For the Class of 2017, Yale received a total 4,514 early applications.
The number is a slight increase from last year’s count of 4,323 early applications, though it is lower than the 5,257 applications received in 2010 — before Harvard and Princeton reinstated their early action programs. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel said in an email that he expects to admit somewhere between 650 and 750 applicants in the early process.
“Once again, we are seeing an extraordinary range and diversity among the most accomplished students in the world seeking to do their undergraduate work at Yale,” he said.
The Nov. 1 Early Action deadline was pushed back multiple times this year in light of power outages and other inconveniences caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Dartmouth, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania received 1,526, 2,957, and 4,780 early applications, respectively. Cornell, Columbia, Princeton and Harvard have not released their early application numbers at this time.
Also, Philo in your math don't forget to calculate in athletes, who make up ~150 of the slots. Therefore, the true acceptances are around 500-650.
EDIT: Ninjaed by gibby, as per usual.
EDITofEDIT: I don't quite agree gibby, as I don't think you can consider legacies, URMS, and Questbridge in the same category as athletes. Athletes are in. These groups are not. As a legacy, I wish your analysis was the case, but who knows.
You first have to exclude Yale's athletic recruits (about 177, based upon the above article), all of whom apply early.
Then, you have to exclude URM's, legacy's, developmental cases and Questbridge applicants, which probably equals the same number. So, let's see: that's 177 x-2 = 354 - 700 (assumed acceptances) = 346 (available SCEA slots).
So, doing the math (and correct me if I'm wrong): Excluding the calculated recruited athletes, URM's, legacy's, developmental cases and Questbridge applicants from the overall total, you get 4,160 students. (4514 - 354 = 4160.)
346 (available slots) divided by 4160 (non-hooked applicants) times 100 = 8.31% acceptance rate. That's what my antiquated math tells me. Any naysayers?
In no way was I saying athletes are "fake" acceptances. They are held to a high standard, especially at Yale. I'm just saying that in the 650-750 number, there are already 177 slots filled. Therefore, the amount of available spots are fewer. That's all.
Here's what I have so far, some of it stretches things, but it's something.
I'm betting Gibby's second number is higher than he's asserted — doing educatedish guesses for african americans and native americans alone takes up 121 of those 177 spots.
Early admissions is a time for top colleges to gobble up as many hooks as they can. So that might mean that a disproportionate amount of each hook are admitted early. When it comes to URMs, though, this might be countervailed by the relative scarcity of URMs who apply to Yale early compared to other groups.
Yale's percentage of African Americans hovers around 8.7% — for a class of 1355 students — thus about 118 African Americans. Yale's yield rate for the class of 2016 was about 68.6 percent. This would mean that around 1.46 times as many blacks were accepted (if their yield rate to top colleges is like that of the general population) — around 172.28. The yield rate in SCEA should have been much higher than the yield rate, regular round.
From this I'd bet that at least 100 of Yale's early admissions will be given to African Americans, if not more.
The truth of this assessment depends on the fuzzy truth of my assumptions about black admittee yield and early round bias for URMs.
At harvard in 2012, African Americans constituted about 9% of the 4245 early applying pool. Since they are similar schools with similar admissions and finaid policies, I'll shamelessly extrapolate. That's about 382 applicants. (26.1% acceptance rate at Yale!!) Unless, you know, Harvard attracts all the top early-applying black applicants (possible, a man can dream, etc.)
For all URMs (Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans), there about 819 of Harvard early applicants of these groups (19.3% of the pool).
Native Americans should have close to a 50% acceptance rate at Harvard, especially in the early admit rounds (since they constitute slightly over 1 % of the class and only slightly over 1% apply early) — that takes away around 21 more seats.