Yale University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,New Haven,USA

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Srishti Chatterjee

Yale University has been the center of research and innovation for the past 300 years. From participating in the American Revolution to signing the Declaration of Independence, Yale graduates have been an integral part of American history. Its alumni consist of 62 Nobel laureates, five Fields Medalists, and three Turing Award winners. In 2011, it established the Yale-NUS College in Singapore to redefine liberal arts and science education in Asia. This college was formed as a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore, making it the first liberal arts college in Asia. It supports a curriculum that includes both Western and Asian traditions.  

A private Ivy League research institution, Yale has more than 4,800 faculty, including both visiting and resident professors. The student-to-faculty ratio of Yale College is 6:1 and 73.4 percent of its classes have less than 20 students. This allows flexibility in teaching and ensures maximum student-teacher interaction. Most majors require a final-year coursework submission, be it a project, essay, research, or portfolio. Thus, the student-teacher interaction opportunity enables students to complete their coursework by scheduling one-on-one sessions with their professors.

Courses Offered


What all courses are available to international students?


Yale has 80 majors and 2,000 courses in its undergraduate curriculum. Students usually opt for a major in their second year of study. It also offers Yale Summer Session, an undergraduate program, where visiting students from around the world can opt for selective courses. The Graduate School confers MS, MA, M.A.S, MPhil, and PhD degrees in over 70 disciplines. It is distinct from Yale's 12 professional schools, where each school has its set of programs, admissions, and degree requirements. The Graduate School and the professional schools also offer joint degree programs such as MBA/MFA with Yale School of Drama or MBA/MEM or MF with Yale School of the Environment.

To know more about courses offered by Purdue, read their catalog here.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


Yale College requirements for UG students are mostly the same for all courses. However, a few score requirements may vary. For details, check the respective course page.

Note: ACT or SAT scores are not compulsory for Fall 2021 admission, but students applying in Fall 2022 or later need to submit either SAT or ACT scores.

For Graduate School, eligibility includes:

  • Bachelor's degree or its international equivalent
  • GRE/MCAT/LSAT: As per course requirement
  • IELTS Speaking: 7.5 or below, as per course requirement
  • TOEFL Speaking: 25 or below, as per course requirement

Note: GMAT may be accepted as a substitute for GRE for Management courses. Refer to the course page for details.

For MBA programs

  • Bachelor's degree or its international equivalent
  • GMAT: No minimum requirement
  • GRE: No minimum requirement
  • Work experience is not mandatory but preferred: Five years (average)

Note: As per the Class Profile of 2021, the GMAT class average was 720, and the GRE-V class average was 165.


What all documents are needed for application?


All original academic documents attached to the application need to be in English or accompanied by English translated documents. 

For UG aspirants, the following documents are required:

For PG students:

  • Academic transcripts
  • IELTS or TOEFL score reports
  • GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT score reports
  • Resume/CV
  • Essays or SOP, as per course requirement
  • Two to three LORs
  • Additional or optional supplements, as per course requirement
  • Financial documents
  • Fee waiver form, if any


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


UG students need to pay USD 80 application fee while applying through the Common Application or Coalition Application website. QuestBridge National College Match Application has no application fee, but only the selected finalists (US students only) can apply through this website. To know more about this, visit the university website. Students applying to the Graduate School need to pay USD 105 application fee. Each professional school has its separate application portal; hence, the application fee will vary. Please note that the Application Fee Waiver is open to all, and students can apply for this waiver without additional documentation.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


The Yale University tuition fee will vary from course to course. The table below is an estimation of the tuition fee for international students.

Note: MBA program fee is all-inclusive (tuition and program fee). The tuition fee fluctuates yearly. Please check the university website for the exact fee structure.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


Yale is committed to admitting deserving students irrespective of their financial circumstances and ensures that they graduate without excessive debt. Thus, it offers a range of scholarships, financial aid, grants, and fellowship depending on the program/course. In the 2018-19 academic year, 3,149 freshmen students received scholarships/grants. The amount awarded to each student as a scholarship/grant by Yale was between USD 600 and USD 82,000. On the other hand, most of the master’s aspirants do not receive any financial aid. However, some programs may offer limited funding. In some professional programs, a student is automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There is no separate procedure or application required to be eligible for this scholarship. PhD aspirants are offered a fellowship that covers the full cost of tuition along with a 12-month stipend and free health insurance. Visit the financial aid website for more information.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


The undergraduate admissions start around August through the Common Application and the Coalition Application website. 

