Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HYPSM's Yield/Admit Ratio for Class of 2019

1. Stanford

Number of Early Applications: 7297
Early Admits: 743
Early Admit Rate: 10.2%
Total Number of Applications: 42497
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 2142
Admit Rate: 5.0%
Class Size: 1722
Yield Rate: 80.4%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 15.9

2. Harvard

Number of Early Applications: 5919
Early Admits: 977
Early Admit Rate: 16.6%
Total Number of Applications: 37307
Waitlist Admits: 93
Total Admits: 2081
Admit Rate: 5.6%
Class Size: 1665
Yield Rate: 80.0%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 14.3

3. Yale

Number of Early Applications: 4693
Early Admits: 753
Early Admit Rate: 16.0%
Total Number of Applications: 30237
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 1962
Admit Rate: 6.5%
Class Size: 1364
Yield Rate: 69.5%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 10.7

4. Princeton

Number of Early Applications: 3850
Early Admits: 767
Early Admit Rate: 19.9%
Total Number of Applications: 27290
Waitlist Admits:
Total Admits: 1948
Admit Rate: 7.1%
Class Size: 1319
Yield Rate: 67.7%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 9.5

5. MIT

Number of Early Applications: 6519
Early Admits: 625
Early Admit Rate: 9.6%
Total Number of Applications: 18306
Waitlist Admits: 52
Total Admits: 1519
Admit Rate: 8.3%
Class Size: 1109
Yield Rate: 73.0%
Yield/Admit Ratio: 8.8

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

1,722 Students Matriculated to Stanford for Class of 2019

When faculty and staff arrive on campus tomorrow morning the Farm will have a distinctly festive air. There will be lots of horn honking and "woo-hoos," red-and-white balloon arrangements and welcome signs – some handmade, others fresh from the printer.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, is move-in day for the Class of 2019. The university will roll out the cardinal carpet for 1,722 freshmen and 15 transfer students.

Stanford's newly minted freshmen represent 49 states and 66 countries. The largest contingent of first-year students – 32.9 percent – hails from California. About 12 percent are international students and U.S. citizens living abroad. Slightly more than half of the freshmen are male – 50.5 percent – while 49.5 percent are female. More than 95 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Fifteen percent are first-generation college students.

The new transfer students include one veteran who served as a crew member for the U.S. Navy Dragon Boat Team and taught battlefield medical courses. Another is a U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and received a certificate of commendation for his service in Fallujah. Another transfer student is one of only five international officers for Phi Theta Kappa, the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Almost 36 percent of the incoming freshmen say they are interested in engineering; nearly 23 percent have an academic interest in the natural sciences; 17.7 percent have expressed an interest in the humanities.

But before they get to their majors, Stanford's incoming students all have a bit of acclimating to do, which is what the six days of New Student Orientation (NSO) are all about.

As Stanford tradition dictates, residence staff and orientation volunteers have crammed over the summer to memorize every new resident's name and likeness, so that each new student arrives to a hearty personal greeting. NSO staff will be on hand Tuesday to help carry luggage, stuffed animals and other items to make students' dorm rooms a bit like home.

Once students secure their essentials – ID cards, room and post office box keys – and meet their roommates for the first time, they will have a chance to explore campus life. Events on Tuesday include open houses, receptions and information sessions at community centers; information tables on White Plaza and tours at the visitor center; a welcome at Windhover contemplation center and more.

Parents and family members partake in many of these move-in day activities as well as programs and resources designed to provide them with their own one-day immersion into Stanford's rich intellectual life and cultural traditions.

The day culminates with the 125th Opening Convocation Ceremony, which takes place on the Inner Quad at 4 p.m. President John Hennessy will welcome incoming students, their families and friends at the formal opening of the academic year. The Rev. Jane Shaw, dean for religious life, will offer the invocation. The audience also will hear from Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education, and Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. Jordan Shapiro, who earned a bachelor's degree in bioengineering in June and is currently a graduate student in management science and engineering and in business, will offer student remarks.

Following Convocation, parents and family members say goodbye to their students and head for dinner with Provost John Etchemendy. New students head back to their dorms for "Welcome Home" activities and their first house meetings.

