Yield Rates for the Class of 2026

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

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.

School Yield Rate Admit Rate
Amherst College ~45.08% 7%
Babson College 39.19%  22%
Barnard College 66.02%  9%
Bates College 46.1% 13.7%
Boston College 34.60% 16.66%
Bowdoin College 59.28% 9.13%
Brown University 67.15% 5.05%
Bucknell University 27.47% 32.56%
Carleton College 37.78% 16.5%
Colgate University 32.05% 12.34%
College of William and Mary 27.53% 33.00%
Colorado College 41.83% 11.6%
Dartmouth College 63.72% 6.24%
Davidson College 49.82% 16.93%
Duke University 56.40% 6.17%
Emory University 35.13%  15.82%
Georgia Institute of Technology 43.31% 17.00%
Grinnell College 41.1% 9.2%
Hamilton College 41.22% 11.79%
Harvard University 83% 3.24%
Haverford College 45.15% 14.21%
Johns Hopkins University 54.42% 6.48%
Lehigh University 27.24% 36.32%
Middlebury College 38.87% 14.06%
MIT 84.97% 3.96%
Notre Dame 60.17% 12.87%
Pomona College 55.14% 7.02%
Rice University 44.96% 8.56%
Swarthmore College 42.61% 6.95%
Trinity College 18.43% 31.00%
Tufts University  50.22%  9.69%
Tulane University 52% 8.5%
University of California, Los Angeles 50.31% 8.57%
University of Chicago 84.71% 5.44%
University of Georgia 37% 42%
University of Richmond 24.31% 24.37%
University of Southern California 41.72%  11.88%
University of Virginia 42.01% 18.68%
Washington and Lee University 38.89% 17.00%
Washington University, St. Louis 49.36%  11.33%
Wellesley College 50.78% 13.24%
Wesleyan University 35.91% 14.44%
Yale University 69.70% 4.47%

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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