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Yale University- #3 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

Yale University traces its roots to the 1640s when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a local college to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. In 1701 the charter was granted for a school “wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences (and) through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Public employment both in Church and Civil State.” The school officially became Yale College in 1718, when it was renamed in honor of Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I. Yale has grown and evolved for 300-plus years, passing many milestones and forging traditions along the way.

Yale is a major research university that focuses primarily on undergraduate education and encourages students to become leaders of their generation in whatever they wish to pursue. Yale views college as a time for students to explore, exercise curiosity, and discover new interests and abilities. Yale provides students with an immersive, collaborative, and inspiring environment where they can develop a broadly informed, highly disciplined intellect that will help them be successful in their future careers. The faculty is known for its special devotion to undergraduate teaching. Many of Yale’s most distinguished senior professors teach introductory courses as well as advanced seminars to undergraduates. Faculty members are accessible to students and take a great deal of interest in working closely with undergraduates. Yales curriculum allows students to achieve both breadth and specialization across several disciplines. In addition to probing a major field in depth, students are expected to explore three important areas of knowledge – the humanities and arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. While exploring several subject areas, students are also expected to sharpen their writing, quantitative, and foreign language skills. Yale education creates a nice balance of tradition, liberal arts study and exploration into future fields of study. Yale students graduate with the values and knowledge they need to pursue meaningful work, find passion in life-long learning, and lead successful and purposeful lives.

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$80
Application PlatformUse Common or Coalition App. Check status on Yale Admissions Status Portal
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT (Essay optional). Self Report.
SAT Subject TestsRecommended, not Required
AP and IB examsRecommended, not Required
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)7 Required Questions and 2 Essays.
Engineering major will be required to complete an additional writing question.
Recommendations2 Teacher Recommendations. Engineering students- one in Math or Science discipline. Optional recommender.
From Your High SchoolSchool Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report
Optional Supplementary MaterialArt Portfolio, Music, Film, Dance, Academic Work, one additional recommender.
International StudentsOne of the following- TOEFL, IELTS or PTE, Duolingo English Test, or InitialView scores.
Single-Choice Early ActionNovember 1, decision by mid-December
Regular DecisionJanuary 2, decision by mid-to-late March

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines of Yale University (Class of 2022)

SAT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)Composite Score: 1460-1560
Math: 740-790
ERW: 720-770
ACT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)Composite Score: 33-35
Rank95% of Students in Top 10% of their class

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Day 1 • Yale University

According to US News & World Report, Yale University is ranked #3 in National Universities, tied with Columbia, MIT and the University of Chicago. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

Yale University:
 Private, a mid-sized Institution with a total undergraduate enrollment 5,746.

Founded in 1701. Yale is one of the oldest colleges in the US.

Urban, located in New Haven,Connecticut and the campus size is 345 acres.

Tuition & Fees:
 $53,430 (2018-19), need-blind financial aid

$29.4 billion (2018)

83% of students live on campus all four years. Students are assigned to live in 1 of 14 residential colleges during their time at Yale. Each college has a head and dean who live in the college and eat with students in the dining halls. These houses are gated and closed at night. Something to think about for security. Yales unique residential college system organizes the student body into these small communities where students live, eat, socialize, and pursue academic and extracurricular activities. Before arriving as a freshman each student is randomly assigned to one of the colleges, giving students a built-in community from the moment they arrive. Most Yale students become convinced that their residential college is the best residential college. Each college is home to a microcosm of the undergraduate student body as a whole, and allows students to have the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the vibrancy and resources of a world-class university.

Admit Rate:
Most competitive, admit rate in single digits

50% male/50% female. Ethnicity/Race: 39% White, 19% Asian, 8% African American, 15% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, 11% International.

Religious Affiliation:

Other Awards by US News:
#3 (tie) in National Universities, #21 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #4 in Best Value Schools, #1 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings, #32 (tie) in Engineering Programs (doctorate)

Day 1 Post:
Shown here is the famous statue of Theodore Dwight Woolsey (Yale’s president from 1846-1871). He promoted community and diversity. His golden foot is rubbed to give passerby’s luck. You will often find students rubbing Woolsey’s foot right before an exam.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

University motto:
Lux et Veritas
” Yale’s motto is in Latin, compared to the Hebrew characters in the Yale seal, and is usually translated as “Light and Truth”.

Handsome Dan the Bulldog, inspired the famous flight song “Bulldog, Bulldog,” written by Cole Porter.

