GMAT.

Say yes to extracurricular activities:

Do not underestimate extracurricular activities, especially if you intend to apply to a US university or college like Yale. Yale actively looks for students who are engaged beyond the classroom. 

Participate actively in extracurricular activities that align with your discipline or demonstrate relevant skills and showcase your teamwork, collaboration and passion. Yale values impacts that take part in meaningful opportunities with positive impacts.

Yale has a particular interest in students who are leaders in their communities and areas of interest and mentions that it is training the next world leaders in its mission statement, so any mention of leading a proactive initiative, especially if it’s grounded in anthropology, charity or politics, will be looked on favourably. 

It’s worth noting that, as Yale has a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, your creative activities might be more valued than at other universities and you shouldn’t dismiss them. Yale considers itself to “inspire innovation” so any imaginative or inventive hobbies are likely to be well-received. 

Consider pursuing internships, volunteering, or joining clubs and organisations related to your intended field of study. It’s also a good idea to get work experience that’s related to your interests. 

Whilst it’s ideal for your extracurriculars and work experience to be as relevant to your discipline as possible, it’s still valuable if it’s not. Unlike UK universities, US universities tend to value seemingly irrelevant activities and student jobs because US applications are more personal and focused on applicants’ individual characters and experiences. In fact, Yale states that they want students who stretch the limits of their talents, so whatever you have worked hard to excel in is worth mentioning.

All that said, Yale prioritises genuine passion and joy. It explicitly mentions that talking about a couple of pursuits that truly matter to you will boost your application, instead of providing a list with a wide range of activities. 

Please note that if you’re a recruited athlete, you have a much higher chance of getting into Yale as coaches will review your academic records before you begin your application process. 

Watch out for deadlines

Note down your deadlines in advance so that you can work towards an organised timeline of goals. Again, the earlier you start preparing, the better. Also, take note of start dates. Be sure not to miss any deadlines or find yourself rushing at the last moment. The best way to do this is by checking the deadline for your chosen course on Yale’s website for your intended year of admission.

Yale has three deadlines for undergraduate applicants: ‘Single-Choice Early Action’ and ‘QuestBridge National College Match’ in November and ‘Regular Decision’ in January. 

  • Single-Choice Early Action refers to an early deadline that allows you to pursue your favourite university earlier than the others. If you choose this route, you can receive a decision by mid-December. You’ll have until May to accept or reject your offer.
  • QuestBridge National College Match is a programme that connects gifted low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities. You must first submit your materials to QuestBridge, and once/if you become a finalist you must rank Yale in QuestBridge or apply through early action or regular decision. If you’re admitted to Yale through QuestBridge, you’re expected to withdraw other university applications and matriculate at Yale (you’ll have until May to do so).
  • Regular Decision refers to the standard deadline for submitting your application to US universities. You may apply to as many universities as you choose by this deadline. If you choose this route, you can receive a decision by early April. You’ll have until May to accept or reject your offer.

Yale might interpret your early application to mean that they are your top choice and, as a result, might favour your application. Moreover, Yale’s early action programme means that the admissions committee have a smaller pool of applicants to choose from during the early round, so they have more time to review each application carefully and consider your application. This is a great opportunity if you have a strong academic record or unique accomplishments you want to highlight in your application. 

However, you should also consider the standard of your peers in each cycle as you will be competing against them. Usually, the earlier cycles have extremely high-calibre students who have prepared their applications far ahead of time. So, there is no guaranteed advantage or disadvantage to either of the above student routes of application; it very much depends on how strong of a candidate you are.

You can check out the deadlines for Yale applicants here.

Please note: International students who live outside of the U.S. are not eligible to apply for the QuestBridge National College Match. However, if you attend secondary school in the U.S. you could be eligible to apply. Ensure that you review the Additional Citizenship Requirements.

Does Yale offer scholarships?

Yes, Yale University offers scholarships and financial aid. Options available are listed below:

  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Yale Scholarship
  • Merit-based Scholarships 
  • Entitlement Grants

Yale provides information on each of these options here.

