The Ivy Coach Daily

April 8, 2023

Yale University Waitlist Acceptance Rate

A panoramic of Yale University's campus at sunset.
Over the last 30 years, about 40% of students who first come to Ivy Coach after being placed on Yale’s waitlist have earned admission (photo credit: Namkota).

If your child was waitlisted to the Yale University Class of 2027, you might be trying to gauge their chances of admission. You might also be contemplating what they should do to put their best foot forward with the Ivy League institution to get out of limbo.

So let’s address all your questions about the Yale waitlist to the Class of 2027 and what your child should do to optimize their case for admission.

Yale Waitlist Acceptance Rates and Statistics

Below you’ll find Yale’s waitlist data for the last 15 years — all numbers the school reported to The Common Data Set.

You’ll note that some years, Yale reported the number of students offered the option of joining their waitlist, the number of students who opted-in, and the number of students who were accepted off the waitlist. You’ll note only some or none of this data in other years.

It’s because Yale’s waitlist reporting is inconsistent. In short, the school is more forthright in some years than others. But here’s the data the school has released:

Yale Class YearNumber of Students Waitlisted to YaleNumber of Students Who Chose to Join Yale WaitlistNumber of Students Accepted Off Yale WaitlistYale Waitlist Acceptance Rate
Yale Class of 2027TBDTBDTBDTBD
Yale Class of 20261,03077440.5%
Yale Class of 2025Not ReportedNot ReportedNot ReportedNot Reported
Yale Class of 2024Not ReportedNot ReportedNot ReportedNot Reported
Yale Class of 2023Not ReportedNot ReportedNot ReportedNot Reported
Yale Class of 2022Not ReportedNot ReportedNot ReportedNot Reported
Yale Class of 20211,095606193.14%
Yale Class of 20201,098713Not ReportedNot Reported
Yale Class of 20191,324837Not ReportedNot Reported
Yale Class of 2018Not Reported998424.43%
Yale Class of 2017Not ReportedNot Reported70Not Reported
Yale Class of 2016Not ReportedNot Reported104Not Reported
Yale Class of 2015Not ReportedNot Reported98Not Reported
Yale Class of 2014769Not Reported7Not Reported
Yale Class of 20131,053Not Reported59Not Reported
Yale Class of 2012859Not Reported50Not Reported

What To Do If You or Your Child Was Waitlisted by Yale

If your child was waitlisted to the Yale Class of 2027, you should take the following two steps — and do so quickly:

  1. Complete Ivy Coach’s PostMortem application review. Before crafting a compelling letter that hopes to sway admissions officers to root for students, we first need to understand how a student presented their case for admission. Hence, we know what they should focus on and what they should avoid focusing on in their letter. We want to lean into their strengths and avoid previously committed mistakes.
  2. Submit a powerful Letter of Continued Interest. This letter should contain no brags or updates. It’s a love letter to Yale filled with genuine specifics about the university and how students will contribute their singular hooks. And it must be submitted quickly! Over the last 30 years, about 40% of students who have first come to Ivy Coach after being placed on the Yale waitlist have earned admission.

What Not To Do If You or Your Child Was Waitlisted by Yale

  1. Wait to learn your child’s other college decisions that are yet to be released. When students don’t submit Letters of Continued Interest right away, admissions officers — who weren’t born yesterday — know they’re waiting to hear from colleges they love more.
  2. Submit a letter filled with brags and updates.
  3. Reach out to the Yale admissions office via phone.
  4. Send follow-up letters after submitting your Letter of Continued Interest.
  5. Take out a bus advertisement in New Haven imploring Yale to admit your child off the waitlist. No ridiculous waitlist campaigns!

Getting Started with Ivy Coach on Conquering the Yale Class of 2027 Waitlist

If you’re interested in optimizing your child’s case for admission off the Yale waitlist to the Class of 2027, fill out our free consultation form, indicate that Yale has waitlisted your child, and we’ll be in touch.

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