Students Say

Listening to Yale students wax rhapsodic about their school, one can be forgiven for wondering whether they aren’t actually describing the platonic form of the university. By their own account, students here benefit not only from “amazing academics and extensive resources” that provide “phenomenal inand out-of-class education,” but also from participation in “a student body that is committed to learning and to each other.”

Overview

Applicants
30,932
Acceptance Rate
6%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
710 - 800
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
710 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 35

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Listening to Yale students wax rhapsodic about their school, one can be forgiven for wondering whether they aren’t actually describing the platonic form of the university. By their own account, students here benefit not only from “amazing academics and extensive resources” that provide “phenomenal inand out-of-class education,” but also from participation in “a student body that is committed to learning and to each other.” Unlike some other prestigious, prominent research universities, Yale “places unparalleled focus on undergraduate education,” requiring all professors to teach at least one undergraduate course each year. “[You know] the professors actually love teaching, because if they just wanted to do their research, they could have easily gone elsewhere.” A residential college system further personalizes the experience. Each residential college “has a Dean and a Master, each of which is only responsible for 300 to 500 students, so administrative attention is highly specialized and widely available.” Students further enjoy access to “a seemingly never-ending supply of resources (they really just love throwing money at us)” that includes “the [13.5] million volumes in our libraries.” In short, “the opportunities are truly endless.” “The experiences you have here and the people that you meet will change your life and strengthen your dreams,” says one student. Looking for the flip side to all this? “If the weather were a bit nicer, that would be excellent,” one student offers. Guess that will have to do.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
5.6:1
Total Faculty
1,687
with Terminal Degree
1,495

1,073
Men
614
Women
482
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
96%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Barack Obama
President of U.S.

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Sonia Sotomayor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Jodie Foster
Actor, director

Maya Lin
Architect, designer of Vietnam Memorial

Dr. Benjamin Spock
Pioneer in child psychology

William F. Buckley
Columnist, author

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

As its name would suggest, the Yale Office of Career Strategy (OCS) offers a host of resources to students before they even embark on the job hunt. A comprehensive collection of online career profiles helps students gain an overview of potential fields, and walk-in appointments with career advisers ensure that all of their questions get answered. OCS sponsors numerous internship programs, often drawing upon Yale’s extensive alumni network for leads on opportunities. The Yale Career Network is another great way to network with keen alumni. Yalies report average starting salaries of about $50,000, and 59% of those grads who visited Payscale.com say they find a high level of meaning in their work.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
96%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$50,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$117,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
59%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
98

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Annual tuition to Yale is $44,000. Room and board in one of Yale’s residential colleges is $13,500 per year, bringing the total cost to about $57,500 annually, not to mention costs of books, supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses. Yale guarantees to meet 100 percent of all students’ demonstrated financial need; as a result, the cost of Yale education is often considerably lower than the sticker price.

Bang For Your Buck

Here’s a shocker: you don’t have to be wealthy to have access to a Yale education. Thanks to a multibillion-dollar endowment, Yale operates a need-blind admissions policy and guarantees to meet 100 percent of each applicant’s demonstrated need. In fact, Yale’s annual expected financial aid budget is larger than many schools’ endowments. Yale spends more than $100 million dollars on student financial aid annually. The average scholarship award is around $35,000, and it’s entirely need-based—no athletic or merit scholarships are available. Seven hundred and fifty Yale undergraduates will have a $0 expected parent contribution next year—that’s more than 10 percent of its student body. Yale even provides undergraduates on financial aid with grant support for summer study and unpaid internships abroad.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,237

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,710

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,620

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$14,853

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
15%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,877

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,600
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$3,525

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

A typical Yalie is “tough to define because so much of what makes Yale special is the unique convergence of different students to form one cohesive entity. Nonetheless, the one common characteristic of Yale students is passion—each Yalie is driven and dedicated to what he or she loves most, and it creates a palpable atmosphere of enthusiasm on campus.” True enough, the student body represents a wide variety of ethnic, religious, economic, and academic backgrounds, but they all “thrive on learning, whether in a class, from a book, or from a conversation with a new friend.” Students here also “tend to do a lot.” “Everyone has many activities that they are a part of, which in turn fosters the closely connected feel of the campus.” Undergrads tend to lean to the left politically, but for “those whose political views aren’t as liberal as the rest of the campus…there are several campus organizations that cater to them.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,477
Out of State
94%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
118