NCAA Division I: Yale has over 30 men’s and women’s varsity teams; over 40 club sports (most co-ed); and undergraduate and graduate intramural programs. Yale has a huge rivalry against Harvard.

History of Sports. 1843-
The first collegiate rowing races takes place. Yale football games have been a tradition for Yalies since the mid-1800s. Yale celebrated 150 years of baseball in 2015; and Yale athletes have excelled around the world in the Olympics and other international competitions.

Admissions Scandal at Yale:
Former Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith, who resigned in November 2018 and who was charged with two counts of wire fraud, was alleged by federal authorities to have agreed to designate a student in November 2017 as a recruit for his team despite knowing that she “did not play competitive soccer.” After she was admitted to Yale, authorities said, he received a $400,000 payment. Yale rescinds admission of student linked to scandal involving soccer coach.

Day 3 • Academic at Yale/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

All undergraduates attend Yale College, an intimate learning environment offering instruction in the liberal arts and sciences. Yale is both a small college and a large research university.

Academic Calendar:
Semester system.

Undergraduate Programs:
Yale is made up of Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and 13 professional schools. Included in the professional schools are the top-ranked Law School and highly ranked School of Management, School of Medicine , School of Art, and School of Nursing. Yale is known for its excellent drama and music programs, which reach outside the classroom with student organizations such as

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Economics, History, Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences, Political Science and Government, Psychology, Drama, and Music.

Undergraduate Research:
Pioneering Discoveries by Students–While working with and learning from faculty at the forefront of some of today’s most exciting breakthroughs in all disciplines, Yale undergraduates have discovered new species, created new technologies, developed and patented new products, and co-authored original research. First-year students are awarded 100+ summer fellowships to do research. First-year students can begin conducting original research by using a Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship that provides support for a summer research experience in the sciences and/or engineering under the supervision of a Yale faculty member. Many Yale students spend the summer following their junior year abroad doing research for a senior essay or thesis.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Yale college is surrounded by thirteen distinguished graduate and professional schools, including the School of Drama, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Divinity School.

Student Life:
Yale community members have a wide range of talents, interests, vocations, and needs, and the university is committed to providing the services and opportunities to keep them strong in mind, body, and spirit. Yale students are active and engaged in hundreds of student groups and activities. Public service is an integral part of a Yale education. Every year thousands of our students spend countless hours serving the local and global communities. This tradition of giving back continues to inspire them to be leaders in their communities long after graduation. Yale students are actively involved in the New Haven community, benefiting from and enhancing the city’s many cultural, recreational, and political opportunities.

There are more than 500 active organizations on campus, ranging from the Undergraduate Math Society to the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, and including 50 performance groups and 60 cultural associations. This enormous range of opportunities endows Yale College with a palpable energy and spirit of commitment. But perhaps the first thing that students notice about their college is the caliber of their fellow students. There are extraordinary artists, student government leaders, star athletes, passionate activists, award-winning poets, prize-winning scientists, and people who are just simply “well-rounded.” Because Yale students come from such a wide range of ethnic, religious, cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, there is a remarkable exchange of ideas.

The Yale Record is the oldest college humor magazine in the nation. Dwight Hall is an independent umbrella organization that fosters student service and activism in the New Haven community and beyond. Yale is well known for its secret societies, the most famous of which are the Skull and Bones Society, which boasts members such as George W. Bush and John Kerry, and the Scroll and Key Society. Male society members are called Bonesmen, and many have ascended after graduation to positions of prominence in business or government. Three of them—William Howard Taft, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush—became U.S. presidents. Skull and Bones was formed in 1832 by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include actress Meryl Streep, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and actor Edward Norton. Post: Yalie Hillary Clinton earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1973.

Did you know William Howard Taft, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush all attended Yale for undergraduate studies while Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton earned their law degrees from Yale?

Yale’s rivalry continues with alumni that graduated to become Supreme Court Justices. Nine of the nine Justices, including outgoing Justice Kennedy, received their law degree from an Ivy League school. Five of the Justices went to Harvard, three to Yale, and Justice Ginsburg attended Harvard before transferring to and graduating from Columbia Law School.

Day 5 • Applying to Yale? Be Collegebound with IvyBound

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants:

Admission Rate:
6.3%, including early applicants, (Incoming 2018 year)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
70%, This is the number of students actually attended or matriculated once admitted.

Early Option:
Single-Choice Early Action, November 1

Regular Deadline:
January 2

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, Yale, is extremely competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Yale is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare to apply to Yale.

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #6 Nationally Ranked University, Stanford. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the Yale website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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