Yale is the second Ivy League college to officially release its 2023-2024 supplemental essay prompts for first-year applicants. Dartmouth released its supplemental prompts earlier this month. As most high school seniors applying to Yale do so through the Common Application, most Yale applicants will also need to respond – and respond well – to one of the Common App’s main essay prompts in order to be considered for admission at Yale.
All first-year applicants to Yale will complete several Yale-specific short answer questions; yet, the required questions are slightly different based on the application platform an applicant chooses. All of the 2023-2024 Yale-specific questions for the Coalition Application, Common Application, and QuestBridge Application are detailed below.
This year’s Yale supplemental prompts are a mix of new and old questions.
The news comes as admissions offices at most highly selective universities have been slower than usual in releasing their supplemental essay prompts for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle as a result of having to reassess their practices in a new post-affirmative action environment. For instance, a few days ago, University of Virginia released an out-of-character new supplemental essay prompt that seemed to be created specifically in response to affirmative action being ruled unlawful.
Without further ado, here are Yale’s prompts for students applying for Fall 2024 entry.
Yale’s 2023-2024 Short Answer Questions
Applicants submitting the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application will respond to the following short answer questions:
- Students at Yale have time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Please indicate up to three from the list provided.
- Tell us about a topic or idea that excites you and is related to one or more academic areas you selected above. Why are you drawn to it? (200 words or fewer)
- What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)
Applicants applying with the QuestBridge Application will complete the questions above via the Yale QuestBridge Questionnaire, available on the Yale Admissions Status Portal after an application has been received.
Applicants submitting the Coalition Application or Common Application will also respond to the following short answer questions, in no more than 200 characters (approximately 35 words):
- What inspires you?
- If you could teach any college course, write a book, or create an original piece of art of any kind, what would it be?
- Other than a family member, who is someone who has had a significant influence on you? What has been the impact of their influence?
- What is something about you that is not included anywhere else in your application?
Yale’s 2023-2024 Essay
Applicants submitting the Coalition Application or Common Application will respond to one of the following prompts in 400 words or fewer.
1. Reflect on a time you discussed an issue important to you with someone holding an opposing view. Why did you find the experience meaningful?
2. Reflect on your membership in a community to which you feel connected. Why is this community meaningful to you? You may define community however you like.
3. Reflect on an element of your personal experience that you feel will enrich your college. How has it shaped you?
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