For international applicants, there is no separate application; you will automatically be considered when you fill out the CSS profile. Check out this page for more information.

If you’re not sure you qualify for enough financial aid and you’re worried about finances, you might want to explore other affordable options. For instance, you could study in the UK and then complete a semester or a year abroad at Yale. Yale has a study abroad programme in London, so it is likely you can apply for an exchange year at Yale if you are enrolled at a London university. 

Please note: There is a $90 application fee to apply to Yale but you can request an application fee waiver, as discussed here. Similarly, there’s a fee waiver process for the CSS application fee (ranging from $16-$25).

2. Craft your application

Once you have laid the foundation, it’s time to focus on creating a compelling application that highlights your unique strengths and experiences. 

Like most other US colleges and universities, freshmen applicants apply to Yale through the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge National College Match Application. This will depend on your chosen pathway and application deadline.

Next, prepare the following aspects:

  • Choose the right course for you. Research Yale’s undergraduate degrees and find the field of study that you are interested in. Ensure that it aligns with your academic and career goals. Check out all the courses available at Yale here.
  • Gather your recommendations from two teachers and one counsellor.
  • Collect your school report with your transcript. 
  • Submit your standardised test score/s and English proficiency results, if applicable.
  • Get your mid-year report and final report.
  • Complete your statement of purpose.

Further details of Yale’s international application requirements can be found here.

Don’t underestimate your letters of recommendation:

Yale requires two recommendations from teachers who taught you during your academic year in core academic subjects e.g. English, Foreign Language, Maths, Science, or Social Studies. It is preferable that these teachers taught you at the end of secondary school or during Sixth Form as Yale finds these references more illuminating.

It goes without saying that you should select teachers who also know you outside of class and can vouch for you. You want them to convince Yale that you’re an exceptional student who aligns well with your chosen course and Yale itself. 

In fact, Yale even states that they would rather hear from the teachers who know you the most and can describe your intellect and character, as opposed to the teachers whom you’ve earned the highest grades with. 

Yale outlines that a good reference usually expresses enthusiasm, urgency, a warm tone, superlative praise, and writes detailed anecdotes. The topic of writing should stick to academics, personal qualities and school context. Ensure that you choose a reference who can meet this outline, and if in doubt, politely show them Yale’s PDF on good references.

You also want your referee to boast for you: what are your achievements and talents, and how do your extracurriculars demonstrate your drive and/or leadership skills?

Ideally, you want to choose referees who teach you in your chosen discipline or something related to it. However, the most important thing is that they know you well and can speak in depth about your academic aptitude, personality, and potential. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have any teachers who know you well enough, it’s not too late to build this bond. Ask your teachers to grab coffee at break time or to meet with them over lunch. Get to know your referees so that they can get to know you!

Invest time in this step as it’s not to be overlooked. Yale takes your references very seriously and cares a lot about who you are as a person. 

If there are things you’d like your referees to mention, then tell them about these things and politely ask them to reference them for you e.g. achievements and goals. 

Yale does not encourage supplemental recommendations. Most successful applicants only submit the required recommendations. However, if you’re considering it, read this page by Yale. It also contains information on audio samples, STEM research and other academic work.

Don’t forget to include a school counsellor letter. Even if your school counsellor does not know you well, they can provide helpful information about your school and academic programmes. If you do not have a counsellor, you may request a letter from your school administrator. 

Yale offers more information on recommendations here.

Make it personal:

In the US, your personal statement is referred to as a ‘statement of purpose’. It’s also different from a personal statement, which is very specific and academically focused. 

In the UK, our statements are supposed to demonstrate why we are the perfect student for X course and a good student. In the US, that matters too but the discussion is more broad. The statement of purpose is supposed to be an introduction, where Yale meets you, the real you. Show who you are as a person and why you deserve to be at Yale. 

