FAQs & More
1. Does applying to Yale-NUS College mean that I must withdraw from any other school at which I am currently holding an offer of admission?
Application to Yale-NUS is merely an expression of interest and you do not need to withdraw from any other school at which you are holding an offer of admission. However, if you are offered a place in Yale-NUS and decide to accept our offer, you will have to relinquish your place at the other university/ college.
The College will employ a holistic approach to the evaluation of applicants. Academic achievement as reflected in test scores and grades will be a primary consideration, but interviews, recommendations, essays and extracurricular accomplishments will also be given significant weight in the process. Every application will be reviewed in full and the strongest will be given a detailed assessment by multiple readers. The College seeks the brightest and most accomplished students who will take advantage of the one-of-a kind opportunity available here, and as such we expect admissions to be highly selective. For a list of admissions policies and application materials, please see the admissions section of our website here.
In its first full admissions cycle, the College will consider applications in three separate rounds beginning in September 2012 and ending in May of 2013. Please click here for more information.
No, there is no preferred subject combination for applying to Yale-NUS. It is our aim to build a diverse and dynamic class of students at Yale-NUS. If you are adventurous, intellectually curious and have an academically rigorous background, we welcome you to apply!
Your recommenders must be able to write about your recent work in rigorous academic subjects. We strongly encourage you to submit recommendations from teachers who have taught you in your last two years of high school or junior college. Yale-NUS College doesn't require that these recommendations come from teachers of particular subjects. It's a good idea, however, to have the two letters come from teachers of different subjects. Choose teachers who know you well and can give us a sense of your academic and personal strengths.
6. Can a Co-Curricular Activities teacher, a coach or someone I have worked with on an external project or internship write one of my teacher recommendations?
No as we will still require 2 recommendations from instructors who taught you in academic subjects. However, you may submit a testimonial from somebody who has interacted with you outside of the classroom as an additional letter of recommendation, so long as the letter contributes a unique perspective on your candidacy that we wouldn't get from your teachers or from the school testimonial.
7. What if my teacher/ counsellor is not comfortable with using a computer and my school does not issue electronic transcripts?
There is an option for you to print the School Form and submit that to your teacher. The School Form, which asks for a transcript, can be mailed in hard copy or faxed to the Yale-NUS Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Your application must still be submitted online.
Yes, if your teacher does not have access to your transcripts and cannot upload them, you can post them directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at:
Admissions & Financial Aid
6 College Avenue East
9. How will the interviews be conducted? Will it be a group interview or an individual basis? Will it be assessment-centre based?
If you are invited to interview, it will be on an individual basis and not at an assessment-centre.
10. I am thinking of applying for admissions in 2013. If I apply in Round 3, will there still be places left for admission?
With such a small class size, we encourage applicants to apply in Round 1 or 2. However, there will still be places available in Round 3 for the strongest applicants.
11. Is there a magical set of courses, grades, essay topics, and accomplishments that will guarantee admission to Yale-NUS College?
No. So many factors are at play in your application that it is impossible to say which courses or extra-curricular activities will improve your chances of admission, and it's not the topic of the essay that counts so much as what you tell us about yourself in your essays. Of course, we like to see that you've taken rigorous courses and that you've performed well in them. For tips on the application process and to get a feel for what Yale-NUS College looks for in applicants, please click here.
12. If I apply to Yale-NUS College and am not admitted, may I reapply in a later round in the same year?
In 2012, Yale-NUS College will conduct its Special Inaugural Round of Admissions. If you apply in this special round and are rejected, you may reapply in one of the three rounds of admission in the first full admissions cycle beginning in late 2012. However, if you are rejected in Round 1 or 2 of the full admissions cycle, you may not reapply in Round 2 or 3.
13. I am applying to Yale-NUS by sharing my Yale application with the College. How can I indicate which Yale-NUS Round of Admissions I am applying in?
Yale-NUS will consider you in Round 1 if you submit your application to Yale on or before 1st November 2012. If you submit your application between 2nd November 2012 – 31st December 2012, we will consider you in Round 2. If this timing is not ideal for you, we recommend applying with the Yale-NUS supplement to the Common Application instead. Students who would like to be considered in Round 3 can apply directly to Yale-NUS using the Common Application and the Yale-NUS supplement or our own web-based Yale-NUS application form. For more information on using your Yale application to apply to Yale-NUS, please click here.
No. Yale-NUS College only accepts online applications.
15. I am not an artist or musician, and I have not engaged in any original research. Am I at a disadvantage for not submitting supplementary material? Should I submit something else?
There is no need to submit supplementary material. The vast majority of our students will be admitted on the basis of required documents alone. For a very small number of exceptionally talented artists, musicians, and researchers, supplementary materials may be useful to communicate information that cannot be conveyed adequately in the rest of the application.
16. How can I inform Yale-NUS College of special circumstances that may have affected my performance in school?
You may ask whoever is writing your school testimonial/counsellor report to address any special circumstances in his or her letter. You may write about particular challenges in your personal statement, but it is always a good idea to have your counselor explain the situation.
No. Students may only begin a course of study at Yale-NUS College in the semester which commences in August.
Very! Email is the main way we communicate with you throughout the admissions season. This includes, among other things, the initial acknowledgment that we received your application, information about our Application Status page, whether you need to supply us with missing documents to complete your application, and online admissions decisions. Please be sure that the email address you supply is functional and check it often.
We seek to build a diverse student body, comprising the best and the brightest students from all backgrounds. We cannot predict the quantity or quality of applications, and as such we will not predetermine the number of candidates that we will admit from any particular country.
Yes. Our officers are familiar with educational systems and credentials from around the world. If you like, you are welcome to send additional information about the particularities of your country's educational system along with your application.
There are designated spaces on the Yale-NUS College application for your class rank and GPA. If you do not have a GPA or a rank, leave those spaces blank.
Yes. Official and certified translations must accompany any documents that are not written in English.
23. If I have been offered both a place in another double-degree or concurrent degree Law program (e.g. NUS Law and Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy) and the Yale-NUS Double Degree Program in Law and choose to accept Yale-NUS Colleges's offer, will I have to withdraw from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy?
If you are offered a place in the Yale-NUS Double Degree Program in Law and wish to accept, you will have to give up your place at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. You can only simultaneously accept places at the National University of Singapore Law School and Yale-NUS College and will have to give up your place at the other school.
24. Can I substitute two A-Level scores for the SAT Subject Test scores if I've already taken the SAT Reasoning Test?
Yes. Students enrolled in A-level programs may use two completed A-level results as a substitute for the two SAT Subject Tests, provided official test results arrive at Yale-NUS by the specific deadline. You must still take either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Plus Writing. Predicted A-level results may not be used in place of the SAT Subject Tests.
25. I am applying to Yale. If I share my Yale application with Yale-NUS College, will my entire application be shared with Yale-NUS or do I still have to send any documents to Yale-NUS?
If you select the checkbox on the Yale Supplement agreeing to share your Yale application with Yale-NUS, all materials that you submit to Yale through the Common Application Online (Common App, Supplement, School Report, Mid-Year report, etc.) will be shared automatically with Yale-NUS College. Materials that you send directly to Yale (e.g. official SAT/ACT/TOEFL score reports, late teacher recommendations) will not be forwarded automatically to Yale-NUS, and you will still have to send a separate copy of those to Yale-NUS. You can learn more about this process here.