what is yale looking for?
Yale’s residential college system and focus on providing a liberal arts education make it a popular choice for many top applicants. Applications at Yale are evaluated by committees comprised of the admissions staff, Yale faculty, and deans. The primary questions they ask during the evaluation are:
“Who is likely to make the most of Yale’s resources?” and “Who will contribute most significantly to the Yale community?”
Yale rates every applicant in two separate areas on a 1 to 4 scale (1 being the highest and 4 being the lowest): (1) Academic Rating and (2) Personal Rating.
Yale, like all Ivy League schools, looks for students with a deep intellectual curiosity.
Yale, like all Ivy League schools, looks for students who are specialists as opposed to those who are well-rounded.
What is Yale's current acceptance rate?
4.6% for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.
What is Solomon Admissions' success rate to Yale?
24.0% for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.
For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, we had a 24.0% acceptance rate to Yale. Solomon Admissions provided an advantage factor of 5.2X for our clients. You can see more of our acceptance rates here.
Yale Admissions Counselors
Because the applicant pool is so stellar at Yale with an overflow of people who have the highest academic qualifications, recommendation letters at Yale are critical to distinguish perfect students who are good from perfect students who are great.
Yale looks closely for evidence of intellectual vitality, leadership, and the potential for contribution in the recommendation letters. During the past decade, Yale has made a push to compete for top engineering students who usually end up at:
Since Yale’s engineering program has historically lagged behind the above-mentioned schools’ engineering programs, Yale is very receptive to strong engineering applicants.
Yale Supplemental Essays
Solomon Admissions provides extensive guidance on the Yale supplemental essays to its clients, and here is an example of how our former admissions officers would recommend approaching the Yale supplementals:
Why does Yale appeal to you? (100 words or less)
The “Why Yale” question is an important supplemental question at Yale. Applicants must address why their learning style and academic interests fit with the academic philosophy at Yale.