Can I get into Yale with a 3.95 gpa from community college and a good essay?

7 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It's *possible* to transfer to Yale from a community college. A few students have done so. 

    However, Yale only accepts a handful of transfer students (approximately 25) every year. It's not like a state university where they save seats in the class specifically for community college transfers; at Yale, there's only an opening if someone drops out. 

    Like freshman admissions at Yale, mere excellent grades are typically not sufficient for admission (particularly from a community college, which tend to be easier than four-year colleges and universities). You need to "stand out from the crowd" with some unique academic, athletic, etc. accomplishment, in addition to excellent grades. 

    Yale requires the SAT or ACT for transfer applicants of any age. 

  • fcas80
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Sorry, no.  Try a non-Ivy league school.

  • drip
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. Although their web site says you can transfer in, and from a CC, they accept very few transfer students.   And I would say coming from a CC you don’t have chance against your competition. 

  • 1 month ago

    Probably not. The retention rate at Yale is 99%.  With a class size of around 1,300 there are 10-15 opening for transfer students -- and there has to be room in the applicants chosen major.  Most accepted transfer applicants come from other 4-year universities.  

    Like freshman applicants, at top ACT/SAT score, SAT II Subject test scores, and GPA are just the baseline.  Most admitted students have a resume of exceptional achievement outside the classroom as well.   

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I wouldn't want to go to Yale. It's turned into a joke of a University full of SJW's. But yes, I don't see why not. 

  • 1 month ago

    Don't count on it. Yale accepts very few transfer students, and competition for admission is intense. Grades are not enough. Your chances are very slim to non-existent. 

  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That depends, do you have a parent who went to Yale or a daddy who can afford to buy Yale a new science building? Getting a less than perfect GPA from a bottom-tier post-secondary learning institution isn't going to get you in no matter how good your essay. You're going to need something else, something spectacular, like a Daddy Warbucks Yale alum or you curing cancer.

    A 3.95 in high school has a far better chance of getting you in because what high school one goes to for over 99% of students isn't a choice, so high schools have a full cross-section of students from the population, from richest to poorest, from smartest to dumbest, meaning Yale can look at high schools in general, especially public high schools, as being on even-footing with the rest of high schools. 

    Community colleges, on the other hand, don't have a full cross-section of students and aren't on even footing with other colleges. Community colleges are ranked as the worst schools in the country, and their attendees tend to be never the best high school students. 95% of community college students nationwide graduated in the bottom 67% of their class and 75% of community college students nationwide graduated in the bottom 50% of their class. Yet 90% of community college students graduate from community college with a 3.0 GPA or higher. So the community colleges are filled with the worst high school students who got the worst grades in high school but that turn around and get extremely high grades in community college, grades they never got in high school on its level playing field. 

    So getting a 3.95 in community college doesn't mean nearly what it means in high school because of how colleges all grade on curves and how you're competing with classmates who were the worst high school students, not the best, for that grade. Then there's the issue of how community colleges are infamous for massively inflating grades in order to keep enrollment up and thus their funding up, that trading of grade integrity for dollars being why colleges like Yale turn their noses up at them and call them "diploma mills." 

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