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Yale University Data & Information Overview

467 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
5% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Yale University Ranked?

#8 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in CT
Political Science & Government Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Yale University was awarded 467 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is political science & government.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Yale is ranked #8 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Yale held the #15 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Yale is also ranked #1 out of 28 schools in Connecticut.

See all of the rankings for Yale University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Yale?

5% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
54% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Yale since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 5%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to Yale submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 730 and 780. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Yale University  ( 730 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Yale University  ( 750 to 800 )
Yale received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Yale University  ( 33 to 35 )

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Yale University Faculty

6 to 1 Student to Faculty
72% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Yale, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 6 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Yale University is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Yale University

98% Freshmen Retention
88% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Yale University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Yale the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Yale University.

Yale University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,696 Full-Time Undergraduates
54.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
49.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,703 undergraduates at Yale with 4,696 being full-time and 7 being part-time.

How Much Does Yale University Cost?

$15,296 Net Price
5% Take Out Loans
$19,872 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Yale is $15,296. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Yale

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$961 $3,083 $2,815 $10,008 $39,675

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Yale, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Yale, approximately 5% of students took out student loans averaging $4,968 a year. That adds up to $19,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Yale is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Yale Graduates Make?

$88,655 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Yale make around $88,655 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Yale graduates since it is 109% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Yale University make the most money.

Location of Yale University

Connecticut State
4,696 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Yale University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Yale are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Woodbridge Hall, New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: 203-432-4771

Yale University Majors

69 Majors With Completions
1,419 Undergraduate Degrees
2,855 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 69 majors graduated from Yale University. Of these students, 1,419 received undergraduate degrees and 2,855 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 188 $87,166
History 100 $52,357
Political Science & Government 97 $57,333
Computer Information Systems 96 $133,998
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 83 $30,534
Statistics 64 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 56 $53,864
Child Development & Psychology 53 NA
Mathematics 46 NA
International Relations & National Security 46 $69,045

Learn more about the majors offered at Yale University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Yale

1% Take At Least One Class Online
1% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 81 students took at least one online class at Yale University. This is a decrease from the 11,923 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 81 81
2019-2020 11,923 7,766
2018-2019 57 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Yale University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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