Yale Continues to Increase Undergraduate Enrollment, Offers Admission to 2,304 Students

Total undergraduate enrollment at Yale has increased by 15% since 2017.
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  • Yale offered admission to 2,304 students for the class of 2024.
  • Undergraduate enrollment has increased since 2017.
  • Admitted students have until May 1 to accept admission.

Yale College — the undergraduate branch of Yale University — offered admission to 2,304 students for the class of 2024, a slight increase from last year, following the institution's plans to expand the undergraduate population.

In 2017, Yale opened Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin colleges to expand the undergraduate population and admit upwards of 200 additional students every admissions cycle, bringing total undergraduate enrollment from 5,400 to 6,200 in 2023.

The newest admits will bring total undergraduate enrollment to 6,250 — an increase of 15% since 2017, according to a press release from the university.

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept or decline their admission offer.

"Offering a Yale education to more talented and promising students has been a highlight of my work and, in this case, will complete the university's vision for a larger and stronger Yale College that has been more than a decade in the making," Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, said in the release.

"The world has never been more in need of intelligent, strong, committed, energetic, and visionary young people, and I am delighted so many of those young people decided to apply to Yale College."

According to Yale, the newest admissions cohort includes 796 applicants through the Early Action program, 87 applicants through the QuestBridge National College Match program, and 200 QuestBridge finalists.

Additionally, incoming and returning students will be eligible for Yale's "a zero parent share" financial aid offer, which does not require parents who make less than $75,000 in annual income to contribute to their student's education. This includes tuition, room and board, books, and personal expenses.

The offer also includes the cost of hospitalization insurance and a $2,000 stipend for the student's first year.

Previously, Yale did not require parents to contribute if they made less than $65,000. However, that was adjusted to $75,000 in 2020 to increase the number of eligible families.

"More than ever before, we are welcoming excellent students from every walk of life and ensuring that they have opportunities to thrive once they are on campus," Yale University President Peter Salovey said in an October 2019 release announcing the changes. "… We underscore our commitment to educating the most promising students, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, who will make great contributions to our nation and to the world."