Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stanford's Preliminary Yield for Class of 2018 is 78.9%

The Office of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford reported on Monday that 78.9 percent of admitted students had accepted their offer of admission to Stanford to join the Class of 2018. This represents a 2.9 percent jump from the 76.7 percent yield for the Class of 2017 and the highest yield of enrolled students in Stanford’s history.
This means that roughly 1,690 students have enrolled to join the Class of 2018 out of the 2,138 students who were admitted.
These numbers are still preliminary, and are subject to change until the final class statistics are presented in September, according to Colleen Lim M.A. ’80, associate director of undergraduate admission.
“Any way you look at it, the Class of 2018 is extraordinary,” Lim said. “We anticipated that our overall yield would increase due to Stanford’s outstanding reputation and … the 8.5 percent increase in applications, but we were very pleased with these amazing results.”
Lim noted that the incoming class has a 50/50 split of male and female matriculants and represents students from all 50 U.S. states and 57 other countries.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

MIT Will Accept 28 Students from the Waitlist for Class of 2018

It's been nearly two weeks since the May 1 reply deadline, and we know many of you have been awaiting news about our wait list.

tldr: every year we hope to take students from our waitlist, and we are excited that we are able to admit 28 students this year.

Today, at 5PM Eastern Time, we will email all students on our wait list their admission decision, and you should receive it shortly thereafter, depending on how things go with the FCC. At that point, we will consider our wait list “closed” and will not be admitting any additional students for the Class of 2018, not even a Targaryen dragonlord.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yale's Preliminary Yield for Class of 2018 is 70.3%

Out of a record-high pool of 30,932 applications to Yale this year, 1,935 students were offered acceptance and 1,361 students have chosen to matriculate to the University, making for a 70.3 percent yield — the highest in Yale’s recorded history. The yield rate rose by more than three percent from the 68.3 percent yield recorded for the class of 2017.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan said although he expected the yield to increase slightly because the University accepted more students in the Early Action round this year, the magnitude of the yield exceeded his office’s expectations.

The University accepted 735 students in the Early Action round in December, a rise from 649 last year. Both Quinlan and college counselors interviewed said students who apply early are more far more likely to attend the University.

For the first year, the Admissions Office also released the yield for the Regular Decision round. Of the 1,041 admitted students who applied in the regular decision round, approximately 596 students chose Yale, making for a yield rate of 57.1 percent.

Quinlan said that number, which for years has been calculated internally, is the highest on record. Because of the strong yield rate, he said, Yale will likely only take 10 to 15 students off its waitlist. In past years, Yale has fluctuated between taking any number of students — from zero to 100 — off of the waitlist.

“I’m hesitant to attribute [the rise in the yield] to anything specific because it’s a multi-year process,” Quinlan said. Still, he added that the last year has been a positive year for the University in the media, citing several professors’ Nobel Prize wins and the record $250-million gift to the University by Charles Johnson ’54 as two examples.

Although Quinlan originally said the yield numbers would not be publicized until the fall, he said he changed his mind and decided to release the numbers in order to highlight the progress Yale has made in attracting a more diverse incoming freshman class.

In a summit at the White House in January, University President Peter Salovey pledged Yale’s commitment to becoming a more accessible institution to high-achieving students from all backgrounds. Salovey pledged to expand or continue a number of initiatives including increasing the number of students who are finalists in the QuestBridge National College Match — a program that seeks to connect high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to selective universities — by 50 percent to 80 students each year.

The class of 2018 nearly matched that commitment with 79 finalists in the program. 14 percent of the incoming freshmen are first-generation students, a rise from the average of 12 percent from the three prior classes. About 16 percent of eligible students in the incoming class will be receiving Pell Grants.

