The Yale medical school was founded in 1810, and remains one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States. As one of the Ivy League medical schools, it is a highly competitive program that attracts thousands of applicants every year. In this blog, you will learn all about Yale’s admission statistics, requirements, available programs, application deadlines, and tips for how to get in! 

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Mission Statement Available Programs Academic Curriculum Application Timeline Admissions Statistics Eligibility Tuition & Funding Opportunity Selection Factors Interview Format Acceptance and Waitlist Information Contact Information FAQs

Mission Statement

“Yale School of Medicine educates and nurtures creative leaders in medicine and science, promoting curiosity and critical inquiry in an inclusive environment enriched by diversity. We advance discovery and innovation fostered by partnerships across the University, our local community, and the world. We care for patients with compassion, and commit to improving the health of all people.” 

Available Programs

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Academic Curriculum

MD Curriculum

Yale's medical school operates based on semesters. For three semesters, the Basic & Clinical Science Curriculum includes 8 Master Courses, 3 Longitudinal Courses, and 9 Longitudinal Threads.

Integrated Clinical Clerkships begin in January of your 2nd year, and are organized into 12-week blocks around key themes.

The final 17 months of the program give you more flexibility and opportunities for pursuing your own interests through clinical electives, research, and thesis completion. 

Application Timeline

The standard application timeline is as follows:

Admissions Statistics

Admission to Yale School of Medicine is highly competitive. In recent years, the admission stats were as follows:

Overall Acceptance Rate: 1.64%

In-state Acceptance Rate: 2.72%

Out-of-state Acceptance Rate: 1.51%

International Acceptance Rate: 2.82%

Median GPA: 3.95

Median MCAT: 522

Yale overall acceptance rate:


Yale School of Medicine accepts both in-state and out-of-state applicants, as well as international applicants. Yale medical school is one of the Canadian-friendly US medical schools. However, all the medical school prerequisites must be completed at a university in the USA, UK, or Canada.

Tuition & Funding Opportunity

The medical school tuition fees at Yale School of Medicine are $71,389 USD per year. With the inclusion of additional mandatory fees, the total cost is approximately $106,677 USD per year.

The Average Graduate Indebtedness of Yale graduates is $113,254 USD. 

Funding Opportunities

For those wondering how to pay for medical school, there are two main sources: financial aid, and loans. 

Financial Aid

Approximately 81% of students attending Yale School of Medicine receive some form of aid.

If you wish to be considered for aid, you will submit both a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Yale School of Medicine aid application. You must also submit a Needs Analysis Application that covers your current financial situation.

Scholarship opportunities that are available include special funding for MD/PhD students, the Armed Forces Scholarship, the National Health Services Corps Scholarship, and the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.


There are several borrowing options available to you from federal loans to loans for disadvantaged students. Yale provides a detailed breakdown of each type of loan on their website.

Check out how to get into an Ivy League medical school:

Selection Factors

Coursework and Prerequisites

Yale School of Medicine does not prefer any particular undergraduate major. However, they remind applicants that successful med students must be comfortable with Chemistry and Biology at the graduate level. The following prerequisites are mandatory for all applicants:

  • General Biology (with labs) – 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry (with labs) – 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry (with labs) – 1 semester
  • Biochemistry (lab recommended, but not required) – 1 semester
  • General Physics (with labs) – 2 semesters


Yale states that the admissions process is “holistic and contextual” in its approach, and that they do not have any “rigid ‘cut-offs’” in terms of who they will consider. However, since the median GPA of applicants is 3.95, a strong academic record is crucial in order to be competitive.

Obtaining a good GPA is crucial for your success in applying to Ivy League medical schools like Yale with very high academic standards. If you do have a slightly lower GPA (i.e. you struggled in first year before bringing up your marks) make sure to include that in your application materials. Yale may still consider you, especially if there are extenuating circumstances. Check out our blog on how to get into medical school with low GPA for more tips.


