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Freshman admissions 'yield rate' holds steady at 56 percent

STANFORD -- Preliminary figures indicate Stanford's "yield rate" - the percentage of prospective freshmen accepting admission offers - is holding steady at about 56 percent, among the highest in the nation.

The office of the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions reported June 8 that of the 2,913 applicants offered a place in Stanford's 102nd class, 1,625 had accepted.

Approximately 1,580 of the freshmen are expected to enroll this September. At least 25 admitted students asked to defer their enrollment one year. Reasons include the opportunity to travel overseas, the desire or need to work for a year before beginning a Stanford education, or special family circumstance.

The figures are subject to change over the summer. Final numbers will be made available in late September

In 1991, 2,715 students were offered admission and 1,526 accepted - a "yield rate" of just over 56 percent.

A total of 13,207 prospective freshmen submitted completed applications for admission to Stanford this fall.

A large number of Stanford's prospective freshmen are offered admission at one or more of the nation's top universities. Traditionally, many of those offered admission at Stanford enroll at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

If the final numbers are consistent, the Class of 1996 will be the most ethnically diverse in Stanford's history and will have the largest proportion of women ever (48.5 percent).

Asian Americans make up 24.0 percent of the incoming class, the same as in 1991.

Increases were seen in Mexican American (up from 9.8 percent last year to 11.0 percent for fall), African American (up from 7.7 percent to 8.4 percent) and American Indian students (up from 1.2 percent to 1.8 percent).

The ethnic percentages are consistent with those from the initial pool of 2,855 candidates offered admission on March 31.

International students make up 4.5 percent of those who accepted admission for fall 1992.



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