Yale University

About Yale University

Yale University, a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut, was founded in 1701 as “Collegiate School.” The third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world, Yale stands as one of eight Ivy League universities, alongside other renowned institutions such as Harvard, Princeton and Cornell. It is known for its strong programs in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as its professional schools, including the Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Yale School of Management.

Yale has a diverse student body, with students coming from all 50 U.S. states and over 120 countries. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs through its undergraduate college, graduate school of arts and sciences, and 12 professional schools. Yale is  well-known for its undergraduate liberal arts program which emphasizes small-group instruction, independent research, and a wide range of elective options.

In addition to its academic programs, Yale is also home to a number of research centers and institutes, including the Yale Center for British Art, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. The university also has a strong athletic program, with its teams competing in the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference.

Yale has a long and rich history. Its campus is home to a number of historically significant buildings, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Harkness Tower. It also has a strong tradition of public service and community engagement, with many students participating in volunteer and service opportunities both on and off campus.


SAT & ACT Score Ranges

Yale University considers admission test scores (SAT/ACT) during the application process, but does not require them. Students who were admitted to Yale University and enrolled typically had admission test scores in these ranges.

 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing740760780
 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***

Students Submitting Scores


Undergraduate Admissions

Number of applicants50,060
% admitted5%
% who enrolled68%

*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above