Common Questions

Admissions Questions

Is it going to negatively impact my YYGS application if my transcript(s), recommendation letters, activities list, optional English fluency test scores, etc. are impacted by the pandemic?

No, your application will not be negatively impacted by these concerns. We recognize the challenges to teach and learn during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please know that YYGS evaluates applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to the year 2020. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of credit/fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.

We also understand that many tests and activities were not able to be offered in 2020, and that many materials may be difficult to secure from school officials in 2020.

What if I have trouble submitting transcripts? 

YYGS understands that this will be a difficult year for many students to coordinate with their school officials or teachers to submit materials, including (but not limited to) materials like transcripts.

We prefer to receive Official Transcripts, which are submitted directly to YYGS by the school official. To do this, students complete Education Part I in their YYGS application, and then YYGS sends an online link where their school official can submit the student’s transcript(s).

However, YYGS offers all students the option to upload an Unofficial Transcript, which are submitted to YYGS by the student. To do this, students complete Education Part II in their YYGS application. This step typically involves students getting the transcript from their school and taking a picture of it, or logging into an online portal and taking a screenshot, and then uploading that transcript(s) image onto their application.

What if I have trouble submitting a recommendation form?

YYGS understands that this will be a difficult year for many students to coordinate with their school officials or teachers to submit materials, including (but not limited to) materials like recommendations.

YYGS requests two recommendations. We accept completed online YYGS Recommendation Forms ONLY, and we do NOT accept written letters of recommendation. The form helps compare applicants from vastly different places around the world, and we hope it helps recommenders save time since it is a simple, user-friendly form.

We encourage students to connect with teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, adult club leaders (e.g., youth group leader, choir director, math club supervisor), employers, and/or school officials to provide their recommendations. Recommenders can come from your current school and/or previous schools you attended too.

The longer the recommender has known you, the better their recommendation will be.

Recommendations from parents/guardians, siblings, relatives, family friends, and/or paid private tutors/counselors will NOT be accepted.

To submit, students complete the “Recommendations” page in their YYGS application, and then YYGS sends an online link where their recommender(s) can submit the online YYGS Recommendation Form.

Please note that you can submit your portion of the YYGS application prior to your Recommender completing their form, and all of those materials will still be read together when your application is reviewed.

What if I have trouble getting my application fee waiver request approved?

YYGS understands that this will be a difficult year for many students to coordinate with their school officials or teachers to submit materials, including (but not limited to) materials like an application fee waiver request.

First, it is important to note that YYGS cannot refund application fees, so if you are waiting for a fee waiver approval to come through and if it would be a financial hardship for you to pay, then you should NOT pay; instead, please contact us and our YYGS staff can help.

Second, application fee waivers are only available to those who apply for need-based financial aid in their YYGS application. If you did this and are still waiting for your fee waiver approval to come through, we recommend waiting two weeks (14 days) and then please contact us to see if we can help.