What goes up must come down. Yale, which saw its largest ever Single-Choice Early Action applicant pool in 2020, experienced a noteworthy decline in Early Action apps this fall.
The New Haven, Connecticut Ivy received 7,288 Single-Choice Early Action applications during the Fall 2021 admissions cycle, which is down nine percent compared to last year when Yale had 7,939 apply using the university’s Single-Choice Early Action plan. The 651 fewer applications this year indicates that the fanfare surrounding Yale’s decision to go test-optional may be wearing off.
As a result, Yale’s EA acceptance rate increased slightly from 10.5% in 2020 to 11% in 2021.
Meanwhile, this year (2021) 31% of students who applied through early action were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 57% were denied admission, and 1% of applications were withdrawn or incomplete. Last year (2020) 50% of students who applied through early action were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 38% were denied admission, and 1% of applications were withdrawn or incomplete.
Newly minted accepted Yale students have until May 2, 2022 to reply to their offer of admission. Traditionally, the vast majority of those accepted go on to matriculate.