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Application Information

The following materials are required for pre-college student applications:

  • Online application
  • Your academic transcript of grades (three years of grades required). 
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a current teacher and one from a guidance counselor
  • SAT / PSAT / ACT test scores (international pre-college students are not required to submit these scores)

Please refer to the Dates & Costs page of our site for all of the relevant deadlines. All supporting documentation must be received on or before the application deadline.

Tip: Pre-college applicants must be entering into their senior year of high school (summer after junior year) or freshman year of college (summer after senior year).

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older by their program start date.

Academic Information for Pre-College Students

Yale Summer Session seeks motivated high school students who wish to enroll in Yale College courses for credit. In for-credit courses, qualified high school students will share the classroom with college students and will do college-level work. All participants will be held to the same set of standards. Pre-college students living on campus are required to be full-time students; they must take two course credits (the equivalent of eight semester hours) per session.  No pre-college student may take more than two courses per session. A minimum of one of these courses must be taken in residence. Pre-college students are not eligible to participate in or take any portion of a Yale Summer Session Study Abroad course.  Some courses are not open to pre-college students; please refer to the individual course descriptions for additional information.

Residential Information for Pre-College Students

Pre-college students, including those who have just graduated from high school, are required to live on campus unless they live with their family within commuting distance of New Haven. They are expected to remain on campus overnight except when participating in activities sponsored by Yale Summer Session, or when they have written permission from a parent or guardian to leave campus for a pre-determined, specified amount of time. All pre-college students are housed in one of the Yale dormitories, called residential colleges. Yale undergraduates serve as residential counselors and provide support and assistance. All students under the age of 18 live in the same residential college and are subject to a curfew and other special regulations. Students 18 years of age or older are housed separately.

International Pre-College Students

Please visit our international students page for further information for international students.

Question: Please contact us if you have further questions about attending Yale Summer Session!