Yale University.

Yale University

New Haven, CT4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Yale University

Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Collegiate School was renamed Yale College in 1718 to honor the school's largest benefactor, Elihu Yale.Chartered by Connecticut Colony, the Collegiate School was established in 1701 by clergy to educate Congregational ministers. It moved to New Haven in 1716 and shortly after was renamed Yale College in recognition of a gift from British East India Company governor Elihu Yale. Originally restricted to theology and sacred languages, the curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences by the time of the American Revolution. In the 19th century, the college expanded into graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first PhD in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887. Yale's faculty and student populations grew after 1890 with rapid expansion of the physical campus and scientific research. Yale is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and twelve professional schools. While the university is governed by the Yale Corporation, each school's faculty oversees its curriculum and degree programs. In addition to a central campus in downtown New Haven, the university owns athletic facilities in western New Haven, a campus in West Haven, Connecticut and forests and nature preserves throughout New England. The university's assets include an endowment valued at $30.3 billion as of September 2019, the second largest endowment of any educational institution in North America. The Yale University Library, serving all constituent schools, holds more than 15 million volumes and is the third-largest academic library in the United States.Yale College undergraduates follow a liberal arts curriculum with departmental majors and are organized into a social system of residential colleges. Almost all members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences—and some members of other faculties—teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually. Students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I – Ivy League. As of October 2020, 65 Nobel laureates, 5 Fields Medalists and 3 Turing award winners have been affiliated with Yale University. In addition, Yale has graduated many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 31 living billionaires and many heads of state. Hundreds of members of Congress and many U.S. diplomats, 78 MacArthur Fellows, 252 Rhodes Scholars, 122 Marshall Scholars, and nine Mitchell Scholars have been affiliated with the university.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 5,742 students
  • 2.75 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • https://www.yale.edu

Notable programs at Yale University

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Genetics, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

2,277 students out of 32,879 applicants were accepted into Yale University. They had an average SAT score of 1520. 61% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 57% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Yale University was $51,400. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $71,290.

Financial aid available at Yale University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

52% of undergraduate students at Yale University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Yale University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Yale University was of $15,500 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $3,670.

Diversity at Yale University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017