Yield Rates for the Class of 2025

Monday, September 13, 2021

Learn What Yield Rates Look Like for the Class of 2025

After many colleges reported all-time low acceptance rates, some students might be curious about their yield rates, or just how many of these admitted applicants have chosen to enroll. Yield is a priority for every college because it impacts their place on rankings lists and it can also influence their bond ratings.

As a result, many universities have aimed to improve their yield rates over recent years by utilizing strategies and techniques, like demonstrated interest, to ensure students are serious about applying to their school. Keep reading to learn more about the yield rates at various colleges for the class of 2025, during what was an unprecedented admissions cycle.

When reviewing yield rates, it’s important to also pay attention to what we didn’t see right away. Namely, many colleges took months to release their yield rates because they were still crunching the numbers and admitting students off of their waitlists to round out their freshmen class. Given all of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to the admissions process, many schools also had longer waitlists than they did during previous years.

SchoolYield Rate Admit Rate
Amherst College42%8%
Bates College43.8%17.3%
Boston University29%18.3%
Bowdoin College60%8.8%
Brown University67.1%5.5%
Colby College44%8%
Colorado College41%14%
Columbia University66.5%3.9%
Cornell University64.3%8.7%
Dartmouth College70.36.17%
Duke University61.4%5.8%
Emory University30.5%20.4%
Harvard University85%3.43%
Lehigh University23.5%45%
New York University51%12.8%
Notre Dame60.1%14.6%
Princeton University67%3.98%
Rice University43.7%9.3%
Swarthmore College43%8%
Tufts University
53%
11%
Tulane Univesity45%9.7%
University of Pennsylvania75%5.68%
University of Virginia64.2%21%
Washington University in St. Louis45.6%12%
Wesleyan University 31% 19.4%
Yale University82.5%4.62%

Yield is an important metric for students and families to consider because it can impact college admissions decisions. College admissions officers are likely to continue to assess demonstrated interest, which is why it is so important for applicants to do their research and clearly articulate why their best-fit college is truly the right choice for them.

For over a decade, yield rates have overall declined, particularly as students continue to apply to a greater number of colleges. During this last year, many top schools received more applications than ever before, meaning yield rates are likely to remain hard to predict. Waitlists for the class of 2025 were also longer, so some applicants may have only recently decided where they wanted to enroll.

If you’re getting ready to apply to college and looking for clarification and guidance throughout the process, our team of college admissions experts can support you throughout your entire journey.

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