Yale University vs. Harvard University Overview

You’re wrestling with a tough question: “Should I go to Yale University or Harvard University ?”

What are your chances at Yale University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Yale University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    This complete guide analyzes both the quantitative and qualitative differences between Yale University andHarvard University. This comparison is particularly valuable at understanding the cultural nuances between the colleges since it uses student videos to capture the “vibes” of campus - these videos are exclusively available on CampusReel :)

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go through a general overview of the high-level differences between Yale University and Harvard University. The table below summarizes some of the most important statistics around competitiveness, costs, etc.

    Yale University Harvard University
    In-state Tuition $47,600 $45,278
    Net Price $20,910.0 $17,882.0
    Average Financial Aid $49,051 $48,524
    Total Undergraduates 5528 7333
    Average SAT Scores 1430 - 1600 1400 - 1600
    Acceptance Rate 7 6
    Location Woodbridge Hall Massachusetts Hall
    City Name New Haven Cambridge

    WARNINGS: Based on net price alone, Harvard University is the cheaper option. However, this sticker price may not adequately represent the difference in living costs between New Haven and Cambridge. Yale University is in a New England and Harvard University is in a New England - sometimes off campus meals and housing costs can dramatically vary between schools.

    Is Yale University or Harvard University Harder to get into? Which school is easier to get into?

    If you’re looking at acceptance rate alone, then Harvard University is more difficult to get into. However, each college is looking to fill its incoming class with a variety of students with different strengths, backgrounds, etc. Therefore, the acceptance rate alone is not a good indicator that Harvard University is a better school or will be more difficult for you specifically to get into. On the flipside, Yale University is easier to get into based on acceptance rate alone.

    You can use the below college admissions predictor to determine your likelihood of acceptance at either school.

    What are your chances at Yale University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Yale University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    How do Yale University dorms compare to housing options at Harvard University?

    Both colleges provide on-campus living options. Yale University charges for on-campus living, while Harvard University charges N/A for on-campus living. Most importantly, though, check out the video below for a sample of dorm tours at each school.

    How does Yale University social life compare to Harvard University?

    It’s tough to understand the nuances of social life with data alone. That’s why we’ve brought in real student videos to show how Yale University social life differs from Harvard University.

    The table below helps demonstrate the student body differences as well.
    Yale University, % Harvard University, %
    White 46.51 43.99
    Hispanic 11.43 10.23
    Black 6.8 6.44
    Foreign 10.6 11.07
    Others 24.7 28.3

    How different is the Yale University campus compared to Harvard University campus?

    The Yale University campus is located in New Haven, CT and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000). The Harvard University campus is located in Cambridge, MA and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000).

    Which school gives more financial aid?

    Yale University provides $49,051 whereas Harvard University provides an average of $48,524.

    How does Yale University academics compare to Harvard University?

    When analyzing academics between Yale University and Harvard University we’ll look at both what current students are studying and also where they end up after graduation. After all, college should prepare you for a career! Analyzing each school’s outcomes is super valuable to understand the value of the degree.

    Majors Yale University Harvard University
    Agriculture agriculture operations and related sciences N/A N/A
    Natural resources and conservation 17 16
    Architecture and related services 9 N/A
    Area ethnic cultural gender and group studies 79 24
    Communication journalism and related programs N/A N/A
    Computer and information sciences and support services 62 131
    Communications technologies technicians and support services N/A N/A
    Personal and culinary services N/A N/A
    Engineering 90 78
    Education N/A N/A
    Engineering technologies and engineering related fields N/A N/A

    Which is better: Yale University or Harvard University?

    What are your chances at Yale University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Yale University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    We’ve compared dorm life, costs, outcomes and more to provide the most complete comparison between Yale University and Harvard University. But, you’re smart enough to know that numbers paint a terrible picture for truly understanding what each college and community is like. And, the real answer to which school is better is: the school that’s right for you. No matter who you ask, if they know what they’re talking about, the answer is the same: the “better” school is whatever is the best fit for you personally. That’s why it’s extremely important to check out all the videos on CampusReel for each school.

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