Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a historic, small New England city about two hours north of New York. A total of approximately 13,000 students attend Yale University’s three component parts – Yale College (which is the undergraduate institution), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and ten professional schools.

Today, most Americans probably think of Yale in terms of undergraduate experience. However, Yale University is also a highly esteemed research university, having produced Nobel laureates in economics, physics, chemistry, and medicine. Yale University is also home to several world-renowned art collections and libraries.

Yale University has a long tradition of public service, with faculty, officers, and alumni who have served (and continue to serve) in government, education, business, and non-profit ventures. Among its most famous alumni are five U.S. presidents: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, and William Howard Taft. Other contemporary leaders in public life who graduated from Yale are John Kerry, George Pataki, and Hillary Clinton.

From an undergraduate’s point of view, one of the most striking aspects of the Yale experience is that it is a residential college, modeled on the Oxford and Cambridge systems. Incoming students are assigned to one of fourteen residential colleges, each of which houses about 450 students. Each college is housed in its own building, which contains dining and sports and recreation facilities as well as residential quarters and meeting rooms.

The Colleges are staffed by deans, masters, associated faculty, and fellows, and offer a rich variety of seminars, lectures, and social events. This makes for an atmosphere in which students with widely varying interests and backgrounds are constantly crossing paths, and gives all students an exceptional opportunity to expand their educational and social horizons during their time at Yale University.


Acceptance Rate

Yale acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Yale top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Yale University SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Yale ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Single Choice Early Action application deadline: November 1.
Applicants are notified by December 15.

Regular decision deadline: December 31.
Applicants are notified by April 1.

Transfer application deadline: March 1.
Applicants are notified by mid-May.

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 35,306
Enrolled: 1,579
Yield: 69.3%
Acceptance rate: 6.3%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2018 EA (Class of 2022) applicants: 5,733
Admitted: 842
Acceptance rate: 14.7%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 1,240
Admitted: 31
Acceptance rate: 2.5%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 82%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 710-800
SAT Math: 710-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 32-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Yale requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Yale does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Yale recommends the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests are recommended

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Yale graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Yale score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 87%
5 years: 96%
6 years: 97%

Loan default rate: 1.4%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 245

Salary after attending: $83,200

R&D Expenditures: $881,765

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 34
Robberies: 3
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 37
Car thefts: 4

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Yale financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $69,430

Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $73,180

Net Cost
Average: $18,053

By income
$0 to $30,000: $4,978
$30,001 to $48,000: $4,392
$48,001 to $75,000: $6,986
$75,001 to $110,000: $13,223
$110,001 and more: $35,873

Graduates with student debt: 16%

Average student debt at graduation: $13,050

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Yale undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Yale college student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1

Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 73%
20 to 39: 16%
40 to 99: 8%
100+: 3%

Student Population
Total: 12,974
Undergraduate: 5,746

Student Residence
In State: 6%
Out of State: 81%
International: 13%

Yale University student population

Yale University seal

Yale University

This page was last updated in October 2018.