NSO continues for five more days, with activities designed to engage students intellectually and socially. NSO programs include discussions about alcohol, sexual behavior and relationships, religious life and personal identity. Among the programs focused on academic life is the First Lecture featuring Margot Gerritsen, associate professor of energy resources engineering, who will talk about the purpose of a liberal education. Later in the week President Hennessy will moderate the Three Books program panel discussion. This year's summer reading assignments for new students were This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff, Cane River by Lalita Tademy and The Innovators by Walter Isaacson.

Undergraduate housing opens for returning students Thursday, Sept. 17, and classes begin Monday, Sept. 21.


1,319 Students Matriculated to Princeton for Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 consists of 1,319 students from 46 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, with a plurality coming from California, New Jersey and New York.

Nearly 37.6 percent of students came from these three states, a slight decrease from last year’s 38.7 percent. Alaska, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Dakota are not represented in the class, according to Dean of Admissions Janet Rapelye.

Vidur Beharry ’19 comes from New York, one of the most represented states in his class, yet was the only student accepted to Princeton from his high school, DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He said that he applied to the University with an ounce of hope that he would gain admission, and that he had first heard about the institution through the Questbridge program.

“Being a low-income student, I was scouring for scholarships to afford a top-tier education,” Beharry said. “I also had to maneuver my way around paying to send SAT/ACT scores, and find ways to send my recommendation letters because all the teachers who had written me one were removed from my school.”

Daniel Han ’19 comes from Guam, one of the least-represented of the states and territories at the University. Only one other student from his high school was accepted in the past few years, but chose not to matriculate. Han said he had heard of the University’s world-class education and was not deterred from applying.

“I made sure to maintain good grades throughout high school while also pursuing varied extracurricular activities that interested me, such as participating in local volunteer efforts and in a school book club,” he said. “The part of the application process that stood out most to me was probably the interview; Princeton was the only college that offered an in-person interview to me.”

The Class of 2019 includes 177 international students from 51 countries, which accounts for 13.4 percent of the class. Rapelye noted that there are more international students in the Class of 2019 than in the past few years. The Class of 2018 only included 11 percent international students.

Tamara Macharashvili ’19, an international student from Georgia, explained that she had heard about Princeton through her sister, a current junior, but had never visited before. She noted that the application process was different for her because the grading system and activities did not concur with that of the U.S. educational system.

“I didn’t give much thought to studying in the U.S. until the last couple of years, so most of the activities I was doing came from a natural impulse, and weren’t even intended for the application,” she said of her application experience. “I could by no means determine if they were good enough and if I had a chance.”

Thirty-five students returned from the Bridge Year program and will be joining the Class of 2019, while 35 students from the Class of 2019 chose to participate and will defer until next year, according to Rapelye. Overall, 46 students chose to defer for a year, a significant decrease from the 82 deferrals from the Class of 2018.

Rapelye said the University reached its goal in number of enrolled students, with seven more freshman enrolled this year compared to the 1,312 students enrolled in the freshman Class of 2018.

Students who attended public schools made up 58.6 percent of the class, while 28.6 percent attended independent schools, 12.1 percent attended religiously affiliated schools and 0.7 percent attended military or were home-schooled, Rapelye said.

According to Rapelye, 21 percent of enrolling students indicated that they wanted to study in the BSE program. Women comprised 40.8 percent of the 277 intended BSE students, which is slightly lower than the 42 percent from the Class of 2018.

“We approach each year with a fresh perspective and we are already visiting high schools to meet potential applicants for the Class of 2020,” Rapelye said.


Friday, September 11, 2015

196 Students Were Admitted from the Waitlist at Brown for Class of 2019

The University extended offers of admission to 196 students on the class of 2019 waitlist, a drastic increase from previous admission cycles, said Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73. A slightly lower overall yield rate and a record-high number of students deferring admission may have contributed to this jump.

Forty-two students were admitted off the waitlist last year, while two were admitted off the waitlist for the class of 2017 and zero for the class of 2016.

“It is really great to be able to take people from the waitlist because we have so many great students on there. So we’re happy about that,” Miller said.

Fifty-six percent of students admitted to the class of 2019 committed to the University, Miller said. This year’s yield marks a 3 percent decline from the previous year, though it remains close to the average of previous years, which has hovered around 57 percent, he said.