Yale’s announcement comes on the heels of similar yield increases at three of the five other Ivy League schools that have publicized their data thus far. Harvard maintained a record-high 82 percent yield rate but also accepted nearly 1,000 students in the early action round. Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania also recorded upticks in their yield rates to 54.5 percent and 66 percent respectively. Princeton and Brown registered slight drops. Neither Cornell nor Columbia have announced this year’s yield rate.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dartmouth's Preliminary Yield for Class of 2018 is 54.5%

More accepted students have chosen to enroll at Dartmouth than in any previous year, pushing the College’s “yield” to 54.5 percent, up from last May’s yield of 48.6 percent. The higher yield means that for the first time in seven years, Dartmouth likely won’t have to go to its wait list to fill next year’s class.
“The class profile will shift a little between now and September, but bottom line, this is great news for Dartmouth,” says Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris. “The incoming class brings both tangible academic strength and diversity to our community. Through extensive on- and off-campus yield events, we had the chance to meet so many students and their families who were drawn to Dartmouth because of the strength of the academic enterprise and the vibrant, active, and engaged student body.  The excitement they have for Dartmouth is palpable.”

The members of the incoming class bring exceptional academic accomplishment, with 94 percent ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and mean SAT scores of 722 in critical reading, 726 in math, and 730 in writing. The incoming Class of 2018 also includes the largest-ever percentage of Latino students (8.4 percent) and the largest percentage of first-generation college students, at just over 11 percent of the class. The percentages of African American students and students graduating from public schools are also up over last year.
The high yield comes after Dartmouth this year saw its total number of applications drop 14 percent from 2013. Still, the number of applications is the fourth-largest pool of applicants and the most diverse group of students to apply in the College’s history.

Laskaris attributed the high yield following the overall drop in applications to a variety factors, including the nearly 1,300 prospective students and family members at the three Dimensions programs during the month of April, the dozen off-campus admitted student events hosted by alumni clubs in cities across the country that attracted nearly 500 students and parents, personal outreach to all admitted students by current undergraduates and faculty, and to an increasing awareness of Dartmouth’s leading role in addressing critical issues facing campuses nationwide.

Notwithstanding the normal attrition due to wait-list activity at other institutions and requests from students to take a gap year, the size of the incoming class will be somewhat higher than the projected class size of 1,120. The Admissions Office will admit fewer transfer students for the fall of 2014 in order to allow Dartmouth to accommodate an extra-large first year class. “The Class of 2014, the largest class ever to enroll at Dartmouth, numbered 1,138 at matriculation but the Class of 2018 is poised to break that record as well,” notes Laskaris.

“The incoming Class of 2018 is a clear signal that under President Hanlon’s leadership, Dartmouth is moving forward,” said Laskaris.


Penn's Preliminary Yield for Class of 2018 is 66%

Yesterday, 66 percent of accepted students committed to join the Class of 2018, a modest increase from last year's yield rate of 63 percent.

Penn admissions also enjoyed the highest yield rate since the Class of 2011, when 66 percent of accepted students also came to Penn.

The yield is likely to increase slightly because of wait list acceptances, which are used to make sure enrollment meets the target class size, as well as to address "summer melt," or when students rescind their commitments to attend. Last year's final yield increased 1.3 percent to 64.3 percent.

The Office of Admissions is expecting to offer places to "some" applicants on the wait list due to the fact that "we went out conservatively with offers of admission," Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said in an email.

One factor which may have affected the higher yield is the new Quaker Days, which gave admitted students the opportunity to stay at Penn overnight.

While most peer schools have not yet released their yield rates, last year Harvard University had the highest yield in the nation with 80.2 percent.

Penn admissions reviewed a record 35,788 applications this year.Only 9.9 percent of applicants gained admissions, the lowest admit rate Penn has seen.

The Class of 2018 also has increased diversity and academic quality compared to previous years, Furda said in an email.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Brown's Preliminary Yield for Class of 2018 is 59.9%

About 1,570 of the 2,619 students offered admission to the class of 2018 have committed to the University, leading to a current yield rate of around 59.9 percent, said Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73.

