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Yale University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Yale University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Yale University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 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 115 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies.

Overall Quality

Yale landed the #10 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Yale also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Connecticut ranking.

See all of the rankings for Yale University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Yale?

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 7%, 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 61% 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 730 and 800.

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

SAT Math Scores for Yale University  ( 730 to 800 )
Yale received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Yale University  ( 32 to 35 )

Learn more about Yale University admissions.

Yale University Faculty

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 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Yale University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Yale University has a freshmen retention rate of 99%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 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.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Yale

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,964 undergraduates at Yale with 5,939 being full-time and 25 being part-time.

Yale Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 100.00 out of 100, Yale is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  100.00 out of 100
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How Much Does Yale University Cost?

The overall average net price of Yale is $18,770. 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 +
$2,315 $3,522 $4,132 $11,041 $39,076

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Yale, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $5,025 a year. That adds up to $20,100 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Yale is 1.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Yale make about $83,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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.

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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Location of Yale University

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 74 majors graduated from Yale University. Of these students, 1,664 received undergraduate degrees and 3,303 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 179 $81,400
Political Science & Government 141 $49,100
History 131 $44,600
Computer Information Systems 101 $120,300
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 97 NA
Child Development & Psychology 71 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 70 NA
Area Studies 54 $39,200
General English Literature 50 NA
International Relations & National Security 47 NA

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

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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