Yale University

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Yale University can be found in New Haven, CT, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 15,000 students enrolled each year at Yale University.

Most of the students getting into this school had an SAT score in the range of 1460 - 1570, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 33 - 35. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Yale University average GPA range for accepted students is around 4.00 - 4. The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 6 percent of students who applied are accepted to the school. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Yale University acceptance rate 2021 will be around 6%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.yale.edu.

Overall Yale University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Yale University was reported as 6.1% in Fall 2020 with over 36,800 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Yale University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Yale University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Yale University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 6.3%
  • 2017-2018: 6.9%
  • 2018-2019: 6.3%
  • 2019-2020: 6.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 5.9%

How Does Yale University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Yale University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Southern Connecticut State University69.4%
University of New Haven83.0%
Quinnipiac University70.1%
University of Bridgeport54.6%
Sacred Heart University63.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Yale University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading720 - 770
Math740 - 800
Total Score1460 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English35 - 36
Math31 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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