Admitted to Yale College: 1,972 from largest-ever pool of applicants

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Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has completed its review of applications for the Class of 2020 and has offered admission to 1,972 students from a pool of 31,455 applicants, the largest group of students ever to apply to Yale College.

An additional 1,095 students were offered a place on the waitlist. With two new residential colleges scheduled to open in fall 2017, the Class of 2020 will be the final freshman class to matriculate into 12 Colleges. Future freshman classes will grow by approximately 15%. 

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Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions, said that he and his colleagues were inspired by the “extraordinary” pool of applicants. “The process of selecting students from among such a talented and diverse group of students from around the world is extremely challenging, but the results are always rewarding,” he said. “These students will enrich each other’s lives in innumerable ways. We know that those who select Yale will bring an astonishingly wide variety of talents, backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations to campus this coming fall.”

Students admitted to the class of 2020 represent all 50 states and 63 countries. They expressed interest in majoring in more than 70 Yale academic programs. They will graduate from more than 1,350 secondary schools around the world.

Over the past several years, the proportion of applicants, admitted students, and incoming freshmen who identify as a member of a minority group have steadily increased. This year has been no exception, and the staff of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions look forward to showcasing Yale’s diverse communities through various recruitment events, including the on-campus Bulldog Days program for admitted students April 25- 27, said Quinlan.

Quinlan noted that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions could not make offers to a large number of talented young women and men, “virtually all of whom will be successful students at other great colleges and universities.”