The Wall St. Journal reports that higher-than-expected yields mean that colleges are turning to their waitlist less than in past years. The title of the article really says it all: "Hopes Dim for Kids On College Wait Lists: Many Schools Take Fewer Backup Applicants Because of Higher-Than-Expected First-Round Yields" Basically, top-ranked schools anticipated lower yields because of increased use of the Common Application. They aren’t seeing their yields drop at all. A few results:
- Stanford University, the University of Chicago and Dartmouth College aren’t admitting any students from their waitlists this year.
- Penn expects to admit about 25 students, down from 42 last year.
- Amherst College had expected a 36% yield; it saw a yield of 40% and is taking no one from its waitlist.
- The University of Delaware, which dropped its early decision program this fall, is admitting a mere 25 students from the waitlist, down from 262 last year.
- UNC took 116 applicants into its class last year from the waitlist. This year: 99.
Princeton was an exception. It accepted zero waitlisted students last year, but expects to take 30 this year. It also is slightly increasing its class size.