Yale University has received 7,313 Early Action applications to its Class of 2026. To put this figure in historical perspective, it marks the second largest applicant pool in the university’s long history — eclipsed only by applications to the Yale University Class of 2025. Last year, Yale received 7,939 Early Action applications. 5,777, 6,015, 5,733, 5,086, 4,669 mark the Early Action application totals for the Classes of 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020, respectively. So, basically, it was a great Early Action cycle for Yale this fall/…just not as great as last year’s Early Action cycle.
First Generation, Underrepresented Minority, International Applicants Soar at Yale
As Jordan Fitzgerald reports for The Yale Daily News in a piece entitled “Yale College sees second-largest early applicant pool in history,” “This year’s application pool is about eight percent smaller than last year’s cohort, and 27 percent larger than 2019. First generation college students, international students and underrepresented racial or ethnic groups bucked this trend, rising in both 2020 and 2021. Last year, 10.5 percent of early action applicants were admitted into the college, which fell from 13.8 and 13.19 percent acceptance rates for the class of 2024 and the class of 2023, respectively…Last year, [Mark] Dunn, [director of outreach and communications for the office of admissions] said applications from first-generation, international and underrepresented students increased at a rate that outpaced the general application pool. Keith Light, director of international admissions and associate director of undergraduate admissions, called the rise in international applications ‘remarkable.'”
It Looks Like Ivy Coach’s Famously Accurate Crystal Ball Might Strike Again
As our readers may remember, as far back as April 8, 2021, Ivy Coach’s crystal ball forecasted that applications would be strong this admissions cycle — just not as strong as last year. When so many others thought applications would set even new benchmarks this year, we boldly stated time and again that we expected applications would not eclipse last year’s record tallies. And while it’s too early to tell since most elite universities have not yet released their Early Action / Early Action figures as Yale has, it looks like Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball might well have struck again.
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