Yale admitted 885 students to the Class of 2012 in the early action round that has candidates submitting applications by November 1 and decisions made by mid-December. With Harvard and Princeton bowing out of the early admissions picture this year, Yale’s early pool swelled to 4,888 applications, an increase of 36% over last year’s early pool. By all accounts, early pools contain the strongest students. As a result, this has been considered by many to be the most difficult time ever to be accepted at Yale. Understandably, many students with Harvard or Princeton as first-choice, who normally would have applied early to those colleges if they had retained their early admission programs, may have chosen to apply to Yale early, since the decision is non-binding. Accepted students do not have to respond until May 1.

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