Note: The QuestBridge National College Match Application is only for US citizens, permanent residents, and students currently attending US high schools.

UG programs are offered in only Fall-Intake, and the following are the deadlines for UG application:



Early Action


Regular Decision


Financial Aid Application

Early Action: Early-November
Regular Decision: Mid-March


All graduate programs are offered in the Fall-Intake only. Each program and course has a separate application process and deadline. Usually, the deadlines are early-December or early-January. For details, check the respective website.

Yale’s full-time MBA program is offered in the Fall term only with a rolling deadline.

Round + Deadlines


Round 1: Mid-September


Round 2: Early-January


Round 3: Early-April


Note: Deadlines are subject to change every year. Check the School of Management website for more information.


How to apply to UG courses?


You may apply to UG courses through any one of the websites: Common Application or Coalition Application. Only one application per admission cycle is allowed. After application submission, you will receive details of the Yale Admissions Status Portal via email, which will enable you to view and track your application status. You will be able to go through the application checklist and change any personal details, if required, such as email address, phone number, etc.


How to apply to PG courses?


Apart from the professional courses, you can apply to graduate courses through Yale’s Application Management portal. Professional schools have separate application portal.

Applying through Yale’s Application Management Portal

First-time users need to create an account first. Link: apply.grad.yale.edu/apply/

After creating your account, log in to the portal and start your application.

Choose your intake year and select ‘Create Application’.

Read the instructions carefully before proceeding. As you can see below, there are ten sections that need to be filled before reviewing and submitting the application.




When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


For UG courses, the results are declared via the Yale Admissions Status Portal as per the following submissions:

Type of Deadline

University Decision

Early Action


Regular Decision


Acceptance from the Student: May 1


For graduate programs, the university sends its decisions by February or early-March. If accepted, the student needs to send acceptance by April 15.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances to get into this university?


While Yale looks at the holistic profile of a candidate, a strong academic background can further add value to your application. Academic strength is the first thing the admission department considers while going through a student’s profile. This further ensures that the student, if admitted, is academically prepared for the rigorous curriculum of the university. The Yale College acceptance rate for Freshman Class 2024 was 6.6 percent. Adding to this, the university advises aspirants to pursue what they love and ‘be yourself’. Students should be honest and talk about their interests, goals, and how Yale can help them in achieving those goals. In short, the supplementary essays matter as much as the academic transcripts. Certain programs involve an interview process as well, which is another opportunity to present oneself as a unique individual. An aspirant should focus less on what the interviewer wants to hear and instead highlight one’s attributes such as leadership, ability to collaborate, active community service, and the ability to contribute to classes.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?


Yale claims to house over 5,000 international students and scholars from more than 120 countries. In the Freshmen Class 2019, China, Canada, India, South Korea, United Kingdom, and Germany were the most represented countries.






Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


International students can work part-time or full-time according to their visa status. J-1 Visa students can undergo Academic Training based on the degree level and length of the program. They are allowed to work part-time or full-time but not more than 20 hours per week. F-1 Visa students need to be enrolled in a full-time degree course to work while studying. They can work on-campus part-time while the school is in session and full-time during vacations and holidays, but not more than 20 hours per week. Students opting for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) need to follow specific rules given on the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) website. Working off-campus may be allowed if a student can prove “severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond their control, which arose after obtaining the F-1 students status”. For this, the application needs to be endorsed by the OISS and then submitted to USCIS for approval. See the OISS website for details.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


Yale has two campuses in the US —the main campus and the West campus. These two campuses constitute the 14 schools/department, including the Yale College (undergraduate), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the 12 professional schools. It also has a separate center for the interdisciplinary study of sacred music, worship, and the related arts known as the Institute of Sacred Music.



Is on-campus housing available?


Students may live either on-campus or off-campus at Yale. UG first-year students are either assigned a residential college or live at Old Campus and later shift to a residential college in the second year. Some students may opt to live off-campus as well. For students in the graduate and the professional school, the option for on-campus accommodation is limited. The university advises to apply for on-campus housing as early as possible and not wait till the last date. The application starts on April 22 and continues till mid-summer. For living off-campus, students can refer to the Off-Campus Living website to find rooms, apartments, or houses to rent. Elm City Partners is another website where students can find Yale-owned properties for rent. For more details, check the OISS website.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


Address: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (CT) – 06520, USA

Website: www.yale.edu/

Contact No: +1-203-432-4771


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