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Yale University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Yale University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Yale University Ranked?

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2022 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 3,107 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is political science and government.

Overall Quality

Yale landed the #8 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. 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 #10 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 32 colleges in Connecticut, Yale is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for Yale University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Yale?

Acceptance Rate

Yale University has a very low acceptance rate of 7%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Yale just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 720 and 780. Math scores were between 740 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Yale University  ( 720 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Yale University  ( 740 to 800 )
Yale received ACT scores from 46% 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

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Yale, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 4 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

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Yale University is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 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

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?

The overall average net price of Yale is $17,549. 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 +
$2,125 $1,647 $2,167 $11,492 $43,417

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 6% of students took out student loans averaging $5,262 a year. That adds up to $21,048 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Yale is 0.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Yale make around $83,200 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Yale students since it is 109% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Yale University make the most money.

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Location of Yale University

Yale University is a private not-for-profit institution located 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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 69 majors graduated from Yale University. Of these students, 1,661 received undergraduate degrees and 3,376 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 198 $90,856
Political Science & Government 159 $62,260
History 108 $57,318
Computer Information Systems 96 $127,397
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 93 $32,236
Child Development & Psychology 70 NA
Mathematics 62 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 62 $57,318
General English Literature 59 $48,432
Statistics 53 NA

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

Online Learning at Yale

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 2019-2020, 11,923 students took at least one online class at Yale University. This is an increase from the 57 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 11,923 7,766
2018-2019 57 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 14 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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