For all current Yale undergraduate students, their admission to Yale is, in part, because of Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jeremiah Quinlan ’03.
Quinlan, who has seen every accepted undergraduate admissions file since he assumed the post in 2013, will continue a second five-year term beginning July 1 until June 2023. Prior to his tenure as dean of admissions, Quinlan served as deputy dean of admissions and financial aid as well as the first dean of admissions and financial aid at Yale-NUS in Singapore.
During his first five-year term, Quinlan oversaw the recruitment and acceptance of the two largest classes in the history of Yale College as the University opened two new residential colleges. Compared to Quinlan’s first accepted class in 2014, the Class of 2022 has twice as many students who are eligible for the Pell Grant — marking a significant increase in low-income students at Yale — and 75 percent more first-generation students.
In a message to the Yale community in 2013, Richard Levin, who was then University President, Peter Salovey, who was President-elect at the time, and Mary Miller, who was then the dean of Yale College, wrote that “Jeremiah was selected after a nationwide search … In [a] competitive field, [his] extraordinary achievements and potential made him a compelling choice, and we are delighted to make this appointment.”
Quinlan told the News that he was especially proud to be the dean of admissions during the expansion of the undergraduate student body in 2017. The addition of Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin colleges increased the size of each of Yale’s admitted classes by more than 15 percent.
“Over my first term, it was a joy to be able to admit hundreds more students to Yale,” said Quinlan. “I was also incredibly proud to increase the socioeconomic diversity of Yale College’s student body.”
Hannah Mendlowitz ’12, director of recruitment and associate director of admissions, said Quinlan is not only dedicated to fostering a good working environment but also focused on supporting the personal growth of his staff.
For Reed Srere ’17, an assistant director in the admissions office, his job at the admissions office was his first after graduating from Yale. He said Quinlan cared deeply about his personal and professional development.
“It’s nice that he cares about our development as people, not just our developing skills that improve our on the job performance,” said Srere. “Those are traits that personally I didn’t expect in my first boss post-college.”
Looking to his second term, Quinlan told the News that he eagerly awaits the full expansion of the undergraduate student body in two years. He also wants to continue to bolster financial aid at Yale, he said.
“I want to keep building synergies between admissions and financial aid,” Quinlan said. “There are still incredibly talented students who still don’t know that Yale is affordable for them.”
Jeffrey Brenzel ’75, Quinlan’s predecessor, was dean of admissions from 2005 to 2013.
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