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Chances of getting into Yale University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
7%
Admission Difficulty for Yale University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Extreme 
How hard is it to get into Yale and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Yale is 7%.  It ranks #1 in Connecticut and #5 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Yale is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 2,299 out of 35,220 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1460/1580 ACT 33/35). Yale University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.95. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 55% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Yale University is a prized outcome for many students.

The Yale application fee is $80 and applications are due by Dec 31.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Yale University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 63% of students submitted SAT scores and 51% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Yale SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1460-1580
Applicants Submitting SAT 
63%
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1460
SAT Scores for Yale University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 780
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1580
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Yale University?

Yale University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1400. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. Yale ranks #1 in Connecticut and #5 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Yale University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1580 and Above Good >13%
1520 to 1580 Avg + 7%-13%
1460 to 1520 Avg - 4%-7%
1400 to 1460 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 1400 Low <2%
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Yale ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
51%
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Yale University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Yale?

Admission data indicates that Yale regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut and #6 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Yale University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Yale University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >13%
34 to 35 Avg + 7%-13%
33 to 34 Avg - 4%-7%
32 to 33 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 32 Low <2%
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Yale GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.95*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Yale University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Yale. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Yale University was 3.95 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Connecticut for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Yale extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.95 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.95 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.95 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

94% of Yale University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Yale University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 94%
Top 25% of class 0%
Top 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Yale University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,811 16,409 35,220
Accepted 1,114 1,185 2,299
Acceptance Rate 6% 7% 7%
Enrolled 608 656 1,264
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 55% 55% 55%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Dec 31, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 31, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Yale University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Yale University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Yale University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Yale University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=130794 IPEDS survey data for Yale University.

FAQs

Does Yale University prefer SAT or ACT?

63% of students submit their SAT scores to Yale. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Yale University?

7% of those who apply are granted admission to Yale. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Yale University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1460 and 1580. 63% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Yale University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.