Yale Enrollment for Fall 2020

About 80% of Yale students will enroll this fall.

Back in early July, we announced Yale’s plans to re-open this fall. To recap, all students were invited to return to campus for at least part of the 2020-2021 academic year. First-year students were invited to campus in the fall, while they’d be off-campus for the spring. Sophomores will be off-campus in the fall while they were invited to campus for the spring. Juniors and seniors were invited to campus for the full academic year. Students who are not on campus in a given semester are encouraged to take online coursework. But, in light of this re-opening arrangement, what percentage of Yale’s students will be enrolling this fall? Wonder no more!

As Valerie Pavilonis and Matt Kristoffersen report for The Yale Daily News in a piece entitled “80 percent of students to enroll in fall 2020,” “An email circulated among department heads reported that about a fifth of all Yale College students have chosen not to enroll for the upcoming semester. According to the email, which shared preliminary estimates for undergraduates’ fall plans, more than half of the student body will be living in Yale’s dorms or the surrounding area. The remainder, some 25 percent of students, will enroll remotely. Marvin Chun, Yale College Dean and author of the email, wrote that close to 1,100 sophomores — about 70 percent of original matriculants to the Class of 2023 — would complete classes online, after having been barred from campus for the fall semester…The latest enrollment numbers suggest that many students have changed their minds regarding the fall semester since the News’ survey in late May. At that time, more than half of the 2,129 student respondents said that they were at least ‘likely’ to postpone enrollment should classes go online.”

Do Yale’s enrollment figures for fall 2020 surprise our readers? Do our readers think Yale’s enrollment figures are reflective of the numbers at other highly selective universities across America? Are our readers surprised that a good portion of students chose to change their minds and not enroll this fall despite their plans to do so? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!

 
 

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  • Beebee Maharishi says:

    Hey Guys,

    Cornell students received this email this morning. After delaying awards for returnimg students by 3 months, they want to help us ‘plan’ our fall by telling us what we owe the last second. They are telling us we as students are being ‘helped’ by having no information about our financial aid. I REALLY hope you expose the hypocrisy and bait and switch that this is. Cornell is the only Ivy that I am aware of RAISING TUITION. And instead of housing students on NY ban list as promised they now say we are not doing that either. Stay home and even though we saved $5 million on that false promise, we won’t use the savings to lower your bill. Cornellians are Beyond Pissed!

    Cornell University

    Dear Cornellian,

    In order to provide you and your families additional time to finalize your plans for the fall semester, and to ensure that your billing statement is accurate, we have decided to delay our Fall billing statements by one week, to Friday, August 14, 2020.

    We wish you all the best as you put your plans together for the upcoming semester.

    Sincerely,

    Michelle Benedict-Jones
    University Treasurer and Interim Bursar

  • Beebee Maharishi says:

    Hey Guys,

    Wish you would do a story on this. I don’t think other Ivies behave like this. The new admissions director first did not release admissions info for the First time ever and now it’s not releasing financial aid info until it’s too late to change your mind about going back to school!

    Cornell University

    Dear Cornellian,

    In order to provide you and your families additional time to finalize your plans for the fall semester, and to ensure that your billing statement is accurate, we have decided to delay our Fall billing statements by one week, to Friday, August 14, 2020.

    We wish you all the best as you put your plans together for the upcoming semester.

    Sincerely,

    Michelle Benedict-Jones
    University Treasurer and Interim Bursar

  • J Weiner says:

    Agreed! Yesterday, Cornell President Martha Pollack wrote this in response to students and parents complaining her decisions were more about money than anything else:

    “I want to be absolutely clear that every one of our decisions has been, and will continue to be, driven by that responsibility, not by our own financial considerations.”

    Martha E. Pollack, Cornell President

    Then today we got the letter stating we won’t be able to even ‘see’ what our financial aid packages are until 3-4 DAYS before we are ‘required’ to be back in school. And they say this is for OUR benefit.

    So 2 phrases of wisdom here for our benefit- which really are for OUR benefit:

    1. When anyone hides something from you, unless it is your birthday, it is NOT for your benefit.
    2. When someone says it is not about the money, it is ONLY about the money.

    I seriously think Cornell needs new leadership. Martha Pollack has bungled one crisis after another and seems flabbergasted by even minor adversity. She caved to every single BLM activist demands (now we all have to suffer the consequences of her absurd decisions). And she seems to be swayed by popular opinion or vehement opposition on every issue. Absurdly malleable, to the point of being scary for a leader. The VP Lombardi seems far better suited for the job. Where the heck is the Board, hiding behind their desks?

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