Yale College admitted 2,304 students to the class of 2024 from a pool of 35,220 applicants, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced on Thursday.
The number of admitted students represents 6.54 percent of applicants for both early action and regular decision, up from class of 2023’s 5.91 percent. Last year, Yale accepted 2,178 students from both the early decision and regular decision round out of Yale’s record pool of 36,843 applicants. This year, admitted students come from all 50 states, as well as from Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and 72 countries.
The class of 2024 will complete the expansion of Yale College that began three years ago with the opening of Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin colleges. The newest Yalies will bring the total undergraduate enrollment to approximately 6,250 — an increase of 15 percent since 2017.
“Offering a Yale education to more talented and promising students has been a highlight of my work and will complete the University’s vision for a larger and stronger Yale College that has been more than a decade in the making,” said Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan. “The world has never been more in need of intelligent, strong, committed, energetic and visionary young people, and I am delighted so many of those young people decided to apply to Yale College.”
Yale also offered a spot on the waiting list to 1,290 applicants this year, according to Director of Outreach and Recruitment at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Mark Dunn. Dunn said the admissions office does not know whether it will offer admission to any students on the waitlist, which is unranked. 30,149 applicants were denied admission, 1,281 applicants withdrew their applications, and 196 of the applications were incomplete.
In December, Yale offered admission to 796 applicants in the early action round. The College also admitted 87 applicants through the QuestBridge National College Match program — a 58 percent increase from last year’s record of 55 matches. The 87 QuestBridge matches set a new record for Yale and represented the largest number of matching students at any of the 40 QuestBridge partner schools.
As it stands, Yale’s undergraduate student body includes more than 1,000 students who receive Federal Pell Grants for low income students, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid Scott Wallace-Juedes noted. This is an increase of 50 percent in the past four years.
In past years, admitted students were able to attend Bulldog Days, a three-day program that aims to showcase everything Yale has to offer, as well as Bulldog Saturday, a one-day condensed version of Bulldog Days. This year, however, the two events were cancelled due to COVID-19.
In lieu of on-campus admissions events, admitted students will be able to connect via chat and video in a new online Admitted Students Network, attend online master classes taught by Yale faculty, attend live-streamed video panels about different elements of campus life, and explore virtual content from student organizations, said Hannah Mendlowitz, director of recruitment at the admissions office.
“Although we are disappointed that admitted students won’t be able to visit campus this spring, the Yale community is stepping up to provide an amazing collection of virtual events and opportunities to connect with current students, faculty and staff,” Mendlowitz said. “We are transforming the three days of Bulldog Days into the ‘30 Bulldog Days of April.’ We are looking forward to helping our admitted students experience what makes Yale so special, from wherever they are in the world.”
Admitted students will have until May 1 to accept or decline their Yale admission offers.