Yale’s Transfer Acceptance Rate

January 22, 2023
By AdmissionSight

Yale’s Transfer Acceptance Rate

What is the transfer acceptance rate at Yale?

What percentage of transfer students does Yale admit each year? Well, there were 1,991 people that applied to transfer in the fall of 2021, but only 15 people were chosen to be accepted. This indicates that Yale’s transfer acceptance rate is around 0.8%.

When we examine these numbers by gender, we find that the acceptance rates are as follows:

  • Male transfer applicants: 0.5%
  • Female transfer applicants: 1.0%

Who can transfer to Yale?

So, who is eligible to transfer to Yale? During the process of evaluating applications, the Transfer Admissions Committee makes a determination regarding eligibility.

To ascertain whether or not Yale will accept an applicant’s previous postsecondary education, they must conduct a comprehensive evaluation of their academic history.

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When considering whether or not to apply for transfer admission, an applicant should base their decision on the following policies:

  • Prior to enrolling, prospective transfer students must have completed at least one year’s worth of transferred postsecondary coursework in order to be considered eligible. Eight-course credits are equal to one year at Yale.
  • Applicants for transfer can start their academic careers at either the sophomore or junior level.
  • Students who have completed more than two years’ worth of transferable undergraduate coursework at another institution (eighteen Yale credits) are not eligible for admission to Yale.
  • In order to graduate from Yale, students are required to have completed a minimum of two years of study (eighteen Yale credits) at the university.
  • There will be no consideration given to the transferability of any college credits obtained before the completion of the senior year of high school.
  • Students who are concurrently enrolled in high school and college coursework are encouraged to submit an application for first-year admission.
  • First-year admission is open to candidates who will come to Yale with less than eight credits from another institution.
  • Transfer students who already have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply for admission.
  • Candidates who have taken at least five years off from their studies and are interested in applying to the Eli Whitney Students Program should give serious consideration to doing so.
  • Coursework that is not taken at Yale must be completed at a post-secondary institution that carries full accreditation.
  • Students are required to get a letter grade of A or B in at least three-quarters of the non-Yale courses they take, with no grade worse than a C in any of the other courses they take. Courses graded on a pass/fail basis often do not transfer to Yale.
  • Results from the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, the College Level Placement Exams (CLEP), and college credits acquired while a student was enrolled in high school do not count toward the total number of required credits for graduation.
  • Under specific circumstances, Yale may be able to award academic credit for completed online courses. The courses are required to incorporate consistent, synchronous engagement with the instructor on a regular basis, in addition to consistent feedback.
  • When students earn credit through Yale Online, the credit is automatically recorded on their Yale transcript. There is no way for students to use online classes to fulfill a distributional requirement.

What are the transfer requirements at Yale?

What kind of prerequisites does Yale have for transferring students? Given the fact that Yale’s transfer acceptance rate is below 1%, you need to make sure that you fulfill all of the requirements to make your application competitive.

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Every individual who wishes to be considered for transfer admission is required to submit either of the following:

Both applications will be considered by Yale, with no advantage given to either one over the other. Each student should only submit one application for consideration during the admissions process.

Additional qualifications for all transfer applicants:

$80 Non-refundable Application Fee or Request to Waive Fees

The Common Application or the Coalition Application is used for the submission of all payments and requests to waive application fees.

Requesting a fee waiver directly on the college application is something you should do if you believe that paying the application fee will put an undue financial strain on you.

Academic Evaluations

Academic evaluations must come from individuals who have taught you in a credit-bearing course on a college campus. These should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application.

The criterion for an academic evaluation can not be satisfied by letters from other people (such as research mentors or supervisors), thus these should be considered additional.

Additional letters can be sent by regular mail to the undergraduate admissions office or emailed to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

College Report

The College Report can be downloaded from either the Common Application or the Coalition Application, depending on which one you choose to use.

A college official who has access to your complete academic and disciplinary record, such as your Dean, Adviser, or Registrar, should complete either the Common Application College Report or the Coalition Application Transfer Report. These forms should be sent with your application.

The representative from the institution should either send the completed form in the mail to the office that deals with undergraduate admissions or email it to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

Transfer Mid-term Report

Applicants seeking a transfer who are presently enrolled in college courses are required to submit the Transfer Mid-term report along with their current semester grades.

The Common Application Transfer Mid-term Report or the Coalition Application College Curriculum Report is available for download from the Common Application and Coalition Application.

Send the finished application to the office that handles undergraduate admissions or send it through email to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all high schools and postsecondary institutions the transfer applicants attend are required.

Transcripts should be sent directly from the colleges/universities through the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Parchment, or sent to the undergraduate admissions office.

Applicants for transfers are required to provide an official high school transcript that includes their graduation date.

Send your transcripts to the undergraduate admissions office or email them to transfer.admissions@yale.edu.


As a direct response to the continuous problems that have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale has decided to prolong its policy of test-optional admissions for an extra academic year.

All students who are interested in enrolling in the undergraduate program for the fall 2023 semester have the option of submitting their applications with or without their ACT or SAT results.

Taking an exam in a desk.

Transfer applicants applying during this cycle can include their ACT or SAT scores in their applications, or they can choose not to.

All previous test results submitted for consideration at Yale University by applicants who have applied to the university in the past will be made available for evaluation.

In the winter of 2023, Yale will make a decision regarding a long-term policy for standardized testing, provided that the general public health situation improves. This decision will be influenced by the data and insights obtained by the admissions cycles that occur in 2021, 2022, and 2023 respectively.

Considering that Yale’s transfer acceptance rate is relatively low, the decision to pursue this path requires significant time, energy, and effort as well as a solid academic record.

However, individuals lucky enough to gain entry into Yale’s community are granted an extraordinary honor.

If you’re considering transferring to Yale, make sure you’ve fulfilled all of the prerequisites for admission.

AdmissionSight can surely help you. For over a decade, we have been helping students with college admissions, so we know the ins and outs of getting into the institutions of your choice. Please contact us so that we can set up an appointment.


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