Yale University Admissions Essay Topic

In 300 words or fewer, write on one of the two essay topics below. In addition to writing on your chosen topic, upload an audio file, video, image, or document you have created that is meaningful to you and relates to your essay. Above your essay, include a one-sentence description of what you have submitted.

  • What do you most enjoy learning?
  • Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?

Please limit your upload to the following file types: mp3, mov, jpeg, word, pdf. Note that advanced editing of audio/video/image/documents is not necessary. While we are not providing limits to the length of the material you upload, the Admissions Office may not have time to review the entirety of your submission. Sometimes, less is more.

Uploads provided via the Coalition Application will be reviewed by the Admissions Office only. If you wish to submit material that may be evaluated by Yale faculty, please see our Supplementary Material instructions.

Optional Engineering and Computer Science Essay

If you selected one of the computer science or engineering majors, please tell us more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what experiences (if any) you have had in computer science or engineering, and what it is about Yale’s program in this area that appeals to you. (Please answer in 500 words or fewer.)

A few examples of how to answer this prompt:

 

Example 1: Again, mentioning your research here isn’t a bad approach (unless you’ve done so in a previous answer!). Research isn’t constrained to scientific research either. If you’ve been involved in some academic pursuit outside of school, this is also a great place to talk about your impact.

 

Example 2: Have you been involved in your school? Clubs, sports, student council — these are all common places for visionary leadership. Talk about how you’ve engaged with the community, grown as an individual, and left your mark. Make sure the essay focuses on you, with the engagement providing the necessary stories and insights to write compellingly.

 

Example 3: Involved in your community? Common groups include churches, hospitals, activism, and non-profits. If your political activism or volunteering has made a difference you’re proud of, this is the perfect essay for you! Again, focus on your role and your impact, rather than that of the organization. For example, if you volunteered at a hospital, don’t tell Yale about how hospitals are important; tell them how you rearranged the bookshelf to make the books easily accessible.

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