Liberal Arts College and Research University: Embrace “And”

Yale is best defined by the word and. Yale is both a research university and a liberal arts college. Its students and scholars are driven by the constant pursuit of innovation and more than 300 years of tradition. Yale students excel in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering at the highest levels, without being limited to a single discipline. Students of all backgrounds, beliefs, identities, and interests join a global intellectual community that values a multifaceted approach to undergraduate education—an approach defined by and.

Academic Programs

All Yale undergraduates enroll in a single liberal arts college with nearly 2,000 undergraduate courses and 80 majors available. All students begin their academic journey undeclared, with access to all the same courses, and without the restrictions of a core curriculum. Yale students complete thirty-six to forty courses on their way to a bachelor’s degree. One third to one half of those courses will form a major, which students declare at the end of sophomore year.

Yale students choose every course for themselves, with the benefit of a ten-day “Shopping Period” at the beginning of each semester. During this time, students may visit a large number of classes before registering for four or five. Regardless of their major, all students complete distributional requirements that ensure breadth of academic interest (humanities and arts, sciences, and social sciences) and skills (writing, quantitative reasoning, and foreign language). Yale’s liberal arts approach lays a firm foundation for any profession by empowering students to think critically, communicate clearly, and reason independently. Learn more about Academic Programs.

Residential Life

The unique Residential College housing system is at the heart of the Yale College experience. Each undergraduate is randomly assigned to one of fourteen Residential Colleges. Each close-knit community, housed in stunning buildings centered on a green courtyard, serves as a microcosm of Yale’s diverse student population, while preserving the intimacy of a smaller college experience. Faculty and advisors affiliated with each College form an integrated support system, and each College hosts guest speakers, fellowships, and cultural events. Learn more about Residential College living.

Extracurricular Pursuits

A Yale education is not confined to the classroom. Yale students mount over 250 theatrical and musical performances each year; write for innumerable undergraduate publications; launch business ventures through the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking; celebrate their identities through numerous religious and cultural groups; and compete on nearly 100 varsity, club, and intramural athletic teams. Students travel to more than 100 foreign countries annually, engaging in scholarship, research, and public service through more than 1,000 internship, fellowship, research, and study abroad opportunities. Learn more about extracurricular pursuits.

Admissions Website

Deadline Information

Admissions decisions for Single-Choice Early Action candidates are made available online in mid-December. Decisions for Regular Decision candidates are made available online by April 1. All students offered admission through Early Action or Regular Decision must reply by May 1.

Required Application Material

There are three ways to apply to Yale for first-year admission:

  • The Coalition Application with Yale-Specific Questions
  • The Common Application with Yale-Specific Questions
  • The QuestBridge National College Match Application

Yale will accept any one of these applications, without preference for one over another. Students should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. For more information on application options, visit

Students applying through all platforms should also submit:

Review the full application instructions and components at

Financial Aid

Yale admits students without regard to their ability to pay and meets 100% of demonstrated financial need. For all students. Without loans.

Yale’s financial aid policies ensure that no student will ever need to decline a place in the class for financial reasons. Students who qualify for a Yale financial aid award receive a need-based Yale Scholarship that can vary from a few thousand dollars to over $60,000 per year. Families whose total gross income is less than $65,000 (with typical assets) are not expected to make any financial contribution towards their child’s Yale education.

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  • 51% of current students receive a Yale need-based financial aid award.
  • 64% of current students receive financial assistance from Yale or an outside source.
  • 86% of students graduated with no loan debt.
  • Average Financial Aid Award for current students - $52,300.
  • Total Cost of Attendance - $75,925. Median Net Cost for students on financial aid: $11,200.

We encourage you to read more about Yale Financial Aid here.

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