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Yale University Ranking: Dive into this Ivy League Institution!

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December 31, 2022

Since its establishment in 1701, Yale has established itself as one of the most highly-regarded universities in the world. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Before applying to Yale, read on for a complete overview of the Yale University ranking, admissions process, and deadlines!

Yale University, at a Glance 

Spanning across 1,015 acres of land, Yale is made up of fourteen constituent schools: the College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 13 professional schools. In addition to its top-notch schools, Yale has twelve residential colleges, each with its own activities, dining hall, and exclusive seminars. Branford, Silliman, Davenport, and Saybrook Colleges are the most popular residential colleges.

In total, Yale is made up of 14,525 students, with a 22% international student enrollment. In addition to being affiliated with 65 Nobel laureates, Yale has produced many notable alumni across multiple disciplines, such as Meryl Streep, Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and William Boeing. 

Yale University Ranking

According to university rankings released by QS, US News & World Report, and Times Higher Education, Yale University has established itself as one of the top twenty universities in the world. Here's a glance of the latest Yale University rankings:

  • QS World University Rankings - 18th 
  • US News & World Report Global Universities Rankings - 11th 
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings - 9th

Yale also stands at the top of national and global subject-specific rankings. It offers a number of the top courses in the world, some of which are listed below:

QS World University Rankings  US News & World Report Times Higher Education World University Rankings
#6 in Arts and Humanities
#10 in Biological Sciences 
#13 in Physics and Astronomy
#8 in Economics and Econometrics 
#4 in Psychiatry/Psychology
#5 in Arts and Humanities
#6 in Oncology
#8 in Endocrinology and Metabolism
#9 in Immunology
#11 in Environment/Ecology
#7 in Life Sciences 
#7 in Psychology
#9 in Business and Economics 
#9 in Clinical and Health 
#12 in Arts and Humanities
#10 in Social Sciences 
#12 in Physical Sciences 

Applying to Yale University

As one of the most prestigious schools in the United States, Yale is known for its extremely low acceptance rate. Moreover, in the latest undergraduate admissions cycle, only 2,234 students were accepted into Yale's class of 2026, with 1,434 coming from the regular admissions round. The table below shows Yale's most recent statistics on undergraduate admissions:

Admissions cycle  Total Applicants Accepted Students Acceptance rate 
2022 50,015 2,234 4.46%
2021  46,905 2,169  4.62%
2020 35,220 2,304 6.54%

There are three options for students to apply to Yale, which includes the QuestBridge National College Match application, the Coalition Application, and the Common Application. For all these platforms, the application deadlines are the same:

  • Single-Choice Early Action - November 1st
  • QuestBridge National College Match - November 1st 
  • Regular decision - January 2nd

Admissions decisions for Single-Choice Early Action will come out in mid-December. As for Regular Decision, admissions decisions will come out on April 1. The deadline to reply to an offer of admission is May 1 for both Early Action and Regular Decision applicants.

You are required to pay a non-refundable $80 fee for your Yale application. In addition to your application, you will also need to submit several documents for the Yale Supplement, including:

  • Recommendation letters from two teachers and one counselor
  • High School Report 
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Test results for the SAT or ACT (optional)

The two teachers who provide recommendations for a student must have taught you in a core academic subject, including:

  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies


Admission to Yale is one of the most competitive processes in the world, but if you are willing to work hard and stretch your limits, then it's worth applying to. From sending transcripts to writing essays, you will have a chance to study at the most compelling and thought-provoking classes out there!

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