Fifty-five students accepted to the class of 2019 deferred admission to take a gap year. “This is a bigger number than we’ve ever had, which is — from my perspective — a promising trend. … I’m a big fan personally of gap years,” Miller said. This could be part of an increasing trend, as 43 students deferred admission last year and 36 deferred the year before.

The class of 2019 totals 1,618 students, including the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program cohort of 14 students, Miller said. This marks an increase from the 1,563 students who initially made up the class of 2018. The class size has grown consistently since President Christina Paxson P’19 named growing the student and faculty populations a priority in her strategic plan, “Building on Distinction.”

Of the other Ivy League schools that have released their yield rates, Harvard, Princeton and Penn all boasted higher rates than Brown at 81, 69 and 66, respectively. Meanwhile, Dartmouth’s yield fell below Brown’s at around 50.

The yield rate for admits who attended A Day on College Hill — a three-day, two-night hosting program designed for admitted students — was 69 percent this year. Though this represents a drop from last year’s ADOCH yield rate of 73 percent, it remains significantly higher than the overall class yield rate.

Fewer participants in this year’s ADOCH — thus a smaller proportion of the overall admitted student pool — may partially explain the slight drop in yield rate. “This was due to a lot of factors that we just didn’t have control over,” said ADOCH coordinator Alissa Rhee ’16. “We had a lot of issues with overlap with our peer institutions, and this year our budget wasn’t able to extend more offers to students who maybe are coming from farther away.”

But a steadily high ADOCH yield rate is a confirmation of ADOCH’s success as a program to get students excited about Brown, Rhee said, adding that producing a high yield rate is a consistent goal for the ADOCH coordinators. “I would say this year that ADOCH was definitely a success. We had so many parents coming up to us saying that ADOCH was well-run,” she said. “The students were very happy here.”

“From a recruiting perspective, if we have the opportunity to get people to attend ADOCH, it makes a significant difference in their decision to attend,” Miller said.

Geographic location remains a major factor shaping a student’s decision to commit to a university. “There’s sort of a general rule in college admissions that the further away from home people are, the lower the yield,” Miller said. “We tend to have lower yields further away in the West Coast and the South, but that’s a general rule in higher education,” he said. This year’s class hails from 61 countries and speaks 59 languages, he added.


Friday, September 4, 2015

1,364 Students Matriculated to Yale for Class of 2019

After receiving 30,237 applications to the class of 2019, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 1,962 students — 1,364 of which matriculated to the University. This marks a 69.5 percent yield, which is slightly lower than the record yield for the class of 2018, but still marks the second-highest rate the University has seen in recent years.

Last year’s yield of 71.7 percent was the highest in Yale’s history — a significant increase from the 68.3 percent yield recorded for the class of 2017. And while this year’s yield took a slight downturn, Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan have described the class of 2019 as the most diverse class ever to enroll in Yale College.

“Yield is hard to predict from year to year,” Quinlan said. “An admissions office can admit for yield: It can accept students who have a higher rate of yielding. But Yale does not do that. We continue to reach for the best students.”

In contrast, Harvard recorded an 81 percent yield for its class of 2019, dropping one percent from last year’s yield. Princeton’s yield also decreased slightly, falling from 69.2 to 68.6 percent.

Brian Taylor, director of The Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said slight decreases in yield from one year to the next are extremely common, and not something that colleges should necessarily look into.

“There’s a lot of things to worry about in this world,” Taylor said. “A two-percent drop in yield is not one of them.”

Director of Outreach and Recruitment for the Admissions Office Mark Dunn ’07 said that it would be impossible to attribute this year’s yield to a particular outreach or recruitment strategy, since there are “many moving pieces,” and each class is different. He noted that, although the Admissions Office made no significant changes to Bulldog Days, the most recent iteration of the admitted students’ event had one of the highest attendance rates that the office has ever seen, with 77 percent of attendees matriculating into the class of 2019.

According to Taylor, small factors like whether or not it rains during Bulldog Days can have an impact on yield. If a student visits New Haven and the weather is gloomy, he said, they might be more impressed by Stanford or another school located in a warmer region.

