Yale Student Body Expansion

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Change is coming to New Haven. Yale will soon be expanding its student body.

There’s an article in “The Yale Daily News” by Greg Cameron and Rachel Siegel entitled “With expansion, changes to recruitment policy unclear” that we figured we’d discuss. As you may know, Yale will be opening up two new residential colleges in the fall of 2017. And that means that Yale will have to admit more students into its student body to fill seats. In fact, the undergraduate student body is expected to increase by 15%. Hear that future applicants to Yale? There will be more slots for you.

The article in “The Yale Daily News” raises the question of whether the expansion of the student body will lead to the admittance of more athletic recruits. Well, here’s the answer: “‘Although the Yale Corporation has had a preliminary conversation about the composition of the expanded class entering in fall 2017, we will not settle on a strategy for some time,’ University President Peter Salovey said in an email. ‘However, I look forward to the opportunities presented by being able to admit about 200 more undergraduates per cohort.’ Salovey said such decisions on athletic recruitment involve conversations with Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan and Director of Athletics Thomas Beckett, all of whom, Salovey said, are in agreement about the University’s present recruiting and admissions strategies. Salovey added that the number of recruited athletes changes from year to year and that questions surrounding athletic recruitment are revisited annually, and will continue to be deliberated upon going forward.”

Of course even one more slot per year for each athletic team can have a dramatic impact on that team. So we anticipate that athletic coaches not only at Yale but throughout the Ivy League will be following this situation quite closely indeed. That one extra backstroker. That one extra linebacker. That one extra point guard. Who knows. That point guard might end up being the next Jeremy Lin. But Yale didn’t get Jeremy Lin. Harvard did.

Have a question about the Yale student body expansion? Raise your question in the Comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.


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  • ivy says:

    call me elitist but i dont believe in expansion. i even think Penn is a tad too big and Cornell far too big by ivy standards. the whole premise of the ivy league is being extremely exclusive and selective and providing the select few who manage to get in an unparalleled college education, experience, connections etc etc.

  • Tryme says:

    Yes that is quite elitist. If the college has the resources to expand their student body, then they should do so – the number of applicants to the ivies has skyrocketed yet the number of seats has stayed relatively consistent. What I’m wondering about is the effect of an extra 200 seats on admissions rates. Do you guys think colleges are reluctant to expand in an effort to keep their admissions rates low?

  • Fergd says:

    It might be elitist but let’s face it the ivy league is elitist. Their whole existence is based on excellence, exclusivity and elitism. The ivies are so sought after because they can provide a huge amount of resources per student. Also their prestige and reputation really depends on their exclusivity. The ivies are considered a golden standard and should strive to meantainnthisnreputation. Just because applications have skyrocketed it does not mean that the ivies should let more students in to satisfy this demand. Ivies should retain their exclusivity and target resources in trying to find the best of the best regardless of racial and socioeconomic background.

    Also i definitely think cornell should shrink its class size. Cornell is the easiest ivy to get into. They have a huge class size by ivy standards and has a kind of state school vibe compared to the other ivies and the least amount of resources per students in the ivy league. Cornell is ranked the lowest amongst ivies in the parchment rankings which show which school cross admitts prefer. Cornell ranks 34 and the next lowest ivy, dartmouth ranks number 15. ( brown 14, columbia 12, Penn 7, Princeton 5,Yale 4, harvard 3).
    So it doesnt matter that cornell in many ways provides a more substantial undergraduate education than say harvard. However the overwhelming majority will always choose harvard over cornell because it is more exclusive and prestigious and will provide more access to resources for each student.

  • Charles Anglia says:

    Does anyone know if this will have an effect on transfer students? If they are doing 200+ per class, transfer students should have some factor, don’t you think?

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