Craft a well-written and authentic personal statement that showcases your personality, motivations, and aspirations. Mention your future ambitions and highlight your achievements and wins. You should especially not shy away from personal factors that are relevant to who you are and your experiences. 

Yale wants to know if you would be a good member of their institution and what you offer them. They value characteristics like honesty and empathy, so try to demonstrate these in your statement. Use this opportunity to demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and how you can contribute to the Yale community.

Important note: Prompts on the Common App and Coalition App are similar but not the same. Hence, it’s worth checking out the prompts for the year of your application via each app and deciding what suits you best.

Prepare for the hot seat:

Yale also asks applicants to answer numerous short-answer essay questions. Multiple require answers ranging from 35-200, and the final task is a 400-word response to a prompt of your choosing.

Craft well-written and authentic answers to Yale’s questions that showcase your personality, motivations, and aspirations. Try to mention your future ambitions and highlight your achievements and wins. 

You should especially not shy away from personal factors that are relevant to who you are and your experiences. Yale specifically advises applicants to write about something they genuinely care about and use their own voice, rather than try to use complex or impressive vocabulary. 

On this same note, your quality of communication, writing, and storytelling ability is far more important than your choice of topic. Yale claims to have read incredible essays on common topics and weak essays on unique ones. Hence, Yale prioritises your outlook and perception rather than your topic itself.

However, remember to stay on the topic of the question. Yes, it’s great to bring up all the factors that “sell” your application, but these points should always be aiding you in answering the question on hand. You want to sound focused and concise to convey that you are competent and articulate. 

Yale reminds applicants that they can’t fit their whole life story into a few answers, so they should try to remain succinct. 

Yale wants to know if you would be a good classmate and roommate and what you offer them as a university. Use their questions as an opportunity to demonstrate your intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and how you can contribute to Yale as a community.

You can check out our previous article on personal statements which can offer some helpful tips for this step, however, as Yale’s short answer essay guidelines and goals are different, we recommend chatting with our US admissions team. We can match you with expert coaches who specialise in top-tier US university admissions.

Remember not to discount the importance of coming across as kind and friendly. Yale prides itself on its “welcoming, inclusive, and engaging community”, so you must show you fit in with that.

Yale published its previous student essay questions on their website. You can view them below:

  • 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)
  • What inspires you? (35 words)
  • If you could teach any college course, write a book, or create an original piece of art of any kind, what would it be? (35 words)
  • Other than a family member, who is someone who has had a significant influence on you? What has been the impact of their influence? (35 words)
  • What is something about you that is not included anywhere else in your application? (35 words)
  • Respond to one of the following prompts in 400 words or fewer.
  • Reflect on a time you discussed an issue important to you with someone holding an opposing view. Why did you find the experience meaningful?
  • 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.
  • Reflect on an element of your personal experience that you feel will enrich your college. How has it shaped you?

Visit this page for more information on Yale’s short answer essay questions.

These mini-essays are supposed to be an introduction, where Yale meets you, the real you. Show who you are as a person and why you deserve to be at Yale. Craft well-written and authentic answers that showcase your personality, motivations, and aspirations. Mention your future ambitions and highlight your achievements and wins. 

You should especially not shy away from personal factors that are relevant to who you are and your experiences. Yale wants to know if you would be a good member of their institution and what you offer them. Use this opportunity to demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and how you can contribute to the Yale community.

Yale stresses the importance of proofreading and turning in work without errors. But have no fear if you’re worried about your writing skills, or fretting over what to say. We know how to help! 

Here, at The Profs, we have excellent writing tutors with plenty of experience who can help you craft a compelling body of work. If you need any assistance, just reach out.

3. Stand Out from the Crowd:

Yale is incredibly competitive, hence the students who apply there are of very high calibre. Meaning, it is tough to stand out. A polished academic track record and glowing references are a must, but they’re not enough as many of your peers will also have this. You need to offer more.

As previously mentioned, highlight your extracurriculars and/or work experience. But try to go beyond this. 

