Yale received 28,870 applications for admission to the class of 2016, marking a 5.8 percent increase from last year, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel said in an email to the News Thursday morning.
The jump comes as other Ivy League schools — Columbia and Penn are the only ones with data out now — have seen their applicant pool shrink this year. Applications to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, meanwhile, jumped by 1 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Harvard and Princeton have yet to release their application numbers.
Brenzel said Yale’s admit rate will probably decline slightly this year, as the University expects to admit about as many students as it did for the class of 2015 — around 2,100.
If Yale were to accept the same number of students as it did last year — 2,109 in total, including waitlist admits — the admit rate would decrease from 7.35 percent to 6.95 percent, Yale’s lowest-ever admit rate.
CORRECTION: Jan. 19 Last year, Yale admitted 2,109 students, waitlist admits included, not 2006 as was reported.