Yale University (CT)

Yale University (CT)


Restricted Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016

Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Common Application


Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions (to be updated):

  •  What in particular about Yale has influenced your decision to apply? (Please answer in 100 words or less.)
  • Please respond in 25 words or fewer to each of the questions below:
    • You have been granted a free weekend next month. How will you spend it?
    • What is something about which you have changed your mind in the last three years?
    • What is the best piece of advice you have received while in high school?
    •  What do you wish you were better at being or doing?
    •  What is a learning experience, in or out of the classroom, that has had a significant impact on you?
  • If any of your education prior to secondary school has taken place outside of the country where you currently reside, please list the dates of attendance, institution, country and language of instruction. (500 words maximum)
  • In this essay, please reflect on something you would like us to know about you that we might not learn from the rest of your application, or on something about which you would like to say more. You may write about anything—from personal experiences or interests to intellectual pursuits. (Please answer in 500 words or less.)

Coalition Application


Coalition Application Essays:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution. 
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

 School Specific Essay (to be updated)

Documents Required:

  •  Application and Yale-Specific Questions (Submit ONLY ONE Application)
  • $80 Application Fee or Waiver
  • 2 Teacher Recommendations
  • Secondary School Report including Transcript and Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Final Report
  • SAT (w/h writing) or ACT (w/h writing) - History record required
  • SAT Subject Tests (Recommended)
  • TOEFL (100 min), IELTS(7.0 min), or PTE (70 min

Other Information:

Address: Yale College
               Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               38 Hillhouse Avenue
               New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: 203-432-9300
 203-432-9370, 203-777-6120 (for missing application materials only.)
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3987

ACT Code: 0618