Yield Rates for the Class of 2026

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Happy young students walking outdoorsAfter 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 2026.

Learn What Yield Rates Look Like for the Class of 2026

When reviewing yield rates, it’s important to also pay attention to what we don’t see right away. Namely, many colleges take months to release their yield rates because they are 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 have longer waitlists than they did during previous years.

SchoolYield RateAdmit Rate
American University22.22%40.63%
Amherst College~45.08%7.00%
Babson College39.19% 22.00%
Barnard College66.02% 9.00%
Bates College46.10%13.70%
Boston College34.60%16.66%
Bowdoin College59.28%9.13%
Brown University67.15%5.05%
Bucknell University27.47%32.56%
Carleton College37.78%16.63%
Carnegie Mellon University44.31%11.30%
Colgate University32.05%12.34%
Colorado College41.83%11.6%
Dartmouth College62.17%6.38%
Davidson College49.82%16.93%
Duke University56.40%6.17%
Emory University – Emory Campus37.80%11.35%
Georgia Tech43.31%17.00%
Grinnell College40.61%10.76%
Hamilton College41.22%11.79%
Harvard University83.00%3.24%
Haverford College45.15%14.21%
Johns Hopkins University51.30%7.24%
Lehigh University27.24%36.32%
Middlebury College38.87%14.06%
Notre Dame60.17%12.87%
Olin College of Engineering45.45%19.14%
Pitzer College48.00%18.40%
Pomona College55.14%7.02%
Princeton University69.22%5.70%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute18.40% 64.51%
Rice University44.96%8.56%
Swarthmore College42.61%6.95%
Trinity College18.43%31.00%
Tufts University 50.22% 9.69%
Tulane University52.00%8.50%
University of California, Los Angeles50.31%8.57%
University of Chicago84.71%5.44%
University of Georgia37.00%42.00%
University of Pennsylvania68.01%6.51%
University of Richmond24.31%24.37%
University of Southern California41.72% 9.90%
University of Texas, Austin48.53%31.41%
University of Virginia42.01%18.68%
Wake Forest University38.30%20.00%
Washington and Lee University38.86%16.96%
Washington University in St. Louis49.36% 11.33%
Wellesley College50.78%13.24%
Wesleyan University35.91%14.44%
William & Mary27.10%33.5%
Williams College44.32%8.50%
Yale University67.89%4.57%

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 2026 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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