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What Exactly are Yale's Application Requirements?

Hey folks, I've been pondering my college choices and Yale has come to mind. Just wanted to ask something. What are the exact requirements that Yale needs in an application? Is there a specific number of recommendation letters, activities, etc.? Thanks!

8 days ago

Sure, I can definitely help clarify the application requirements for Yale. As of the 2024-2025 application cycle, Yale University is no longer test optional and requires either the SAT or the ACT. It does not require the writing section for either test, as it does not exist anymore. The school does not accept self-reported test scores, however, so official reports will need to be sent through College Board or ACT.

As for recommendation letters, Yale requires two letters from two teachers who know you well and can highlight your strengths as a student. Ideally, these teachers should be in core academic subjects and of the current school year or the year before. Yale also requires a counselor recommendation.

Regarding extracurricular activities, there isn't a specific number that Yale requires. It's more about the depth of commitment and leadership within the activities you choose. A successful applicant often has about 8 to 10 total activities that they're highly involved in, showing a good balance of breadth and depth.

Then, there's the Yale-specific supplement in the Common App, which includes several short answer questions and two essay prompts. These give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your interest in Yale and what you can bring to their community.

Lastly, Yale encourages applicants to submit an update about their most recent grades or new accomplishments since they applied, but it's not required.

Remember, it's the holistic assessment of these components that matter in the admissions decision, rather than the individual elements themselves. Good luck with your application!

8 days ago

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