Singapore’s Yale-NUS is actually harder to get into than Yale

In 2017, it was revealed that Yale-NUS’s acceptance rate was a mere 5%, making the institution one of the hardest to get into in the world, above even Yale University itself.

Laura Severin, director of admissions and financial aid for Yale-NUS, shared the previously publicly undisclosed admissions data for the class of 2020 in response to queries from the Yale Daily News.

Singaporeans continue to represent the largest pool of students in the class, and that the United States, India and China are the three most common countries of origin for the school’s international cohort.

Yale-NUS is much, much younger than its Ivy League sibling- it was founded in 2011 as a joint venture by NUS and Yale. On the other hand, Yale was founded in 1701 and is one of the oldest, and most exclusive, universities in the US.

However, Yale-NUS has drawn controversy before, with people saying that Yale’s strongly liberal arts-focused culture does not mesh well with Singapore’s political conservatism.

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