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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Admissions Process

We know that you have questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your ability to enroll at Yale next fall. We want to reassure you that we are committed to starting your journey as a Yale scholar as soon as possible, and we will update this page regularly as information becomes available.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received.

Can I defer my admission to a later date?

With permission from your program and the Graduate School, you may defer your enrollment for one term or one year. To begin the process of requesting a deferral, contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in your program. If the DGS supports your deferral request, they will seek formal approval from their assigned academic dean at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Note: You must accept the offer of admission first before a deferral request can be granted.

My current institution has instituted a Pass/Fail grading option. If I receive Pass/Fail grades for my spring term courses, will that affect my offer of admission at Yale?

No. Students and institutions are facing unprecedented challenges in this difficult time, and we need to be flexible. While we do expect that you will complete your bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation, a change in grading at your home institution will not affect your admission to Yale.

Has the deadline to reply to an offer of admission changed?

No. The reply deadline specified in your letter of admission, (April 15th for most students), remains the same. If this date will present a hardship for you, please discuss with the Director of Graduate Study (DGS) of your program who can contact the Graduate School to request an extension if necessary. However, please be advised that the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) April 15 Resolution remains in effect.

I am an international student. Will I still be able to get a visa?

As of  March 2020, most U.S. consulates world-wide have suspended the routine processing of visas. Please check for announcements and updates to stay informed on the reopening of consulates and visa processing times.

Is Yale still issuing immigration documents for international students?

Yale continues to issue immigration forms to ensure that you will have the documents needed when consulates reopen. After you complete and submit an Address for Immigration Documents form (Ph.D. students) or a Financial Certification form (Master's students), you should expect to receive your I-20 or DS-2019 form within three to four weeks.

The Yale Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is available to help answer questions about immigration issues. Please see, to help address the impact of COVID-19 on international students.

I cannot send you my final official transcript by the July 15th deadline. Is that ok?

Yes. We understand that it may not be possible for you to send your final official transcript by the July 15th deadline, given the circumstances. Please send it as soon as you can, and late submissions will be accepted without any special exception through August 5th. For more information on final transcript requirements, and how to send your final official transcript, please see:

Are all admissions events cancelled?

All on-campus events have been cancelled, and visitors are not allowed at this time. However, the Graduate School is hosting a series of webinars on April 1st and 2nd. Check your e-mail for the invitation, dated March 24th. Many individual programs are hosting program-specific virtual events as well. We also encourage you to explore the GSAS website and join the 2020 Yale GSAS New Students Facebook group to connect with others and learn more.

Are summer programs at Yale cancelled?

Many programs that would normally be held at Yale during the summer months are being cancelled or held online instead. We will have additional information available soon. Please check this site regularly for updates.

My offer letter indicates that I am supposed to attend the Summer English Language Program at Yale on August 1. Is this moving forward as originally planned?

Normally, the Summer English Language Program is hosted on the Yale campus. During the program, students are provided stipends to cover their housing and food costs. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, this summer’s program will not be offered on campus and stipends will not be provided. This year's program will be offered online instead and provide much of the same programming as in previous years. The program schedule is designed to afford students some flexibility in order to accommodate their schedules and time zones. The Summer English Language Program has proven over the years to greatly help students get a positive start in Yale’s doctoral programs and we expect that students who have been invited to attend will participate. If circumstances make this impossible, or if you have additional questions, please contact the program’s director, James Tierney (

Where can I find more information about how Yale is managing COVID-19?

Please see Yale University's COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information, as well as here COVID-19 GSAS FAQs specifically for graduate students