Harvard Class of 2025 Yield

Harvard’s yield soared to a record high for the Class of 2025 (photo credit: Caroline Culler).

Harvard University has announced that 85% of students admitted to its Class of 2025 will be matriculating. This marks a record yield for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institution. To put the figure in context, for the Class of 2024, 81% of admits chose to matriculate. The previous record high yield was for the Class of 2021 when 84% of admits chose to attend Harvard. And in addition to the 85% of admits to the Class of 2025 who will be on campus next fall, 349 students who opted to take a gap year after earning admission to the Class of 2024 will join them this fall.

As Vivi E. Lu and Dekyi T. Tsotsong report for The Harvard Crimson in a piece entitled “College Expects 1,962 Freshmen This Fall As Record-High 85% of Admits Will Join Class of 2025,” “Women make up the majority of the Class of 2025 at 52.6 percent, while men comprise the remaining 47.4 percent. Asian Americans make up 25.3 percent of the class, a slight increase from last year’s 24.6 percent, but close to the record-high 25.6 percent from the Class of 2023. African Americans comprise 14.3 percent of the Class of 2025, a slight increase from last year’s 13.9 percent. The percentage of Latinx students remained steady at 11.7 percent compared to the previous year’s 11.8 percent, and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians make up 1.5 percent of this year’s` incoming class, a decrease from the 2 percent enrolling last year. First-generation college students make up 18.6 percent of the Class of 2025, similar to last year’s 18.7 percent. The Class of 2025 also has 18 veterans, a slight increase from the 12 veterans from the Class of 2024. Approximately 55 percent of the Class of 2025 students will receive need-based aid.”

Congratulations to all students who will be members of the Harvard University Class of 2025. 85% of you chose to accept your offers of admission. And the rest? Where will you be? Stanford? Yale? MIT? As we’ve long articulated on the pages of this college admissions blog, the vast majority of students who are admitted to Harvard and Stanford choose Harvard. The vast majority of students admitted to Harvard and Yale choose Harvard. The vast majority of students admitted to Harvard and any other elite university choose…yes…Harvard.


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  • Natalie Wyatt says:

    The most ridiculous ‘College Reveal’ videos are those kids getting into Harvard and a slew of other schools and telling everyone they will ‘REVEAL’ the school they will choose. Ewww, it is always such a big surprise! It is always an AGONIZING decision, we are told. They tells us all the reasons why they could ‘see themselves at Northeastern or NYU’ and why they ‘really loved Brown’ their ‘dream school since 8th grade, and just love Penn State, but somehow always find Harvard the right ‘fit’. Most of these kids have never visited Harvard or even care for the major they choose at Harvard. But oh the people they will impress. Vanity, vanity, all is Vanity.

    I remember Ivy Coach stating years ago that they would not help students with the rest of their RD applications if they got admitted Early Action to Harvard because they were going to attend Harvard and the remaining applications was only a vanity project, so to speak. And that is 100% correct. Too many students are getting into Harvard in December and then not withdrawing their RD applications to a dozen more schools so they can tell their friends where they got into. One girl last year admitted Harvard EA was rejected from every other Ivy in RD. Serves her right.

  • Cruz Winterly says:

    Harvard Early Action should be Binding Early Decision. So few of those students choose another school over Harvard (with the exception of Stanford in recent years), that they should be locked into Harvard in December and not steal spots away from students in the RD round at other elites for bragging rights. Talk about selfish. And this cockamamie idea that you can apply to 30 schools? There should be a limit.

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