Outreach efforts boost number and diversity of Yale College applicants

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Yale College has received 31,439 applications for Class of 2020, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan has announced, noting that the total is the highest in the college’s history.

While a number of factors have led to nearly a 50% increase in the number of applications to the college during the last decade, Quinlan said other trends in the application pool are more notable.

For example, while there has been a 5% increase over the last four years in applications from U.S. high school students, Yale has seen a:

• 18% increase in students who identify as a member of a minority racial/ethnic group;

• 36% increase in students who identify as African American;

• 12% increase in  students who will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree; and 

• 18% increase in applications from students in the South or Southwest.

“The increasing diversity of the application pool aligns with Yale’s outreach philosophy, which is focused on reaching applicants and communities where students have not typically considered schools like Yale, and not on simply increasing the number of applications Yale receives each year,” Quinlan said. 

Mark Dunn, associate director of undergraduate admissions, added, “The admissions office has worked to target our outreach efforts at the prospective students who are most likely to be competitive in our application process and who will contribute to Yale by bringing a diverse range of identities and experiences to campus.”

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