YYGS Offers Admission to Students from 150 Countries

March 9, 2021

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is excited to extend offers of admission to students from 150 countries on six continents, including all 50 U.S. states, as well as many U.S. territories (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa). These students were selected from an outstanding applicant pool of over 7,000 high school sophomores and juniors.

“YYGS is both big and small at the same time; we plan to admit 2,400 students across 12 sessions, with 200 students per session and a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio. This is a rare opportunity for likeminded students around the world to build connections and share ideas in a variety of live, dynamic settings.” - Zeva Manvi, Associate Director of Admissions (YYGS).

Due to health, safety, and access concerns related to the pandemic, YYGS made the decision last fall to host its 2021 program online. Their virtual program, YYGS Connect, is committed to participant interactivity by hosting live Zoom sessions and providing opportunities for students to engage both academically and interpersonally. The program will build upon last year’s online model, which emphasized academic exploration and collaboration, access to Yale campus faculty and resources, and connections with communities across cultures.

“Before the beginning of YYGS Connect, I remember feeling nervous and questioned how the event would run. But, by day two, I realized that I didn’t need to worry. The YYGS Program questioned things I thought I knew, scratched beyond the surface level, and helped me effectively communicate my ideas and opinions. I’ve grown with a community of inspiring students, dedicated staff, and passionate professors. Words couldn’t even begin to describe this experience, but I am beyond grateful.” - Janine P., (Alumna ‘20), Ghana

In the online environment, YYGS remains committed to accessibility, dispersing over $3 million USD in need-based financial aid packages. Over 800 admitted students were offered need-based financial aid, distributed equally to domestic and international students. The average financial aid award covered 80% of tuition, and over 175 scholarships were distributed covering full tuition costs.

While YYGS is unable to host campus sessions this year, the program is dedicated to providing a curriculum that remains intensive and collaborative, while continuing to foster connections from across the globe.