Yale University

Overview

Yale is one of the world’s great research universities, with a total student population of more than 11,000-in Yale College and thirteen graduate and professional schools. Yale College alone educates 5,300 young men and women each year from all 50 states in the U.S. and from more than 80 other countries. For all its size and scope, Yale holds firmly to its traditional emphasis on undergraduate life and teaching. If you are considering Yale, please do not hesitate to apply because you fear the cost will exceed your family’s means. Yale College admits students on the basis of academic and personal promise and without regard to their ability to pay. All aid is need-based. Once a student is admitted, Yale will meet 100% of that student’s demonstrated financial need. This policy, which applies to U.S. citizens and to international students alike, helps to ensure that Yale will always be accessible to talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Multicultural Open House/Fly-In Program

The Multicultural Open House is a one-day fall program that introduces prospective students to Yale’s academic programs, campus life, admissions process and financial aid resources. The Fly-In Program is for admitted students who demonstrate significant financial need. Students who qualify for the Fly-In Program are provided a travel stipend to attend the admitted student weekend in the spring.

First-Year Experience & Transition Cultural Connections (CC)

In the Cultural Connections program (CC), freshmen participate in a week of activities intended to facilitate their transition to Yale. CC is designed to introduce freshmen to Yale’s cultural resources as well as to explore the diversity of student experiences on the Yale campus, with emphasis on the experiences of traditionally underrepresented students and issues related to racial identity. CC is open to any freshman regardless of race or ethnicity. Activities include discussions with faculty experts in the concepts of ethnicity, nationality, and race; panels on academic expectations by faculty; presentations on campus life by students; and group visits to local points of interest such as the Yale College cultural centers, local and University museums and parks.

Scholars & Leadership Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS)

Residential college deans serve as the chief academic and personal advisers to students in their colleges. The Head of College is the chief administrative officer and the presiding faculty presence in each residential college. He or she is responsible for the physical well-being and safety of students in the residential college, and for fostering the cultural and educational character of the college. During the year, he or she hosts lectures, study breaks (especially during finals) and College Teas’ - intimate gathering during which students have the opportunity to engage with renowned guests from the academy, government, or popular culture.

Academic Advising & Support Residential College Dean and Master

A student’s primary academic adviser is his or her residential college dean. The dean is available for academic and personal advice, and lives in the residential college where the students live. The residential college master is the chief administrative officer and the presiding faculty presence in each residential college. He or she is responsible for the physical well-being and safety of students in the residential college, and for fostering the cultural and educational character of the college. During the year, he or she hosts lectures, study breaks (especially during finals) and Master’s Teas—intimate gatherings during which students have the opportunity to engage with renowned guests.

Student Diversity

  • 5,400
    Undergraduates
  • 51/49
    male/female
  • 14%
    First-generation college students
  • 3%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 23%
    Asian
  • 11%
    Black or African American
  • 12%
    Hispanic/Latino
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 68%
    White
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%
    International/nonresident

Student Success

  • 98%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 97%
    Six-year graduation
  • 97%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 84%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,159
    Full-time faculty
  • 324
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 6:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Political Science, History, Psychology, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Asian American Students Alliance, Association of Native Americans at Yale, Black Student Alliance, Chinese American Students Association, International Students Organization, Latin American Student Organization, Mexican Student Organization

Affordability

Cost of Attendance

  • $49,480
    Tuition
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $15,170
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $130,790,157
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $48,000
    Average aid package
  • $15,521
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 18%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 51%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met

Admissions

Applicant Academics

  • 31,445
    # of applicants
  • 6%
    Admitted
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 710—800
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 700—800
    SAT Math
  • 710—790
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional

Deadlines

  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $80
    Application Fee
  • $80
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date