The final yield rate and class size will fluctuate over the summer, but the Admission Office expects a final class size of about 1,560, with an additional 15 students enrolled in the Brown/Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program, he added.

Last May, the Admission Office reported a yield of about 1,589 students, around 60 percent of those admitted. By September, 1,537 students had enrolled and the rate settled to about 58 percent.

The University’s yield rate has increased over the past several years, rising from about 53 percent for the class of 2013 to around 60 percent for the classes of 2016 and 2017, according to Office of Institutional Research data.

Admission officers took note of the “unexpectedly” high yield rates of previous years when making decisions for the class of 2018, Miller said. “We were very cautious in terms of the number of offers we made because we wanted to make sure we didn’t overpressure the housing system,” he said.

In an effort to grow the University’s student population by 1 percent annually, as outlined in President Christina Paxson’s strategic plan, admission officers are aiming for a larger incoming class this year — 1,560 students, rather than last year’s goal of about 1,500. This means some students will be admitted off the waitlist to meet the higher target, Miller said.

This will be the first time in four admission cycles that the University will extend offers of admission to waitlisted students, though the number accepted will depend on changes in the pool of students who have already committed to Brown, Miller said.

Admission officers call these shifts and fluctuations “summer melt,” Miller said. Some students who have committed to the University will decide not to enroll in the class of 2018, instead taking gap years or enrolling at other schools to which they are admitted from waitlists. About 25 admits from the class of 2018 have already elected to take gap years, he added, though this number will likely rise to between 30 and 50.

No students have been admitted off the waitlist yet, but the process is beginning as the Admission Office reacts to “summer melt,” Miller said, adding that waitlisted students should be notified if they have received an offer of admission by mid-June.

The yield rate was higher for students who attended A Day on College Hill, the three-day event on campus for admitted students that occurred April 22-24. Seventy-three percent of ADOCH participants committed to Brown, up from about 67 percent last year, said Liam Dean-Johnson ’16, one of the ADOCH coordinators. The ADOCH yield rate is “not our main focus, but it’s a nice way to evaluate how we’re doing and if ADOCH is an event that is convincing people to come here,” he added.

The University’s yield rate is higher than the national average, which was about 41 percent in fall 2010. The rate reflects Brown’s status as a “highly attractive” school, Miller said.

While the yield rate can provide useful information to admission officers and applicants, variation across universities happens for many reasons, said Michele Hernandez, a college consultant and former assistant director of admission at Dartmouth. For example, some schools manipulate their yield rates by admitting more students through early decision or by admitting more legacy students, who enroll at higher rates than non-legacy students. Others may only officially offer admission to students on the waitlist who commit to attending the school, she said.

Yield rate also varies year to year based on competition from other universities, Hernandez added. A yield rate could actually drop when a college moves up in the rankings due to attracting a more qualified pool of applicants.

Only three other Ivy League institutions have reported yield rates for the class of 2018. Penn’s initial yield rate was 66 percent, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported, while 54.5 percent of students admitted to Dartmouth have accepted their offers, the Dartmouth reported. Harvard’s yield rate was 82 percent, the Crimson reported — an increase of roughly two percentage points from last year, when it was highest in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.


Harvard's Preliminary Yield for Class of 2018 is 82%

Nearly 82 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2018 will matriculate at Harvard College, which would be the highest percentage to attend since slightly more than 83 percent of those admitted to the Class of 1973 came in 1969.

“Three factors combined to help produce this remarkable result: Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid program, an unprecedented welcome extended by undergraduates and faculty to admitted students who came to Cambridge for the April 26-28 Visitas weekend, and a comprehensive digital communications program reaching out to all admitted students through our cutting-edge website, video, and social media channels,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.

The class will have a record number of African-Americans (177) and Latinos (185), as well as the second-largest number of Asian-Americans (351) in Harvard’s history.  “We are very grateful to the many involved in the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program [UMRP] who worked toward these results throughout the year, and especially during the crucial month of April,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment and co-director of UMRP.

