4.1    Admissions

The College employs a holistic approach to the evaluation of applicants. Yale-NUS believes that each applicant is more than just their grades. We set out to understand the entirety of the applicant in our admissions process. Yale-NUS College reviews applicants in a holistic process, diving into accomplishments, interests and curiosities. 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.

Applicants are required to provide the following information:

  • Yale-NUS accepts online applications only. Applicants can apply to Yale-NUS using any ONE of the following three options.  Candidates are evaluated the same way regardless of the application method they choose. However, we recommend that students choose the application method that makes the most sense to their specific situation.  Each of these applications asks candidates to submit personal information, co-curricular achievements, short answers and two personal essays.
    • Yale-NUS Application found directly on the college’s website, the Yale-NUS Application will guide applicants through the required questions and documents needed.
    • Common Application with Yale-NUS Member Page  – when completing the Common Application, applicants should add Yale-NUS college to their college list. With just a few specific questions on the Yale-NUS Member Page, their completed Common Application will be sent to Yale-NUS College
    • Common Application with Yale University – for applicants submitting an application to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (USA). Applicants should say “yes” when asked about sharing their application with Yale-NUS College. All Yale University applications shared with Yale-NUS will be considered in Round 1 of Yale-NUS’s application process.
  • Transcripts or Academic Reports from a school official/counselor from the last three years in school. We understand that at the point of application, some applicants may only be able to submit predicted scores or preliminary grades.
  •  Two teacher recommendation letters from instructors who taught the applicant in academic subjects. When you fill out the application form, you will be asked to provide an email address for each of your teachers/school official/counselor. They will then be sent an email request to complete an online recommendation form for you.
  •  Standardized Tests:
    • COVID-19 and Standardised Testing: Due to limitations on opportunities for SAT and ACT testing as a result of COVID-19, Yale-NUS College has adopted a test-optional policy for applicants applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle only. This means that ACT or SAT scores are not required for applicants, but students may choose to self-report scores on their applications. Please refer to the website for more information.
    • Yale-NUS’ CEEB code is 7003 for the SAT and 5482 for the 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.
    • Updated academic credentials after time of application. This update should be submitted only if applicants receive new grades in the middle of the school year or as soon as A-level examinations results are available. Many applicants do not need to send us this form.

    Optional documents include:

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

    Please check the Admissions website for application deadlines in each round.