How to Get into Yale!
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In this article we cover
- How hard is it to get into Yale?
- The test scores and grades you need to get into Yale
- What you should do in high school to get into Yale?
- Advice for the Yale supplemental essays
- Your Yale admissions checklist
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Yale is a world-class academic institution located in new haven Connecticut. Even students who do not aspire to become a bulldog are aware of its academic reputation. Yale is one of the more difficult Ivy League schools to gain admission to and overall one of the hardest schools in the world to get admission to. As I’ve stressed in other article guides the key to a winning college application is a look at the intended Ivy League school. As its own unique establishment because each school of course values a different set of characteristics.
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So in this article guide I’m going to use data and information provided by Yale to explore and inform you of what characteristics of school values in its prospective students. This includes grades test scores and extracurricular as well as the intrinsic qualities that make up you. By the end of this article I hope to give you an overall strategic plan on how to organize your high school career and application to best fit what Yale is looking for.
How hard is it to get into Yale?
In the 2018 application cycle Yale received a total of about thirty five thousand applications.
- Of those, 2,224 were admitted.
- This puts the yellow admissions rate at about 6.3% and makes it one of the top three most difficult Ivy League schools to get into.
- For comparison, Harvard’s admission rate for that year was 4.59%, while Princeton’s and Columbia’s were 5.5%.
Looking at data for the past five years Yale’s admission rate has fluctuated between 6.3 percent and 6.9 percent but it never dipped lower than that. if this trend continues which it probably will when you're reading this article. We can expect the rate to remain consistent for the next application cycle.
What are the grades and scores necessary for Yale?
Unlike some of the other Ivy League schools Yale does not release data about the middle 50 percent of ACT and SAT test scores for its admitted students. It shares test score ranges and the percent of students admitted. Who score in those ranges which can also give you a lot of information regarding your application?
Here’s the data from the class of 2022
|ACT Score Range||Percentage of admitted students who scored in this range|
|ACT Score Range||Percentage of admitted students who scored in this range(EBRW)||Percentage of admitted students who scored in this range(MATH)|
Analyzing this data, these are the primary takeaway points:
- You should aim to get a 32 or ideally much higher on the ACT.
- You should aim to get at least a 700 on the SAT’s EBRW Section.
- You should aim to get at least a 760 for the SAT’s Math Section.
Ideally make sure your scores are higher the aforementioned points are important because the percentage of admitted students who scored below these numbers is significantly lower than those. Who achieve these numbers or above finally 95 percent of students for the class of 2022.
Who reported their class rank were in the top 10 of their high school class. So it is also essential that you get a competitive high school GPA to have the best chances of getting a deal. But that seems like common sense Yale is really hard to get into.
What should you do in high school to get into Yale?
When considering the intrinsic not so obvious as test course qualities of a potential. We scoured Yale’s mission statement admissions process and advice columns to gain a sense of what Yale was looking for. I found several repeating themes
1- Yale values academic strength.
There’s no way around this one. The school literally states that academic strength is its first consideration in its application process page. This quality is actually distinct from achieving competitive GPA’s and standardized test scores because while there are also prerequisites to you they are not what will ultimately get you into the school.
Rather you must demonstrate your academic strength in unstandardized ways and in a multitude of contexts. There are many ways in which you can approach this.
Here are some examples:
- You can join a club like (Debate team, Model UN, Math Olympiads or Choir, etc.) and participate in that club consistently, and become extremely competent in it. You need to show your dedication.
- And also document and demonstrate your successes through winning competitions and achieving rankings.
- Develop a close relationship with at least two teachers in subjects you are passionate about. This way they will be able to attest your abilities, curiosities and academic excellence, as well as characterize their personality to admissions officers when they write your recommendation.
- Pursue interests that are not “required” and take place outside of school. For example, do you love being in nature and studying bird’s then join a local Audubon society and talk about your fascination and knowledge of birds in the essays.
2- Yale admits students who they know will utilize the immeasurable amount of resources available at its campus.
At Yale you'll be able to delve deep into whatever it is you wish to pursue. Well-renowned professor’s academics, technology, connections, and perhaps even peers will be available to you to reach out to - as long as you have the desire and self-initiative.
What this means is that you must show Yale that you have used your time in high school well?
So show Yale the following…
- How far have you gone to learn about a single topic
- Show you that there is no inconvenience great enough to stop you from acquiring knowledge or skill.
- Show Yale you will reach out and find the resources even when they are not readily available to you. This means you are accessing resources in your greater community (like your neighborhood, school, district, and city, etc).
Yale looks for future leaders. People who will contribute to and create ripples at their institutions and then to the world at large.
Unlike some other schools that favor specializations in a few topics, Yale favors those who “stand out from the rest because of a lot of little things, when added up, taped to scale in their favor.”
No one thing matters the most or carries the most weight in your application. Rather you may pursue a multitude of interest’s passions and curiosities as long as you pursue them with purpose and show that you have made an impact in those areas. And created of course a long lasting impression.
Here's some general advice for the Yale supplemental essays
Yale accepts three types of applications which they review with no discrimination or biases which is a good thing.
There is a common application, coalition application, as well as the quest bridge application.
- The coalition application is made available to schools that have shown that they give adequate attention to low-income and under-represented students who are admitted. Therefore, if you or your family will need aid in order to pay for education, the coalition app is a good choice, since it can act as an automatic filter for schools based on financial aid.
Now this isn't true all the time but it's just a signal and it's good to keep in mind.
- If you would like to streamline your application process and financial aid is not a huge concern for you, even if it is then use the common application, because more colleges and universities accept this application than the coalition.
Most of the schools you apply to will accept a common application.
One other thing to consider is that Yale specific questions differ for the common and coalition application.
- One other thing to consider is that the Yale - specific questions differ for the common and coalition applications. Applicants using the common app are asked to choose two short answer essay questions (from three) to respond to, while applicants using the coalition app may choose to submit a digital file of their creation along with a short reflection, in lieu of course of responding to the two essay prompts.
Again neither one is more important but if you have to choose just go with the common app.
- The quest bridge application is for highly motivated high school students who have excelled academically despite being disadvantaged. It is an application that allows you to talk about your unique circumstances or background and it's a great thing. Specifically it is for students who come from families earning less than $65,000 a year (for a family for with minimal assets).
Regardless of which application you choose to submit the yield specific essay and short intersections emphasize similar themes we have already touched on. These include academic interests and inspirations why Yale is a good fit for your learning. How you utilize Yale's resources. And what you would be able to contribute to your peers and community.
Strategically choose your prompts and the focuses of your responses so that you present a well-rounded robust and genuine individual who meets all four vl standards for its students.
Now here's a checklist for the Yale application:
- Coalition application, Common application, or Quest bridge application (due by January 2nd for regular decision).
- Your application fee or a fee waiver.
- SAT or ACT scores and sat subject test scores (Scores should be submitted to Yale by early march for regular decision).
- School report (including transcript) submit that by January 2nd) ideally sooner.
- One counselor led our recommendation (submit that by January 2nd).
- Letter is a recommendation from two teachers (again submit that by January 2nd) but ideally way sooner.
- The mid-year report (which is due when your first semester/term senior grades are available at your school).
- Your financial aid application (which is due on March 15th for regular decision) but you should get started on in October.
Conclusion- How to get into Yale!
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