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YYGS reviews all applications holistically. Our staff understands that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with different educational and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, the essays and letters of recommendation are the most important parts of the application.

The YYGS application requires:

  • resume / activities list

  • official school transcript

  • two recommendations

  • standardized test scores, if available (these are not required)

  • one 500 word essay and two 200 word essays

  • $60 application fee

  • You must click the Submit button on the last page for your application to be considered.

The application fee is payable online after the application has been submitted. Application fees may be paid by credit or debit card through the payment gateway, accessible from the applicant’s Application Status page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The payment gateway will also accept eChecks (preferred method for U.S. participants). We can also accept wire or bank transfers IF the above options do not work for you. If you need to send a wire or bank transfer, please refer to these wire instructions. After you complete the transfer, you MUST email the receipt to sends e-mail) with subject line “Wire transfer receipt attached (ref#{{ref}})”. It is imperative that we keep track of all applicants who pay via wire transfer so our business office can associate the fee payment with the correct application. 

YYGS will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family. The application fee waiver form must be submitted with the financial aid portion of your application.

Decision Notification:
Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March or early April.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements page to learn about who should apply.

Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.
Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, 221 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, 203.432.0849. For additional information, see
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Spangler, at 203.432.4446 or at (link sends e-mail), or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921; tel. 617.289.0111, fax 617.289.0150, TDD 800.877.8339, or (link sends e-mail).