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November 14, 2007

Yale's Early Applicant Pool Surges

An article in today's Yale Daily News outlines the surge in early applications for admission to Yale's next incoming class. More than 4,800 early applications have arrived at the school's admissions office, 36 percent more than last year, for a slot in the class of 2012.

David Petersam, president of AdmissionsConsultants, Inc., said in the article that the increase in applications is likely a result of Harvard and Princeton universities canceling early admissions programs, leaving Ivy-League aspirants with fewer chances to gain admission to one of their targeted schools.

Yale offers a single-choice early action option for students that is non-binding, as Harvard did until this year. Princeton formerly offered a binding early decision option.

As noted in the article:

The increase in early applications to Yale may be partially explained by an influx of would-be applicants to Harvard and Princeton, said David Petersam, president of the Virginia-based AdmissionsConsultants Inc., which guides about 1,000 high-school students through the college-admissions process each year.

Most students who look at Harvard or Princeton also consider Yale, Petersam said. Many of his students are determined to apply somewhere early, so Yale’s non-binding early action program is an attractive option, Petersam said.

"Since they really can’t apply to Harvard or Princeton yet, they’re definitely a little more likely to apply to Yale early," he said.

Yale will notify early applicants of its decisions sometime on or after Dec. 14.

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