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Highest yield ever for
next year's freshman class

We already knew that more people than ever are eager for admission to Yale College. Now we also learn that those lucky few who were accepted are more eager than ever to attend.

Of the 1,935 admitted applicants—a record-low acceptance rate of 6.3 percent, from a record-high applicant pool of 30,931—71.7 percent will join the class of 2018, Yale announced.

That yield rate is also a record, and it means that only 10 to 15 waitlisted students will be offered spots, undergraduate admissions dean Jeremiah Quinlan ’03 says in the Yale release.

The college's efforts to recruit more low-income students might be showing results.

“Although financial aid awards are being finalized, already the number of students receiving need-based Pell Grants increased” to “nearly 16 percent” of non-international students, the release says. (International students are excluded because they aren't eligible for Pell Grants.)

Last year, that number was around 13 percent. Five years ago, the figure was below 9 percent.

In addition, the release notes, 14 percent of the incoming freshmen “will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university,” compared to 12 percent last year.


The Yale Alumni Magazine is published by Yale Alumni Publications Inc., an alumni-based nonprofit that is not run by Yale University. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration.

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