• We Invite You to Apply


We are so pleased that you are exploring Yale-NUS College and considering submitting an application. From the ground-breaking research of our faculty to the entrepreneurial spirit of our students , it’s safe to say there is never a dull moment at Yale-NUS. From the very beginning, Yale-NUS was designed to offer an education like none other. Drawing on the tradition of excellence at both Yale University and the National University of Singapore, Yale-NUS has met and exceeded the vision laid out by its founding faculty and administrators.

Whether in the classroom, the laboratory or the common lounge in one of our Residential Colleges, Yale-NUS students evalu ate not only of what they see in the world, but also why they see such things and where we will move in the future. Incorporating the experiences of students from over 60 countries, classes at Yale-NUS span the central knowledge of both Eastern and Western traditions.

The Yale-NUS community, students and faculty alike, encourages celebration of difference as much as similarity. Innovation and adventure are paramount to the Yale-NUS experience. From summer sessions in Chile to class trips in Malaysia to creating and implementing our first student government, Yale-NUS students are doers.

As you envision your four-year college experience as a time of intellectual and personal growth, we hope you will consider Yale-NUS.

Yale-NUS College Admissions & Financial Aid



Who We Look For

Holistic Admissions

Yale-NUS College practices holistic admissions.  That means that we look at multiple dimensions of your accomplishments, interests, and personality, in addition to your academics. The application process is a way for us to find out about the person you are.

What We Look Out For

As we read every application, these are the things we keep an eye out for:

  • Academic achievement – can you do the work at an academically rigorous college like Yale-NUS?
  • Intellectual curiosity – will you test and expand boundaries of knowledge and aspirations?
  • Energy and resourcefulness – will you take advantage of the Yale-NUS opportunity and multiply it into more opportunities?
  • Community spirit – do you care about the people around you? Do you try to build a warm and inclusive community?
  • A sense of adventure – do you like trying new things? Are you open to new experiences that may be outside of your comfort zone?

No Magic Formula!

That being said, there is no magical set of grades, essays and extra-curriculars that you must have taken in order to be admitted to Yale-NUS College. We read every single application (yes!) that we receive, and our goal is to build as diverse, vibrant and interesting a class as possible.

Application Deadlines

You may apply to Yale-NUS College in any ONE of the two Rounds of Admissions shown in the table below.





Application Deadline 15 Jan 2018 20 Mar 2018
Financial Aid Deadline 24 Feb 2018 13 Apr 2018
Decision Notification Early April 2018 Early May 2018
Reply Date 1 May 2018 1 Jun 2018

When Should You Apply?


You should apply during the Round when you feel your application is as strong as it can be, as we will admit outstanding individuals in both rounds. There are certain things to keep in mind for Round 1:

  • If you are applying to other U.S. colleges and universities, you will receive a decision on your application before you have to respond to the other universities.
  • If you are an international student, applying Round 1 will give you ample time to complete the student visa application process if you receive an offer from Yale-NUS and decide to attend Experience Yale-NUS Weekend (EYW).

What You Should Know

Each Round of Admissions is non-restrictive: you can apply to Yale-NUS College and other colleges and universities at the same time.

Each Round of Admissions is also non-binding: if you are admitted in Round 1, you do not need to respond to the offer of admission until May 1, and may apply to other schools before that date.

Some advice on your application, from a Yale-NUS student:  “As you write your essays, you will probably be tempted to think: what would an admissions officer like? Don’t. Instead, ask yourself: what interests, inspires, excites or angers me in the world? What matters most to me? What shaped the person I am today? Is there an event (profound or silly, does not matter) that influenced me in some way? In some of my essays, I wrote about the Moroccan monarchy, my African-Arab identity, Nigerian dance, spicy food and late night conversations in my dorm room. Bottom line is, this whole process is about you and you alone.”

–Fatima Ezzahra Daif, Class of 2018

Application Checklists

Get organized! Use this application checklist to help you as you prepare your application to Yale-NUS:

  • What You Need
  • Important Notes & Tips

Application form: either the Yale-NUS Application / Common Application

This form includes personal information, co-curricular achievements, short answers and 2 personal essays. Give yourself enough time to complete the form!

Transcripts or Academic Reports from the last three years in school.

If your final examination results are not yet out, please ask your teachers to send us your predicted grades and preliminary examination grades.

Two teacher recommendation letters from instructors who taught you in academic subjects.

It is always a good idea to give your teachers advance notice (we think that 1-2 months is fair) if you want them to write you a recommendation letter.

Standardized Test scores for students schooled outside of Singapore. Yale-NUS College’s codes are:


ACT: 5482

If you are schooled in Singapore or in a country that does not offer the SAT, such as China, you do not have to submit standardized tests as part of your application. All other applicants must submit the SAT or the ACT. SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the application process.

