Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Type: Private research university (Ivy League)
Yale University was founded in 1701 and is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
Yale’s central campus in downtown New Haven covers 260 acres and comprises its main, historic campus and a medical campus adjacent to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. In western New Haven, the university holds 500 acres of athletic facilities, including the Yale Golf Course.
Yale views college as a time for students to explore, exercise curiosity, and discover new interests and abilities. Students are provided with an immersive, collaborative, and inspiring environment where they can develop a broadly informed, highly disciplined intellect that will help them be successful in whatever work they finally choose.
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.
With 20% of the student body coming from abroad, Yale University offers a diverse and exciting global environment in which to study. Yale’s history of including international students is a long one, starting back in the 1800s. Today, Yale welcomes the largest international community in its history, with a current enrollment of 2,581 international students from 118 countries.
- Yale has graduated many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 13 living billionaires, and many foreign heads of state. In addition, Yale has graduated hundreds of members of Congress and many high-level U.S. diplomats. 52 Nobel laureates, 5 Fields Medalists, 230 Rhodes Scholars, and 118 Marshall Scholars have been affiliated with the University.
- 15% of Yale College students are expected to have no parental contribution, and about 50% receive some form of financial aid
- Yale University Library, which holds over 15 million volumes, is the third-largest university collection in the United States
- The U.S. News & World Report ranked Yale third among U.S. national universities for 2016
- It was ranked 15th in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings
- Ranked 12th in the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
- The Academic Ranking of World Universities placed Yale at 11th in the world in 2015
- Yale offers over 2000 courses and over 80 majors
Yale University Quick Facts
The Yale University athletic team are known as the ‘Bulldogs’. They participate in the Ivy League Conference and are ranked in the NCAA Division I.
Men’s teams: Baseball, basketball, crew (rowing), cross country/track, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, squash, swimming/diving, and tennis.
Women’s teams: Basketball, crew (rowing), cross country/track, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming/diving, tennis, and volleyball.
Yale University offers more than 80 majors to choose from in their undergraduate curriculum.
Yale University major programs: http://catalog.yale.edu/ycps/majors-in-yale-college/
Yale’s residential college system allows students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the cultural and scholarly resources of a large university; the residential colleges do much to foster spirit, allegiance, and a sense of community at Yale.
Before freshman year, all incoming undergraduates are assigned to one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. Students remain affiliated with their residential college for all 4 years (and beyond). Yale makes every effort to represent the diversity of the entire undergraduate community within every residential college. The residential college system offers students a familiar, comfortable living environment, personal interaction with faculty members and administrators, and exciting opportunities for academic and extracurricular exploration.
Every residential college has its own head and dean, both of whom are Yale faculty members. The head and dean live in the college with their families and eat their meals with students in the dining hall.
Yale University undergraduate housing information: http://yalecollege.yale.edu/campus-life/residential-colleges
There are three ways to apply to Yale for freshman admission:
- Common Application with Yale-specific questions
- Coalition Application with Yale-specific questions
- QuestBridge National College Match Application
Select the option that is right for you. Yale will accept any one of these applications, without preference for one over another. Students should submit one – and only one – application per admissions cycle.
In addition, students are required to provide:
- $80 application fee
- Two teacher recommendations
- Counselor recommendation
- School report (including transcript)
- Standardized testing results (either SAT or ACT with Writing. There is no minimum score required for admission, nor is there a score that will guarantee admission)
- For non-native English speakers that have not had at least 2 years of high school with an English curriculum, Yale strongly recommends taking the TOEFL test (minimum acceptable score of 100 on the Internet based test) or IELTS test (minimum acceptable score of 7) to demonstrate English proficiency.
- Final year report
Please note that if your application materials include any documents that are not in English, you must provide an official English translation in addition to the original documents. Ustudy can help clients with translations, and presenting transcripts in an Americanized format.
Yale University information for international student admissions (undergraduate freshman): http://admissions.yale.edu/applying-yale-international-student
Yale University information for other international student admissions (graduate students, and for specific professional schools): http://world.yale.edu/admissions
Yale University article: “What We Look For”
The total cost of attendance for attending Yale in 2015-2016 is $65,725, which includes tuition ($47,600), room ($8,200), board/meals ($6,400), and books and personal expenses ($3,520).
Yale University information about tuition and fees: http://finaid.yale.edu/costs-affordability/costs
Financial Aid / Scholarships:
Yale awards all undergraduate ﬁnancial aid solely on the basis of ﬁnancial need. Significant financial assistance is offered to international students to cover tuition costs – just as is offered to students from the U.S. Each school at Yale has its own procedures for applying for financial assistance or fellowships. Please contact directly the school to which you are applying for their list of fellowships and financial aid opportunities.
Interesting note: In recent years, the average Yale Scholarship (a need-based grant) has been $43,230 for students on financial aid and roughly 52% of Yale students receive need-based financial aid. Parent contribution for households with less than $65,000 in annual income and typical assets is $0.
Yale University information on financial aid: http://admissions.yale.edu/faq/financial-aid