Yale Class of 2019 Stats

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A feature in “The Yale Daily News” points out some interesting, though perhaps not entirely surprising statistics on the incoming Yale Class of 2019.

We’ve got some more statistics on the Yale Class of 2019 for our readers from a Yale survey. We’ve already got lots of data on Yale’s incoming class up on our Ivy League Statistics page for the Class of 2019, but a feature in “The Yale Daily News” on the Yale Class of 2019 offers more interesting data on the new batch of Yalies. And some of these statistics are really telling. According to “The Yale Daily News,” “Eighty-two percent of students in the highest-income bracket, with annual family income of over $500,000, identified as Caucasian, while only 8 percent of African-American students fell into the same socioeconomic category. Twenty percent of the Hispanic population on campus reported an annual family income of less than $40,000, compared to 9 percent of white students from similar households.”

And how about legacies? Are most of legacies Caucasian, too? You bet. According to “The Yale Daily News,” “87 percent of Yale legacies in 2019, for instance, are white, as were 76 percent of the freshmen with siblings in the University community. Revealing a connection to income level, 42 percent of students who will be the first to graduate from college came from families with an annual income of less than $40,000. There was only one first-generation survey respondent from a family with an annual income of over $500,000.” So the children of legacies and the siblings of Yale students tend, overwhelmingly, to be Caucasian. This likely doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to our readers.

And what do these incoming Yale students intend to do once on campus this fall? According to “The Yale Daily News,” “Survey results also revealed splits in expectations for extracurricular and social activities at Yale. Sixty-three percent of students who wish to join a fraternity or sorority, for example, do not receive any financial aid, and 80 percent of those from the highest income bracket said they anticipate drinking alcohol during college, a percentage twice that of students from the lowest income bracket.” Again, this likely doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to our readers.

So, basically, these survey results suggest that many wealthy Caucasian members of the Class of 2019 (including legacies and the siblings of Yalies) intend to join fraternities and have a great time in college whereas many students from less well-to-do backgrounds are there to work hard. That’s about what all of these statistical percentages suggest. Agree? Disagree? We’re curious to hear from our readers.

And, while you’re here, check out what the results of a similar survey conducted at Harvard suggest.


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1 Comment

  • Joseph J. O'Brien Jr. says:

    I agree the stats are no surprise, but I don’t agree that the wealthy Caucasians “intend to join fraternities and have a great time in college.” They are probably the children of smart, hard-working parents who were these new Yalies’ models. They’ll have fun, but the interest in fraternities probably has more to do with networking than with carousing. I believe the truth lies beyond class-focused divisiveness.

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