Overall Admit Rate 9.7%
The Class of 2009 was chosen from 19,448 applicants,
representing a slight decline of 1.2 percent in Yale's
application pool compared to 19,675 applicants the previous
year. 1,880 applicants were admitted compared to 1,950 the
previous year. The overall acceptance rate of 9.7 percent,
makes this year the most competitive in Yale's history. The
acceptance rate for Early Action was 18 percent; the
acceptance rate for Regular Decision was 7.5 percent.
Yale expects a 70 percent yield and is aiming for a class
of 1,310 students.
52 percent of the admits were male; 57 percent of the
admits attended public high schools; 42 percent of the admits
are minorities or international students.
Yale saw its early pool rise from 16.6 percent for the
Class of 2008 to 17.9 percent for the Class of 2009. Yale's
early pool saw a 2.8 percent decrease in applications, but
Yale accepted 704 students out of a total early applicant pool
of 3,933 students, a 1.3 percent increase from last year when
Yale admitted 670 of its 4,046 early applicants. The
admissions office denied 1,312 applicants or 33 percent and
deferred 47 percent, similar to previous years.
Yale had the lowest early acceptance rate in the Ivy
League, but increased the number of students admitted early
this year because of the overall strength of the early
applicant pool compared to last year. Yale expects that about
620 of the 704 accepted students will matriculate and join the
Class of 2009, as long as this year's yield mirrors last
year's rate of 88 percent. With some 1,300 spots available in
the class of 2009, about 55 percent of the class is open for
regular and deferred applicants.
Yale saw an increase in the number of students applying
from public schools. Geographically, Yale admitted an
increased number of applicants from the Midwest and the West.
The early admits were made up of 351 men and 353 women.
Similar to last year, about 29 percent of the early admits are
students of color and 5.3 percent are from foreign countries.