Yale College Accepts Lowest Number of Applicants From Its Largest-Ever Pool

United States North America Higher Education News by Erudera News Apr 12, 2023

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Yale College, the undergraduate college of Yale University, has offered admission to 4.35 percent of applicants for the Class of 2027, marking the lowest admission rate in its 322-year history.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions said that a record number of students applied to study at the college, a total of 52,250 applicants, of whom the college accepted 2,275 to the class of 2027, Erudera.com reports.

776 students were admitted in December through the Early Action program and 66 others through the QuestBridge National College Match program.

Previously, the admission rate at Yale College was:

  • 5.91 percent for the Class of 2023
  • 6.54 percent for the Class of 2024
  • 4.62 percent for the Class of 2025
  • 4.46 percent for the class of 2026

This year, the college has admitted students from 50 US states, the District of Columbia, four territories across the US, and 78 countries.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan expressed pleasure that the college continues to be promising to students from different backgrounds.

“The strength and diversity of the applicant pool is much more important than the number of applications we receive.

I am also proud that the admissions office has been able to continue its thoughtful whole-person review process of each applicant, even as the volume of applications has increased.”

According to Quinlan, this year’s cohort was the largest ever, nearly five percent more than a year earlier, and the number of first-year applicants, he said, has increased by 50 percent since 2020.

Quinlan attributed the increase in first-year applicants to Yale’s test-optional policy adopted in response to COVID-19.

Director of Outreach and Recruitment, Mark Dunn, said that the new students will be invited to visit campus for the Bulldog Days, a three-day and two-night program held between April 24 and 26, where students can, among other things, connect with fellows and hold undergraduate organization meetings, explore the campus, and more.

“The Yale community does an extraordinary job opening its arms to admitted students every spring,” Dunn said.

Similarly, Harvard College has marked the second-lowest admission rate in its history. It has admitted 3.4 percent of students applying for the Class of 2027 from a pool of 56,937 applicants. The rate has dropped from 4.9 percent of applicants admitted for the Class of 2024, yet it has slightly increased from 3.2 percent for the Class of 2026.

The total number of students receiving admission offers from Harvard College this year is 1,942 students - 1,220 regular and 722 early admissions, with women accounting for 53.6 percent of all admitted students.

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