Yale Daily News reports that the number of early action applicants to Yale College increased by over 10.4 percent this year. Yet, despite the discontinuation of early admissions programs at both Harvard and Princeton, Yale Dean of Admissions, Jeff Brenzel predicts that the college will extend fewer early admissions offers than it did last year. In order to accommodate the increased number of applications, the office of admissions hired two additional staff members.
Last year, competition at Yale College was higher than ever. Out of 22,817 applicants, 1,952 were admitted, producing a low 8.6 percent acceptance rate.
The four college counselors interviewed for the article did not expect the economic downturn to affect Yale’s application numbers because of its strong financial aid program. Some even view Yale’s financial aid as a possible explanation for the increased applications. Sari Rauscher, director of college counseling at the Waterford School, said, “I think the pressure for students to get into top schools from a financial standpoint is greater.”