Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 90.03

Yale University

New Haven, CT http://www.yale.edu/
Like many other elite schools on the list, Yale offers students the opportunity to learn from some extraordinary minds, from Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck. It should be no surprise that Yale is one of the most selective schools in the country. But at the same time, it's also one of the most generous: Yale promises to "meet the full demonstrated financial need" of students. Partially as a result, 85% of the class of 2020 graduated without student debt. Although the faculty boasts some of the world's top scientific researchers, Yale offers students a traditional liberal arts education. There are no specific course requirements, but undergraduates must take courses in a wide variety of subjects and demonstrate strong skills in writing, quantitative reasoning and foreign language. Class sizes are small, and the student-faculty ratio is 6:1. At 96%, Yale's graduation rate is among the highest in Money's rankings. Much of Yalies' social life revolves around the residential college to which they are assigned, and live in, starting freshman year. But students also form friendships across colleges through activities like a cappella, sports, campus publications, volunteer groups and – for a select group – senior-year secret societies, such as Skull and Bones.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$81,600
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,500
Average price for low-income students
$960

Admissions

Acceptance rate
6%
Median SAT/ACT score
1520/34
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
6,090

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A

Student Success

Graduation rate
97%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$13,142
Early career earnings
$88,660
% earning more than a high school grad
83%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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