The Ivy Coach Daily

August 19, 2022

Harvard Class of 2026 Yield

83% of admitted students to Harvard’s Class of 2026 chose to attend (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

Wondering what percentage of admitted students to Harvard College’s Class of 2026 chose to attend the Ivy League institution? Wonder no more! 83% of admits chose to matriculate as members of Harvard’s latest incoming class. And how does this figure compare to years past? Lo and behold, Harvard did not establish a new record with its latest yield. After all, for the Harvard Class of 2025, 85% of admitted students chose to attend. For the Harvard Class of 2021, 84% chose to attend. For the Harvard Class of 2023, 83% chose to attend. But, hey, 83% isn’t too shabby for Harvard’s latest class. For the Harvard Classes of 2024, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015, the yield stood at 81%, 80%, 81%, 82%, 82%, 81%, and 76%, respectively. And which university is Harvard’s greatest competitor? No, not Yale University. No, not Princeton University. It’s Stanford University.

Curious to learn more about Harvard’s Class of 2026 now that the school knows who is and who isn’t attending among its admits? As Rahem D. Hamid and Nia L. Orakwue report for The Harvard Crimson in a piece entitled “83 Percent of Admitted Students to Join Harvard College Class of 2026,” “The class will include record-high proportions of women, Asian Americans, first generation college students, and Native American and Hawaiian students, according to data released by the school…Women comprise a record-high 55 percent of the incoming class, up almost 3 percentage points from the Class of 2025. Asian Americans make up 27.6 percent of the class, 2 percentage points higher than the previous record, set by the Class of 2023…African American students comprise 14.4 percent of the class, roughly on par with the Class of 2025. 11.9 percent of the incoming class identifies as Latinx, virtually identical to the 11.7 percent of the Class of 2025 and 11.8 percent of the Class of 2024. Native Americans and Hawaiians make up a record high 3.6 percent of the incoming class, up significantly from the 1.5 percent of the Class of 2025. A record-high 19.4 percent of the class will be first generation college students, an increase from the 18.6 percent of the Class of 2025. The class of 2026 includes 14 veterans, a decrease from the 18 in the Class of 2025. Thirty-two incoming students expressed interest in ROTC.”

Congratulations to all students who chose to join the Harvard College Class of 2026! And, on a personal note, for the first time in Ivy Coach’s 30 year history, our yield — the percentage of our students admitted to Harvard who chose to attend — was not 100%. And why? Because we had a student this year who chose to attend Stanford over Harvard. In all other instances throughout the last 30 years, our students who have been admitted to both Harvard and Stanford have chosen Harvard. That changed this year. And if you’re wondering the percentage of Ivy Coach’s students who completed applications with us, applied Early Action to Harvard’s Class of 2026, and got in, it’s 100%. It’s on the very bottom of our website. They just didn’t all choose to go!

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