In addition to the common app, Yale has a required second essay. When considering your response to this question, think about your overall application and how you come across. What is the application saying about you. Is there anything missing? Use this essay to round out the application and paint a complete picture of yourself. Is there anything unique about your background? Where you grew up? Your culture? Great essays are able to tie this into pursuits at Yale, both inside and outside the classroom. It’s important to show a strong understanding of what Yale offers. Through this response, Yale will be able to more deeply understand what matters most to you and what you value.
Yale’s 2015 supplemental essay question:
In this second essay, please reflect on something you would like us to know about you that we might not learn from the rest of your application, or on something about which you would like to say more. You may write about anything—from personal experiences or interests to intellectual pursuits. (500 words maximum)
Yale’s 2015 optional essay for prospective engineering majors:
If you selected one of the computer science or engineering majors, please tell us more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what experiences (if any) you have had in computer science or engineering, and what it is about Yale’s program in this area that appeals to you. (500 words maximum)