Mention if you happen to have any extra qualifications, got the highest available grade in an assignment or earned the top score in your class. If you have won any prizes for competitions within academia or the arts, say so. 

Anything that colours who you are as a person, or shows tenacity or heart could help you to stand out. Think, how are you different?

Identify unique experiences, perspectives, or talents that set you apart from other applicants. If you could do with a little more to mention, consider pursuing independent research, participating in a competition, or engaging in an impactful initiative. Yale claims to be both local and international, providing two perspectives that you can speak to. How do you relate to one or both of these points?

Yale claims that it is “committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.” 

Consequently, you should demonstrate how you use everything you learn to improve the world around you. How do you serve various sectors of society? Again, if you’ve not got anything to write on this, go and throw yourself into an experience that you can write about.

This is why it’s great to start thinking about your application as early as possible. If you’re in year 11 or 12 you have time to focus on what you have accomplished and think about what aspects of yourself you’d like to highlight or develop. 

Showcase your achievements:

The advice for UK applicants typically encourages students not to mention ALL their achievements. Instead, it’s usually recommended that you only mention achievements relevant to your discipline. 

However, US universities want to hear about all your achievements. Yale loves to see that you managed to balance getting a gold in Duke of Edinburgh with attaining a grade 8 in violin, whilst also maintaining straight A’s in class! So, highlight your academic accomplishments, awards, activities and/or significant experiences.

Don’t forget that wider reading and independent research are certainly worthy of mentioning! Yale claims that it is dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, so it is excellent if you show alignment with this. Generally, universities value knowledge-hungry applicants, however, an interest in research is particularly valued by Yale. 

Yale aspires to be the most student-focused research university in the world! They claim to prioritise this goal by ensuring that all their students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) have a Yale experience that enables them to explore the breadth of their intellectual curiosity and take maximum advantage of their academic programmes. 

Yale even boasts that students get the opportunity to conduct real research as early as their first year by using a Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship. More than 100 such fellowships are set aside for first-year students! Yale states that its undergraduates have discovered new species, created new technologies, developed and patented new products, and co-authored original research. 

Accordingly, it’s great to showcase your research achievements as well as express how you would get involved with specific research at Yale. Have a look at their current or recent research projects and see what impresses or interests you, and mention it!

Create a comprehensive CV that reflects your achievements and background, then refer to this when you are drafting your answers.

Kill the interview

Interviews are sometimes part of Yale’s application process. There is a limited number of Yale alumni able to conduct interviews, so Yale does not offer interviewers to all of its undergraduate applicants. 

Yale prioritises giving interviews to applicants whom it wants more information on. You may not request an interview. Yale specifies that those who do not receive an interview are not disadvantaged. 

Another factor involved in deciding who gets interviewed is the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC). Yale’s undergraduate interviews are conducted by local volunteer committees of alumni linked to specific geographical areas. Note that there are ASC-covered areas both inside and outside of the US, so being an international applicant does not automatically exclude you from this process. If your area is not covered by Yale ASC, it means an alumni volunteer is not active in your area and you cannot be assigned to another region.

Since COVID-19, Yale has conducted interviews both online and in person. In-person interviews are in a quiet, public space e.g. a school, cafe, or library. Unfortunately, interviews are not held on the Yale campus. 

Interviews can last from 40 to 75 minutes. You should check on what the exact format will be if you get an interview offer. 

There are no set questions so each interview will be unique. Similarly, interviews usually take the format of back-and-forth dialogue, rather than question and answer, so prepare yourself as a conversationalist. 

However, it’s a good idea to think about your experiences, goals, academic interests and extracurricular activities that you might want to discuss. Revise your Yale application, including your short answer essay questions, and your CV. Think about what readings, stories and examples you might mention to aid you in answering a question or illustrating your passion, commitment and/or drive for your discipline. 

You should also think about any questions you want to ask the interviewer to learn about Yale. 

An interview can make or break whether you receive an offer. It’s the last step of the application process so you should aim to be memorable, as a lot of students will give the same interview performance.