“If you track the relationship between yield and weather at Bulldog Days, and at Dartmouth’s visiting days too, the rain definitely has an effect,” Taylor said, referring partly to this year’s Bulldog Days, which were plagued by rain.

This year’s freshman class comprises students from 49 states and 60 countries, with 11 percent of the class attending Yale as international students. Additionally, 41 percent of the class identify as members of a minority racial or ethnic group, with a record number of African-American, Hispanic and Latino freshmen. Though diversity can be quantified in many ways, Quinlan said, the class of 2019 is the most diverse class Yale has seen in terms of race and socioeconomics.

Another notable change is the increase in freshmen who are eligible for Pell Grants — financial aid awards given to low-income undergraduates by the federal government that do not need to be repaid. Over 18.5 percent of domestic students in the class of 2019 qualified for a Pell Grant, which marks a 43 percent increase from the number of Pell-eligible students in the class of 2017.

In addition, over 14 percent of the freshman class are first-generational college students, a 22-percent increase in comparison to the class of 2017.

“I’m very excited and proud of the work that’s been done at the University over the last two years to create the changes we have seen,” Quinlan said. “This is the second-highest yield in a few years, and is a little above the five-year average. Over the last five to seven years, it’s still been a very strong number, and a great indication of how students want to come to Yale and choose Yale over a lot of institutions.”

The diversity of the class also extends to academic interests, with 25 percent of the freshmen indicating plans to major in social sciences, 20 percent planning to study the arts and humanities, 28 percent interested in a physical science or engineering major and 16 percent hoping to major in the life sciences. Quinlan said the number of students planning to study in the humanities is slightly higher than in recentyears, with the numbers for STEM students staying relatively steady.

Despite the slight drop in yield for the class of 2019, Dunn said the Admissions Office does not plan to change the way in which it approaches students and advertises Yale.

“We are not planning any significant changes in our outreach or recruitment strategies based on this year’s yield rate,” Dunn said. “We are, of course, thrilled with the incoming class and are excited that they are so diverse in so many ways.”


Monday, June 8, 2015

Dartmouth Accepts 93 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2019

The yearly yield has averaged slightly over 50 percent over the past decade.

The 50.4 percent yield for the Class of 2019 reflects a “cautious” approach to admissions this year after the larger-than-expected Class of 2018, dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris said.

This year, 1,115 students have accepted a place in the Class of 2019, compared to the 1,210 students who accepted spots to the Class of 2018. This year’s yield saw a decrease from last year’s 54.5 percent yield. For the past decade, the yearly yield rate has remained around 50 percent, according to a College statement.

Laskaris said that last year was “a real high point” for admissions, but also somewhat of an outlier.

“We were cautious with the number of students admitted regular decision, because we couldn’t afford another super-sized first-year class,” Laskaris said.

Laskaris said that the target class size was 1,120 students. The College admitted fewer students regular decision with the intention of using the waitlist, she said, ultimately admitting 93 students off of the waitlist compared to zero last year.

“It was the first time we intentionally did that,” Laskaris said. “To aim a little lower and use the waitlist to build up to the desired class size.”

She noted that, while the waitlist draws the process out, the College maintains a “deep waitlist” with many students who are eager to wait for a spot.

The announcement of the yield came slightly later than usual because it felt “premature” to announce earlier while the College was still accepting students from the waitlist, she said.

Admissions director Paul Sunde wrote in an email that admissions expects to enroll about 20 transfer students.

Fourteen percent of the Class of 2019 are first-generation college students, an increase from 11.2 percent of the Class of 2018. Sunde wrote that the College has been working with community-based organizations across the U.S. to encourage high-ability, low-income students to consider Dartmouth.

The class is also comprised of the largest proportion of Asian American students ever at 19.6 percent. Sunde wrote that there has been an overall increasing trend in the percentage of Asian American students per class at the College, and this year’s numbers are in line with that trend.

The Class of 2019 also has the largest West Coast contingent ever at 23.6 percent of the class. Sunde wrote that there has been a national demographic shift with more students graduating from high school in the West, which would logically be reflected in the Class of 2019.

Laskaris said that these three increases show “tangible progress” toward building the diversity of students. She noted that the West is “a growing area of interest for Dartmouth.”

