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.