Our Unique Approach to Admissions

Yale-NUS believes that you are more than just your grades. That is why we set out to understand the whole you in our admission process. Our holistic admissions process dives into your accomplishments, interests and curiosities, so that we can truly understand what makes you tick. We strive to create a community of students who have unique intellectual curiosities, a sense of community spirit, and an openness to new and diverse experiences.

If that describes you, we’d love to read your application!

Applying to Yale-NUS

Applying to Yale-NUS is all about choice and finding the options that work best for you.

Application Deadlines

Round 1: 15 January

Round 2: 20 March

Applications for 2020 are now open!

Yale-NUS College offers a variety of application options. With applications submitted directly to Yale-NUS, you can choose to apply in either Round 1 or Round 2. Please choose the option that best suits you:

Note: If you select to share your Yale University 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 automatically be shared with Yale-NUS College. Materials that you send directly to Yale University (e.g. official SAT/ACT/TOEFL score reports, late teacher recommendations, etc.) will not automatically be shared, and you are asked to send a separate copy of such materials to Yale-NUS. Please note that utilising this option will not affect your admission to Yale University as our admissions offices are separate and make individual admission decisions.

Application Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that you have the right documentation to complete your application.

You can also download a copy of the checklist here.

What You NeedImportant Notes & Tips

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:

Please provide all academic records from your last 3 years of school

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

Two teacher recommendation letters:

Please provide 2 teacher recommendations from teachers who have taught you in an academic subject.

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.

Standardised Testing:

Most students schooled outside of Singapore are required to provide either an SAT or ACT.

Yale-NUS College’s codes are:
SAT: 7003
ACT: 5482

If you are schooled in Singapore or in a country that does not offer the SAT, such as China, you are not required to provide standardised 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.

Find your local test centre below:
SAT
ACT

English Language Testing Scores:

While English language testing is not required, applicants are expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate in writing and speaking at an advanced level. Applicants who choose to demonstrate fluency through a standardised test, are encouraged to take either TOEFL or IELTS.

English language testing is optional. However, the following scores are recommended for those who have opted to take TOEFL or IELTS.

• Internet-based TOEFL: Minimum recommended score of 100

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

• IELTS: Minimum recommended score of 7

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.

Interviews:

If invited for an interview, the interview becomes a required part of the application.

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 www.timeanddate.com for an appropriate slot in your time zone. Please ensure that you have a stable internet connection and valid Skype ID.

You can learn more about your interviewer here.

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.

Transfer Student Policy

Yale-NUS was founded on the principle of providing a liberal arts & science education that combines living and learning through its residential programme. In addition to major & Modular Credit (MC) requirements, graduation requirements include successful completion of the Common Curriculum and eight semesters of residency on campus. In order to satisfy these requirements, all students must be in residence at the college for eight semesters. Participation in a College approved study abroad semester will count towards one of the eight semesters in residence. 

In support of these requirements, a transfer admission policy does not exist at Yale-NUS College. However, the following factors will be considered for any applicants to Yale-NUS who have begun tertiary education elsewhere. Click here to find out more about these factors.

Special Programmes Applications

Special Programmes are meant for students seeking a broad liberal arts education in addition to professional training in law or medicine. Please pay special attention to the specific application requirements for each programme.

Double Degree Programme with Law

Double Degree Programme (DDP) applicants must apply to Faculty of Law, NUS and Yale-NUS College separately, and gain admission to both. Applicants to DDP are required to complete a short ‘Double Degree Programme with Law Interest Essay’, through the “Application Status Page” by May 1. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for two separate interviews: one for Yale-NUS College and another for the NUS Faculty of Law. A small cohort of students will be offered admission to DDP based on successful admission to both Yale-NUS and Faculty of Law, NUS. Learn more.

Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway

In addition to a completed Yale-NUS application, students interested in the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway are required to submit an essay expressing interest through the Yale-NUS Applicant Status Page. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to two separate interviews: one with Yale-NUS College and the other with Duke-NUS Medical School. Notification of admission to the pathway will be offered at the same time as admission to Yale-NUS. Learn more.

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