Fifty-one percent of the class will be granted need-based financial aid, with 46 percent receiving scholarships and the remainder receiving some combination of loans and work-study. In addition, 14 percent of students qualified for Pell Grants. The average award for the 46 percent of the class receiving scholarships will be $44,161.

Ninety-one percent of the students are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, a slight decline from last year’s 94 percent. Mean SAT scores for the class are 717 for critical reading, 722 for math and 722 for writing. About 56 percent of the class went to a public high school, similar to last year’s 55.3 percent, which was an increase from the year before.

More than eight percent of students are international.

Last year’s entering class saw the highest-ever percentage of Latino students and first-generation college students, though the Class of 2019 has surpassed the latter record.

The Dimensions of Dartmouth program, now split into three dates, saw higher attendance than past years, as it did last year when additional dates were first added, Sunde wrote. This year’s on-campus program was similar to last year’s, but more off-campus events were held than in the past and early feedback on those events have been positive, he wrote.

Laskaris noted that Dimensions saw abnormal April weather, including snow, rain and sleet during all three programs.

She said that she finds it exciting that several stories on members of the Class of 2019 have shown up in local and national media. Laskaris noted the National Public Radio feature on Kristen Hannah Perez ’19, a low-income high-achieving student from Celina, Texas, as an example of a “wonderful” story about an incoming student.

Neerja Thakkar ’19, who applied regular decision, said she fell in love with the College after a visit last summer. She noted that her tour guide, in particular, made a positive impression.

Thakkar said that during her Dimensions visit she appreciated the friendliness of students, the academic flexibility of the D-plan and the emphasis professors placed on teaching.

Lisa Genthner ’19, who was admitted off of the waitlist, said that Dartmouth’s academic reputation and sense of community led to her decision to accept the College’s offer. She said that students’ apparent passion “about whatever they were doing” also impressed her.

Genthner said that most outside information on the College has been positive, and that others encouraged her to attend.

Thakkar said that while she had heard some negative information about the College — particularly negative aspects of the Greek system — she finds it encouraging that the College seems to be addressing these issues, unlike some other institutions.

“The negative stuff seems to come from people who don’t actually know that much about Dartmouth,” she said.

Amanda Sload ’19, who applied early decision, said the rural location and size attracted her to the College.

While Sload had visited the College before, as both her parents are alums of the Tuck School of Business and she attended hockey camp at the College, a visit in the fall “erased any doubts” she had about applying early decision.

She said that meeting up with a sophomore friend and talking to a group of students helped solidify her decision.

“I knew I wanted to be surrounded by those kind of people for four years,” Sload said.

About 20,500 students applied to the Class of 2019 and 2,213 were accepted, for an acceptance rate of 10.8 percent. There was a more than 10 percent increase in early decision applications for the Class of 2019 last fall.

The University of Pennsylvania saw a 66 percent yield for its 2019 class, while Harvard University saw an 81 percent yield. Princeton University saw a 68.6 percent yield for its 2019 class, after the yield was lowered from a record-high 69.4 percent yield due to 14 students deferring their admission to the Class of 2020.

Senior staff member Laura Weiss contributed reporting.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Princeton will Accept 20 ~ 25 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2019

The University adjusted its yield rate to 68.6 percent on Friday after 14 admitted students deferred their admission to the Class of 2020, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said.

The yield rate is no longer a record yield rate. The previously reported yield rate was 69.4 percent, compared to last year’s yield of 69.2 percent.

Rapelye said she ultimately expects to admit 20 to 25 students from the wait list. These students will be notified before June 30.

“Since students continue to ask to defer or withdraw throughout the next few weeks and months, the numbers in the class and the yield will change, as they always do during this period,” Rapelye said.

Rapelye noted that the enrolling number for the incoming freshman class currently stands at 1,310, which is the University’s target enrollment number. The number for the incoming freshman class does not include the 35 students who will be participating in the Bridge Year Program next year.

According to Rapelye, 60 percent of the incoming class will receive financial aid. Forty-two percent of students self-identified as American students of color, and 12.6 percent are children of Princeton graduates. Of the incoming class, 46.8 percent of the committed students are women, and 53.2 percent are men.

Rapelye said final statistics will be released in a report in September.