794 Early Action applicants admitted to Class of 2023

Yale admissions workers posing with welcome packets for Early Application admittees to the Class of 2023
Undergraduate Admissions Officers (left to right) Lauren Urbont ’16, Reed Srere ’17, Christopher Bowman ’18, Wendell Wallace-Juedes, and Becky Tynan prepare welcome packets for newly admitted students.

Yale College has offered admission to 794 applicants for the Class of 2023 through its early action program. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan also reported that 56% of the 6,016 students who applied through early action were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 30% were denied admission, and 2% were withdrawn or incomplete.

The Admissions Committee was very impressed with this year’s early applicant pool across every dimension,” Quinlan said. “We are pleased to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2023, and look forward to admitting a much larger group of students through our Regular Decision process this spring.”

Earlier this month, Yale also offered admission to 55 students through the QuestBridge National College Match program. This is the highest number of students Yale has “matched” with through QuestBridge since its partnership with the organization began in 2007. On Dec. 3, these 55 students learned that they had been admitted to the Class of 2023 and qualified for a financial aid award with a $0 parent share. Yale’s generous financial aid polices ensure that parents in families with less than $65,000 in annual income – and typical assets – are not required to make any financial contribution towards the cost of their child’s education, including tuition, room, board, books, and personal expenses.

The newly admitted students will be the third class to matriculate into 14 residential colleges, as Yale College continues its expansion from 5,400 undergraduate students enrolled in 2016 to approximately 6,200 in fall 2020. Yale’s newest students will also take advantage of recent enhancements to undergraduate financial aid policies. Beginning this year, all students who qualify for a financial aid award with a $0 parent share received free hospitalization insurance coverage, and an additional reduction in Student Effort. These students also received a $2,000 startup grant this year, and will receive $600 supplements in subsequent years. Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid Scott Wallace-Juedes said: “We know that the cost of a Yale education extends beyond just the cost of tuition. The new start-up grants and hospitalization coverage ensure that our students with the greatest financial need have what they need to succeed inside and outside the classroom. I am proud that we are furthering our extraordinary commitment to making the Yale experience affordable for everyone.”

All students receiving financial aid are eligible for Yale’s International Summer Award, which provides up to $12,500 for students participating in a Yale-facilitated international experience, and the new Domestic Summer Award that provides $4,000 stipends to support approved unpaid summer positions with nonprofit organizations, government entities, NGOs, research organizations, and arts apprenticeships.

Earlier this fall, Yale announced that the current first-year class of students — the Class of 2022 — set records for socio-economic diversity. Quinlan reported that a record 311 students in the first-year class (20%) are recipients of federal Pell Grants for low-income students. This is almost double the number of Pell Grant recipients who matriculated just five years ago (157 students in fall 2013). A record 284 students (18%) will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college. This is a 75% increase in the number of first-generation students compared with the class that matriculated five years ago.

All of Yale’s admissions offers are non-binding, and admitted students will have until May 1 to reply. The Admissions Office’s Director of Recruitment Hannah Mendlowitz said she hopes all admitted students will take the opportunity to visit Yale: “We’re looking forward to working with campus partners and current students to help the newly admitted members of the Class of 2023 get to know Yale. We’ll be welcoming admitted students to campus during Bulldog Days (April 15-17) and Bulldog Saturday (April 20) and always appreciate the time and effort that everyone on campus – from current students to faculty to staff – puts in to making those events a success.”   

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