Top 5 Successful Yale Applications


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These are full college applications of students that were accepted to Yale University. Use them to see what it takes to get into Yale and other top schools and get inspiration for your own Common App essay, supplements, and short answers.


  1. Yale Application #3 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “The steel rod flew clean through Phineas Gage’s head,” I said to my reflection in the mirror. “And he just walked away, like nothing happened.” I snickered at the sheer absurdity of it. I talked to myself to make sure that I delivered the lines of tomorrow’s neurology presentation with accuracy and lively enthusiasm. My love of public speaking has always been rooted in science. Continue Reading »
  2. Yale Application #5 - Common Application Essay Prompt: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? Please write an essay (250-650 words) on the topic selected. You can type directly into the box, or you can paste text from another source. During my sophomore and junior years of high school, I took all four levels of the Latin language and Ancient Roman culture class that were offered. I learned more about my own native language of English by taking this class, and I also developed a close mentor-mentee relationship Continue Reading »
  3. Yale Application #4 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. I shouldn't be here right now. My story should have been one of glamour, riches, and the good life. Fifteen years ago, had my parents chosen a different path, this scenario would ring true for me. At the time, my father was a rising journalist in Senegal, propelled by his charisma, and eloquence. My mother had a wonderful job working in her brother's accounting firm. Continue Reading »
  4. Yale Application #2 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. First days –new opportunities and defining moments. The day two days before my first day of senior year was a typical Saturday morning. I checked the mail and happened to find one very curious letter; it was addressed to me...from myself. I had written it at the end of eighth grade and my teacher had promised to send them out the summer before our senior Continue Reading »
  5. Yale Application - Common Application Essay I wake up; I get dressed; I go to school; I go to rehearsal; I go to meetings; I go home; I do homework; I sleep; I wake up. Such is high school. As a kid, I always laughed at my elders when they told me time moves faster as you get older. Now, I see their point. Though I enjoy the majority of what I do for school and my other involvements, the result of having such all-consuming engagements is that there is precious little time left for reflection. I consider myself to be a thinker, Continue Reading »