Students apply to Yale College in record numbers

Yale College has received 28,870 applications for the Class of 2016, announced Jeffrey Brenzel, dean of undergraduate admissions. The applicant total, a 5.8% increase over the previous year’s total of 27,283, is an all-time high for the college.

Brenzel said Yale expected to admit approximately 2,100 students from the applicant pool, about the same total as last year. As a result, Yale’s rate of admission for the class entering this fall is expected to drop slightly below last year’s 7.7%.

“Yale targets its promotional efforts to the best-qualified students overall, especially those who might be otherwise underrepresented in our admissions pool but are highly qualified for admission,” Brenzel said. Yale College admits students without regard to their ability to pay for their education, a policy called “need blind,” and meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.