Demographics

18.46%
Asian
7.56%
African-American
12.27%
Hispanic
52.54%
Caucasian
1.81%
Unknown
11.62%
International

49% female
51% male
94% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Yale is, of course, extremely challenging academically, but students assure us that “aside from the stress of midterms and finals, life at Yale is relatively care-free.” Work doesn’t keep undergrads from participating in “a huge variety of activities for fun. There are more than 400 student groups, including singing, dancing, juggling fire, theater…the list goes on. Because of all of these groups, there are shows on-campus all the time, which are a lot of fun and usually free or less than five dollars. On top of that, there are parties and events on campus and off campus, as well as many subsidized trips to New York City and Boston.” Many here “are politically active (or at least politically aware)” and “a very large number of students either volunteer or try to get involved in some sort of organization to make a difference in the world.” When the weekend comes around, “there are always parties to go to, whether at the frats or in rooms, but there’s definitely no pressure to drink if you don’t want to. A good friend of mine pledged a frat without drinking and that’s definitely not unheard of (but still not common).” The relationship between Yale and the city of New Haven “sometimes leaves a little to be desired, but overall it’s a great place to be for four years.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
86%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
350
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
19 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Academic
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Yale has four cultural houses, their websites can all be found here: http://www.yale.edu/yalecol/student_affairs/cultural/index.html

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New Haven
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Yale University created its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy in 2005 which not only commits Yale to sharing annual data related to its carbon footprint and energy efficiency, but also pledges that the campus will be 43 percent below 2005 levels for greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. To achieve this, among other strategies, Yale has been investing in renewable energy sources on campus, including wind power, solar electric and solar thermal and geothermal technologies, and biodiesel, and is currently installing a 1.25MW solar PV system. Yale released its first Sustainability Strategic Plan in 2010. Yale released its second Sustainability Strategic Plan 2013–2016 in October 2013 with 25 goals across five major operational areas of the university. To date Yale has completed twenty-one LEED-certified building projects. In the category of “LEED New Construction”: two LEED Platinum buildings (Sculpture, Kroon), five LEED Gold buildings (Greenberg, Malone, Lori/Rudolph, Health Services Center, Stoeckel Hall), and two LEED Silver-certified buildings (Chemistry Research Building, Rosenkranz). Major renovations include: eleven LEED Gold and one LEED Platinum laboratory renovations, and one LEED Gold academic building (493 College). In addition to buildings, Yale’s Sustainable Stormwater and Water Management Plans help guide the University’s storm water runoff strategies and reduce potable water consumption. Yale is also home to the Sustainability Service Corps (SSC), an initiative consisting of four student teams. The Compost Crew promotes waste minimization in the colleges and at events, the Energy Squad works toward energy awareness and conservation, the College & Old Campus Sustainability Coordinators represent each residential college and housing area and serve to implement sustainable practices college-wide. In addition, Yale is developing Sustainability Action Plans for its Professional Schools, museums and libraries, and various departments. Yale University is actively working to advance sustainability in international arenas and was a key proponent of the development of sustainability strategies amongst the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
42

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP,IBM, Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 208234
New Haven, CT 06520

Phone
2034329316


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Old Campus
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale Art Gallery
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Payne-Whitney Gymnasium
http://www.yale.edu/admit/visit/index.html

Most Popular Places Off Campus
New Haven Green
Chapel Street
Shubert Theater
Broadway
East Rock Park
British Art Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
2034329316

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 9am Some Sat 10am & Some M-F 2pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.yale.edu/athletics

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, is 50 miles from campus. Tweed Airport in New Haven has commuter service from most major East Coast cities. Amtrak trains serve New Haven from Boston or Washington, DC, via Penn Station in New York. There is hourly Metro-North train service between New Haven and Grand Central Station in New York; call 212-532-4900 for schedule details. Greyhound Bus Lines, the Arrow Line (800-231-2222), and Peter Pan Line (800-343-9999) provide intercity bus service to New Haven.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95, take Exit 47 to reach campus. From I-91, take Exit 3. Go past 3 lights and make the first right onto Hillhouse Avenue, where Yale is located.

Local Accommodations
http://admissions.yale.edu/travel-arrangements#hotel
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Key Stats

30,932
Applicants
5,477
Size
6%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists