How to Get into Yale

Recorded Thursday, March 4 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream

School information

Yale University

New Haven, CT

One of the oldest and most highly ranked schools in the nation, Yale is known for its top-tier academics and slim acceptance rate.

Join Elias as he discusses Yale's admissions process, helping you develop strategies to maximize your chance at an acceptance at this prestigious school. Elias will cover a variety of topics including how to build a list of academic and extracurricular accomplishments that will look particularly impressive to Yale's admissions officers and how to craft successful college essays for Yale. He will also go over a sample essay.

We'll have a Q&A at the end of the session, so bring all of your questions about Yale!

School information

Yale University

New Haven, CT
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:42@marci:yes from Ottawa!
0:46@Sodetou:I can hear and see you
2:57@EricB:Loud and clear
15:41@anonymous:Can you change your major after you are admitted?
16:24@sidney:199 people🤯
21:54@anonymous:For the build your own major, could you mix two subjects? Such as religion and math? Ot would it only be to specify a very specific topic?
22:20@anonymous:Can you pursue Math with Minor in CS or double major Math/CS?
27:27@marci:Do interviews have any weight?
29:48@Anish.Bandari05:what if I had some mandatory courses which reduced the number of AP classes I took, would that affect my chances?
31:16@Anish.Bandari05:Does a good score on PSAT help?
32:27@Mia_Rossi:Is class rank a main factor in your application?
32:47@Marilyne:I have a 1330 currently. Should I submit?
32:50@anonymous:Regarding legacy status, does it matter if a parent attended the graduate school? Would it still be considered as a legacy?
32:54@anonymous:How do credit hours work at Yale?
32:56@anonymous:Does an Aunt with the same last name count as legacy?
33:01@Mia_Rossi:Does class ranking affect your chances in getting into Yale?
34:32@anonymous:I have all A in advanced STEM classes but got 2 Bs in English and History in 11th grade. Do I still have a chance?
34:48@anonymous:Is the transcript the most important document?
35:05@anonymous:How does volunteering affect the admission chances?
35:24@anonymous:If you started low(grades) in high school and got better would I get in
35:44@Anish.Bandari05:So I moved to the USA during my freshman year and I did not have any grades for quat 1, so my teacher decided to give me a 0 for quat 1, and because of that I have 1C on my transcript, will that affect my chances?
37:15@anonymous:What if I don't take a language all 4 years?
37:41@anonymous:How does getting deferred get decided according to this cutoff?
37:56@marci:What about international students? In Ontario, there is no GPA but percentage grades. Do you convert this to a GPA? Is you can take 6 APS but take 4, is that OK?
38:36@anonymous:does Yale check how much the Yale alumni donated over time? Does it influence their decision?
38:53@anonymous:What if I finished AP foreign lang by sophomore year
39:54@jingliusc:What's the average number of AP tests for an admitted freshman at Yale?
40:33@anonymous:Any idea whether children of Yale graduate/professional school alums have any legacy status in the admissions process? Guessing Yale College imparts stronger legacy status.
40:37@anonymous:8% legacy - is it based on donations or whether a parent attended Yale (small donations)?
41:49@sidney:What would be a “perfect” application theme for economics?
42:46@anonymous:Will making a club be helpful?
42:58@anonymous:does parent who was a post doc count as legacy
43:16@anonymous:My son has three years of Spanish in High School. His school requires three years to graduate so he is NOT planning to take the fourth year of Spanish. However, his school counselor has advised him to take the fourth year of Spanish citing that if he wants to pursue Yale, then he needs four years of Spanish. He is planning to pursue CS or Math in college and has been taking all advanced STEM classes at school. So per counselor, he should take another Spanish class instead of advanced CS class. What are your thoughts?
44:32@sidney:Probably I already said this lol, but my application theme is environmental protection and business, would it make sense considering my intended major is economics? What should I do to improve my chances of acceptance?
45:57@anonymous:he took regular Spanish not AP
46:00@anonymous:Can you have technology ask your spike and apply for a computer science major?
46:56@Anish.Bandari05:What if I am good at a language that isn't listed as a high school course? How would I prove my proficiency?
47:48@anonymous:is being a captain of Robotics enough to show leadership?
48:20@anonymous:can I register for AP at the end of the year if my school doesn't offer the AP test?
48:45@sidney:I founded a club in my freshman year, it was the first club in my HS and a lot of people attend it, and I connected great businesspeople in my city with the students, would it sound impressive?
51:08@sidney:Would you recommend writing an entire essay about my club? Or should I just mention about it once/twice?
52:03@anonymous:Is an 11 out of 922 rank good? Also, what year in high school is best to start a club?
53:37@anonymous:Is it okay to start a club in freshman year?
54:51@anonymous:What club achievements does Yale look for?
55:56@emilymo:everything is good on my side!
57:09@anonymous:Yes now.
62:31@anonymous:does engineering prompt apply to CS?
65:44@anonymous: Does yale appreciate creative takes?
67:46@anonymous:Sorry about the ambiguity, like does yale appreciate it if students take the essay and, although they follow the prompt, it’s not like every other essay the other applicants submit?
68:12@anonymous:what is acceptance rate for students who want to pursue CS vs. Math?
69:11@anonymous:is yale looking for more women of color in engineering?
75:30@anonymous:Do online courses on platforms such as coursera through yale help your application?
76:22@sidney:What Yale cares the most?
77:19@anonymous:do I have better chances if apply with Math as intended major vs. CS?
78:04@anonymous:Unrelated, may I ask what symphony you're conducting in Vienna?
79:24@anonymous:am allowed to transfer my community college credits to yale?
80:38@anonymous:Do volunteer hours effect my chances to getting into yale?
81:16@anonymous:As an international student, is it more challenging to get accepted to Yale
81:21@sidney:Applying for econ major, do I necessarily need to have economics-related activities? I’m really passionate about business and sustainability, would it sound less impressive considering that I don’t have “traditional” economics activities?
82:17@anonymous:Do middle school hours count if there’s a LOT of them, like hundreds?
82:36@Marilyne:I am questbridge. So I am limited in the activities I can add so how do I select the rankings for activities? Also can I integrate my other activities to my essays?
84:39@anonymous:do highschool classes from middle school count?
84:45@anonymous:My son has three years of regular Spanish in High School. His school requires three years to graduate so he is NOT planning to take the fourth year of Spanish. However, his school counselor has advised him to take the fourth year of Spanish citing that if he wants to pursue Yale, then he needs four years of Spanish. He is planning to pursue CS or Math in college and has been taking all advanced STEM classes at school. So per counselor, he should take another Spanish class instead of CS class. What are your thoughts?
86:38@Marilyne:Does being a United States Youth Ambassador and having a campaign internship the king of elite activities Yale is looking for?
87:25@sidney:I was thinking about writing my PS about how I discovered my passion for my two distinctive areas of study, should I write it in my PS or or in a “Why X University?”, considering that I would talk about the specific classes I want to take there.
88:52@testme:My son has a GPA of 3.8. He has the most rigorous classes. He has some national awards in math, cs, volunteer work. What can he do to enhance his opportunities for Yale with his low GPA?
89:42@sidney:You have no idea how much you've been helping me this year Eliasssssss
90:32@Mia_Rossi:bye! thank you!


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