University | 7:15 pm | March 28, 2013 | By Amy Wang

Admit rate falls to all-time low

Yale will admit 6.72 percent of students for the next incoming class, hitting the lowest-ever acceptance rate in University history.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will accept 1,991 students this year for the class of 2017 from a pool of 29,610 total applications, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel said in a Thursday email to the News. Decisions will be released to all applicants this evening via an online portal.

Last year, for the class of 2016, Yale admitted 1,973 students out of a pool of 28,975, making for an acceptance rate of 6.8 percent — a record-low number for the University until today. Yale’s admit rate has declined steadily since 2010, in line with similar trends at peer institutions such as Harvard and Princeton.

Brenzel said in a Thursday press release that the office has had “another extraordinary applicant pool” and “another challenging selection process.”

In the early action round this year, Yale accepted 649 out of 4,520 applications, or 14.4 percent. In addition to the 1,991 acceptances released today, the Admissions Office also placed 1,001 students on the waitlist. As with previous years, the office aims for a final enrollment of roughly 1,350 students for the incoming class.

Columbia, Princeton and MIT have reported record-low admit rates this year of 6.89 percent, 7.3 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. Harvard and Stanford have not yet released their numbers at this time.

Students admitted to Yale in both the early and regular rounds have until May 1 to accept or decline their offers of admission.

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