Your MCAT score is mandatory for admission to Yale. Your application will NOT be reviewed until your MCAT scores have been received. The average MCAT score of previous years’ matriculants was 522. 

Medical & Research Experience

Almost all (99%) of matriculants in recent years had some premedical research or lab experience at the time of entry, so any medical or research experience you have will make your application more competitive. It is especially important for MD/PhD applicants to demonstrate research experience to be considered for the dual program.

If you are looking to gain more quality research experience, make sure to draft a strong resume and research assistant cover letter.

Non-Academic Requirements

Yale medical school states that all MD candidates must have the five following skills/attributes:

Secondary Essay

You will be asked to write two medical school secondary essays. To prepare, you should familiarize yourself with some Yale medical school secondary essay samples. After the essay section, you will be given space to provide any additional information you wish the admissions committee to know about you.

Letters of Reference

A Premedical Committee letter is recommended for all MD and MD/PhD applicants. If no Premedical Committee is available, applicants must submit at least three medical school recommendation letters. Although the minimum number of letters is three, you may submit up to seven if you wish. The letters should meet the following criteria:

  • At least one letter from someone in the sciences is recommended, although not required.
  • Referees should be individuals who have taught or worked with you in an educational, professional, clinical, community, research, or extracurricular setting.
  • Referees should know you well and be able to speak of your abilities, experiences, achievements, and relevant personal characteristics.
  • Use the five listed desired skills/attributes above as a starting point. Make sure your letter writers can speak to one or more of these attributes and that every attribute is covered explicitly by at least one letter writer.

For MD/PhD Applicants: Letters of reference should speak to your research potential. One of your letters must be from your most recent research mentor.

Interview Format

The interview format used by Yale School of Medicine is one-on-one, open-file interviews, which means that you need to know your application through-and-through in order to be prepared.

Whether you are an MD or MD/PhD applicant, you should set aside time to learn how to prepare for your medical school interview, as practicing for the interview will help you develop greater confidence and effective strategies. You should also familiarize yourself with some Yale medical school interview questions.

Check out our video if you are planning to apply to Ivy League medical schools:

Acceptance and Waitlist Information

Applicants are usually informed of admissions decisions by March 15th. Approximately 200 applicants are offered positions on the waitlist during the admissions cycle each year. Approximately 30 students get into Yale School of Medicine from the waitlist.

If offered a position on the waitlist, students must confirm their position by April 30th. They will start to be considered for admission after May 1st.

Contact Information


Email: medical.admissions [at]


1. What are the course prerequisites for admission?

2 semesters of General Biology, 2 semesters of General Chemistry, 1 semester of Organic Chemistry, 1 semester of Biochemistry, 2 semesters of General Physics. All require a lab component with the exception of Biochemistry, for which labs are recommended but not required.

2. What is the median GPA?

The median GPA is 3.95

3. What is the median MCAT score?

The median MCAT score is 522.

4. How do I apply?

You will submit your application through AMCAS, indicating your interest in Yale School of Medicine. Usually within a week of your AMCAS submission, Yale will email you the Yale Secondary Application to complete.

5. Is CASPer part of the application?

No. Yale is not one of the medical schools that require CASPer

6. How many letters of reference do I need?

Yale recommends that applicants submit a Premedical Committee letter. If you do not have a Premedical Committee, you must submit at least three and up to seven letters of reference. 

7. What interview format do they use?

Yale uses the one-on-one, open file interview format. MD applicants will have three interviews in total. MD/PhD applicants will have four interviews in total.

8. What is the overall acceptance rate?

The overall acceptance rate is 1.64%.

9. If accepted, can I defer my offer?

Deferrals for up to 1 year will only be considered for academic reasons. Deferral requests must be made before April 15th.

10. Does Yale accept transfer students?

Yale rarely accepts transfer students. Exceptions are only considered for students enrolled in a LCME-accredited school in the USA or Canada, who have a compelling personal reason to transfer to Yale. 

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