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
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
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.