Yale offers further information on its interview process here.

Be sure to check out our previous article on preparing for an online interview and our video on how to smash a university interview. 

Worried about your Yale interview, or any university interview for that matter? You don’t want to fall at the last hurdle. Your interview performance is crucial! Reach out to our experienced interview coaches for expert guidance.

4. Connect with Yale:

It’s important that you connect with Yale. Your application should not appear generic and the best way to do that is to build a bond with Yale itself. 

You can do this by:

  • Attending information sessions, webinars, or virtual tours offered by Yale to gain firsthand knowledge about the university.
  • Reaching out to current students or alumni to learn more about their experiences and seek advice (this is especially encouraged if you’re offered an interview).
  • Attending open days and virtual days – see here for more information.
  • Researching your course and department at Yale: what research do they carry out, what achievements and awards have they received, and what activities do they get involved with on campus or within the student community?
  • Researching what societies and sports Yale offers so that you can plan (and demonstrate) intentions to get involved. Remember, Yale wants students who will make the most of their abundant on-campus resources. So, see Yale’s page on their activities here and ensure that you express an interest!
  • Researching the opportunities and vibe in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Reaching out to people by calling/emailing your department (or during the open days or via LinkedIn) to network and ask questions. If this goes well, you might even have some names that you can note down in your application, or should you need any help.

Following the steps above will boost the quality of your application as you will be able to demonstrate alignment with Yale University. However, these steps should also serve you in your quest to be sure that Yale is a good fit for you.

Yale also has an admissions office podcast with lots of tips that are specific to Yale’s application process and preferences. If you listen to these episodes, make notes and apply them to your own application, this is a surefire way of establishing alignment with Yale.

Please note that it’s important to refer to the official Yale University website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

5. Seek Guidance:

If you’re serious about going to a top university in the United States, consider working with one of our experienced US university admissions tutors. They can provide personalised guidance, review your application, help polish your essays, and coach you through the interview process. 

We have a track record of success in applying to top-tier universities like MIT, Harvard, Cornell, NYU, Stanford and Oxbridge. In fact, 95% of our students receive offers to their first and second-choice universities. If Yale is your dream, take every step to make it happen and reach out to our expert team.

How we can help

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How much does it cost to study at Yale?

Yale reports (2023-2024) that it costs each student $64,700 for tuition, $10,900 for housing and food, $2,280 for food plan, $3,700 for books and personal expenses, and $125 for student activities. This comes to $87,705. However, this price is before any aid. 

More information, as well as how to receive financial aid, can be found here.

What are the admission requirements for Yale University?

To be considered for admission to Yale University, applicants should have a strong academic record, including high grades throughout secondary school (as well as a high standardised test score, if applicable). 

Additionally, Yale values extracurricular involvement, leadership, and personal achievements. The quality of your essays, letters of recommendation, and interview performance also carry a lot of weight.

For further advice, read this article or reach out to our expert US admissions team.

How competitive is the admission process at Yale University?

Admission to Yale University is highly competitive. Yale typically receives a large number of applications each year, and the acceptance rate is consistently low. For the class of 2027, Yale’s rate of submission was as low as 4.5%. 

Applicants need to showcase their unique qualities, academic achievements, and personal experiences to stand out among the highly talented pool of applicants. For more advice, read this article.

Does Yale University require SAT Subject Tests?

Since COVID-19, Yale has been test-optional. Meaning, it no longer requires SAT or ACT scores but it recommends that students submit them. These tests can provide additional information about an applicant’s academic strengths and interests. Submitting a high score demonstrates academic aptitude and boosts the competitiveness of your application.

Are there any specific scholarships or financial aid options available for UK students applying to Yale University?

Yes, Yale University is committed to making education affordable for all admitted students, regardless of their financial circumstances. 

UK students, along with all international applicants, can apply for need-based financial aid through the CSS application. Yale provides aid packages that include grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities. Read this article for further information. 

You can also check out Yale’s page on financial aid for international students.