Check where you can take the SAT, and the ACT. SAT and ACT scores are valid for five years after the date of testing.

English Language Testing Scores. These are optional and not all international applicants need to take an English proficiency test such as TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE. The exceptions are:

  • Students schooled in a country with no access to the SAT or ACT. You are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.
  • Students who are not native English speakers and who have not received at least two years of secondary/high school education in an English-medium curriculum. You are strongly encouraged to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

The following minimum scores are recommended:


  • Minimum recommended score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • Minimum recommended score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • Minimum recommended score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL

Be sure to include Yale-NUS’ CEEB code (2426) on all test registrations.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • Minimum recommended score of 7.

*IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • Minimum recommended score of 70.

We expect our Yale-NUS students to be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and to express themselves easily in both spoken and written English.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years after the date of testing.

Application Fee. There is a small application fee of US$10 charged on all applications to Yale-NUS College.

You will be asked to pay this fee after you submit the Common Application with Yale-NUS Member Page, or the Yale-NUS Application. If you feel that the application fee to Yale-NUS College would be a financial hardship, you may request a fee waiver within the application form. More instructions for fee waiver requests will be included in the application form.

Interviews (required for shortlisted applicants only)

Due to the volume of applications received, we are only able to offer interviews to shortlisted applicants. If you are invited for an interview, you should log into your application portal as soon as possible to:

  • Schedule an in-person on-campus interview if you are currently in Singapore OR
  • Schedule a Skype interview if you currently reside outside of Singapore. We recommend that you check http://www.timeanddate.com for an appropriate slot in your time zone. Please ensure that you have a wired or stable wireless broadband internet connection and valid Skype ID.

You may also choose to include the following documents in your application, if you wish:

  • Resume
  • A scanned copy of the front and back of your NRIC (for Singapore citizens or Singapore PRs) OR the particulars page of your passport (for international applicants).

How to Submit Your Application Materials

Where possible, we strongly encourage online submission of your transcripts, recommendations, and other school materials. If, for some reason, online submission is not possible, your teacher/school official may email the materials to admissions@yale-nus.edu.sg.

Double Degree Programme with Law


The Double Degree Programme in Law and Liberal Arts is an innovative programme offered jointly by Yale-NUS College and Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS) for those seeking a broad liberal arts education in addition to their professional training in the law.  This is a rigorous five-year programme for students seeking an interdisciplinary legal education in a residential, liberal arts setting. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) degree from Yale-NUS College and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degree from the Faculty of Law, NUS. If you wish to be considered for the Double Degree Programme with Law, you must:

  1. Apply to Yale-NUS College and complete the short ‘Double Degree Programme with Law Interest Essay’ which is available on each applicant’s Application Status Page. The essay must be completed by May 1.
  2. Apply to the Faculty of Law, NUS.

Double Degree Programme applicants must apply to Faculty of Law, NUS and Yale-NUS College and gain admission to both. All applicants must follow the normal application processes for each institution. This will result in shortlisted students doing two interviews – one for Yale-NUS College and one for the Faculty of Law, NUS. If you subsequently gain admission to both Yale-NUS College and the Faculty of Law, you will then be eligible for consideration. Of those students admitted to both institutions, a select number will be offered admission to the Double Degree Programme with Law.

For Frequently Asked Questions on the Double Programme with Law please click here. For other information about the programme, please click here. For more information on admissions to the Faculty of Law, NUS please refer to the relevant website.

Apply Now

We want to make it easy for you to apply. So at Yale-NUS College, we offer two different online application options.

Which should you choose?

Go ahead and pick the application method that you like better! It does not make a difference to us which application method you use.

Note: If you select the checkbox agreeing to share your Yale application with Yale-NUS, all materials that you submit to Yale through the Common Application Online (Common App, Yale Member Page information, School Report, Mid-Year Report, etc) will be automatically shared with Yale-NUS College. Materials that you send directly to Yale (e.g. official SAT/ACT/TOEFL score reports, late teacher recommendations) will not be automatically shared, and you will still have to send a separate copy of those to Yale-NUS as well. Keep in mind that utilizing this option will not affect your admissions to Yale University as our admissions offices are completely separate.

What a current student says about applying. “I applied using the direct Yale-NUS College Application Form because I was applying to Yale-NUS after careful deliberation and this was the college I wanted to attend. I know applications take a lot of time and effort, but I advise everyone to not mull over them too much. Just write what comes naturally and click send! Chances are it’ll probably work out in your favor, just like it did for me.”

–Kavya Gopal, Class of 2018