“UMRP coordinators called, emailed, and met many members of the Class of 2018 over the past year,” said Lucerito Ortiz, co-director of UMRP.  Added Tia Ray, assistant director, “UMRP coordinators and other minority students made the critical difference during Visitas by hosting nearly one-third of all pre-frosh who attended the weekend.”

“Harvard’s yield is particularly notable because the College does not offer athletic or other non-need-based scholarships,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions.  In addition, Harvard’s early action program, unlike binding early decision programs, allows admitted students to apply elsewhere and asks only that they reply by May 1 after comparing other offers of admission and financial aid.  “Such freedom and flexibility allow a student more time to choose the college that provides the best match, a contributing factor to Harvard’s nearly 98 percent graduation rate,” said McGrath.

“Many changes made at Harvard over the past decade were noted by admitted students as major factors in their decision to matriculate here,” said Fitzsimmons.  They included a fourfold increase in the number of small freshman seminars; the availability of more than 40 secondary fields of study (minors); the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; an augmented advising system featuring 200 peer-advising fellows and 60 resident proctors; expanded opportunities for close collaboration with faculty through research centers and Harvard’s graduate Schools; revitalized theater and arts opportunities; increasing numbers of options for study abroad; and the new Innovation Lab.

“Harvard’s financial aid program has been significantly enhanced in recent years, providing additional aid to low- and middle-income students,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid.  “With the unwavering commitment of Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Drew Faust, president of Harvard University, Harvard has kept its doors open to talented students from all economic backgrounds,” she said.

The Financial Aid Office was open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays during April, and staff talked with students and parents in person and on the telephone.  Seventy percent of Harvard students receive some type of financial aid.  About 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based grants, and the average annual cost to their families is $12,000.  Twenty percent of Harvard families have annual incomes under $65,000 and pay nothing.

Families with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 and with typical assets pay from zero to 10 percent of their annual incomes, and families with higher incomes can still receive need-based aid depending on individual circumstances, including having multiple children in college or unusual medical expenses.

Students are not required to take out loans, and home equity is not used in determining financial aid.  As always, students are asked to contribute toward the cost of their own education by working 10 to 12 hours per week during the school year and obtaining summer jobs.

Visitas, led by Tim Smith and assistant directors Rachel Brown, Maxwell Dikkers, Bryce Gilfillian, Tia Ray, and Kanoe Lum Williams, offered panels, receptions, and small gatherings for students and their parents.  “The engagement of so many faculty and students in welcoming our guests created a realistic sense of the excitement that marks undergraduate life,” said Smith.

Faculty and administrators took part in the program, including a welcome by Faust.  Nearly 1,000 undergraduates served as hosts and other facilitators.  “Despite the weather, Harvard’s sense of community was very much on display throughout the Visitas weekend, thanks to the freshman dean’s office and the Houses,” Smith said.

Those admitted students who were not able to travel to Cambridge could still experience a “Virtual Visitas” through a combination of live-streamed presentations, interactive Google “Hangouts On Air,” and social media content shared through the hashtag #WelcometoHarvard.

Victoria Marzilli, manager of social media recruitment, said, “We were able to convey the vibrant energy and community of Visitas with admitted students around the world through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.  It was wonderful to see faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across the University get involved online.”  Amy Lavoie, director of digital communications, added, “With support from Professor David Malan’s CS50 students and staff, the president’s welcome and ‘Visitas Thinks Big’ were recorded for YouTube so that all admitted students could be part of the featured events.”  The Virtual Visitas initiative also offered an enhanced digital experience for those visiting Cambridge.  Tweets and pictures from members of the community were displayed on TV screens in the registration area.

This year’s high yield means that only a small number (perhaps 15-20) of applicants will be admitted from the waiting list.  The number will be determined over the next few weeks as admitted students decide whether to defer admission to pursue options that often develop during May and June.