Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Duke Admitted 75 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 comes with the highest admissions yield for Duke since 1979. 

Approximately 47.7 percent of admitted students accepted the offer to come to Duke, said Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag. This represents an increase of more than 2 percent from last year's yield of 45.6 percent—and more than 5 percent from two years ago.

The uptick is due to more students admitted via early decision—a record 47 percent of the class—as well as a slight increase in regular decision yield, Guttentag said.

The incoming freshmen are also responsible for another milestone—more than half of them are students of color, a first for Duke.

"It goes without saying that we're pleased," Guttentag said. "I think it's a reflection of how the institution presents itself to prospective students and their families, I think it's a reflection of the quality of the education, I think it's a reflection of the commitment to diversity."

The class includes record numbers of Asian students, Latino/a students and international students—with 495, 159 and 183 students, respectively.

There are also 75 students admitted from a waitlist of more than 1,000. The University aims to admit a few students from the waitlist each year, Guttentag noted.

There was a slight shift in the class's geographic make-up. North Carolina, California, New York and Florida retained their spots as the four most popular states, and Texas took fifth place for the first time, replacing New Jersey.

Despite the increase in yield that Duke has seen in recent years, the University’s rate sits behind a number of its peer institutions—including Stanford University, the University of Chicago and the eight Ivy League schools, all of which consistently post yields of 50 percent or greater.

“That’s a reasonable goal, and I think that we’ll continue to work in that direction,” Guttentag said of a 50 percent yield. “We’re in a very competitive situation—the schools that also admit the students we admit are among the very best in the world, and we relish the competition.”

In terms of recent years' yield increase, Guttentag noted the importance of a strong Blue Devil Days program. Another recent trend is growing communication between parents of current students and parents of prospective students, he said.

“I think parents are seeing Duke as it is now, more than the Duke they recall from when they were thinking about colleges,” Guttentag said.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MIT Enrolled 25 Students from Waitlist for Class of 2018

For many, the wait was over. But 28 students who held out months longer than everyone else this year finally received welcome news from MIT: they were admitted from the waitlist.

Of those 28 students, 25 are enrolling in the fall. In the preceding two undergraduate admissions cycles, no students were accepted from the waitlist.

In total, MIT currently expects to enroll 1,047 students in the Class of 2018, or 72.4 percent of the 1,447 students accepted, who themselves make up 7.9 percent of the 18,357 applicants. (These figures differ slightly from those in earlier reports because of waitlisted students, students who decide to take a gap year, and other factors.)

Based on these numbers, this year’s overall yield is the highest in MIT’s history, continuing a recent trend of increasing yield numbers. (Last year’s yield rate came out to 72.1 percent after the final enrollment dropped to 1,116 students after The Tech reported the Class of 2017 yield rate.)

The Class of 2018 is slightly smaller than the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017, which were admitted between the opening of Maseeh Hall and the closing of Bexley Hall. These three classes each numbered slightly over 1,100 students.

As for the students who were accepted but ultimately decided to go elsewhere, Schmill said that “Two of the more common choices of schools are Stanford and Harvard.”

Many of MIT’s peer institutions also posted high yields. Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Yale reported yields of 82 percent, 79 percent, 69 percent, and 72 percent respectively.

The Class of 2018 is 48 percent female and 52 percent male; 25 percent of the class is a member of an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, or Native American); 17 percent are first-generation college students; and 9 percent are international students from 54 countries, according to Schmill.

Furthermore, 11 percent of the class self-identifies as African American, 30 percent as Asian American, 14 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 2 percent as Native American, 51 percent as White, and 9 percent as International; 1 percent did not respond. (The figures add up to more than 100 because respondents could select more than one option.)

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.