Yale College Receives Record Number of Applicants

Yale College received a record high number of applicants to the class of 2008, and admitted a record low percentage of those applicants, said Richard H. Shaw Jr., dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid.

The college admitted 1,950 students, or 9.9% of the 19,674 applicants. Last year, Yale admitted 2,014 students, or 11.3% of the 17,735 applicants.

“It was our most competitive admissions cycle,” Shaw said. ” The quality of the applicants was outstanding.”

The admitted students include 1,000 men and 950 women. The students’ median SAT scores in both verbal and math are 750. Nearly 55% of the accepted students attended public schools and 42% are minority students, Shaw said. Applicants were admitted from all 50 states and 60 foreign nations.

Yale College offers an “early action” option in which students can apply early to Yale, and apply to other schools during the regular admission cycle. Students who are accepted early to Yale have until May 1, the same date as other applicants, to decide whether to attend. Yale accepted 670 early action applicants.

Yale College admits students without regard to their ability to pay, a policy called “need-blind,” and meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. The average annual scholarship grant for undergraduates is currently $21,500. About 40% of undergraduates receive need-based scholarships from Yale.

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