Friday, May 8, 2009

Yield rises to 59.7 percent for the Class of 2013 at Princeton

Nearly 60 percent of students offered a place in the Class of 2013 have accepted, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye told The Daily Princetonian on Friday afternoon. Of the 2,150 students who were offered admission, 1,284 have enrolled, or 59.7 percent.

The University has also admitted 31 students off its waitlist, Rapelye said, adding that her office will hear back from those students next week.

“We might take a few more students after that, but not many,” she said.

The Office of Admission had initially placed 1,332 students on the waitlist, and 882 of those students elected to stay on the list. Last year, the University admitted 148 students off the waitlist.

The University’s yield was 58.6 percent for the Class of 2012, the first class admitted after the elimination of Early Decision. In earlier years, 69.2 and 67.8 percent of admitted students matriculated into the classes of 2010 and 2011, respectively.

“The yield is up this year, which we are delighted about, especially in this economy,” Rapelye said in an e-mail. “The yield has increased, even as we admitted more students, which was in keeping with the gradual expansion of the student body that we began in 2005.”

The admission office aims to have 1,300 students in the incoming class, 60 more students than there are in the Class of 2012. The matriculation of this class will mark the final phase of a decade-long plan to increase the number of undergraduates to 5,200 by 2012.

An estimated 59 percent of students in the Class of 2013 will receive financial aid, Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid Robin Moscato said. This year, 55 percent of the Class of 2012 received financial aid.

Harvard announced Thursday that 76 percent of the students it admitted have accepted, according to The Harvard Crimson. The university expects that as much as 65 percent of its incoming class will receive financial aid.

Yale announced Friday that roughly 68.7 percent of the students it admitted have chosen to matriculate in the fall, according to the Yale Daily News. The institution has no plans to admit students from its waitlist.

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