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What is a Good Yield Rate for Colleges & How are the Best Improving it?

College yield rates in North America vary incredibly widely, but it is one of (if not the most) important metrics for admissions and recruitment teams to track.

Admissions yield rate – the percentage of admitted students who go on to enroll in a school – is often held up as a sign of a school’s attractiveness and reputation. If high, it can indicate students are keen to join the school once they receive an offer. On the other hand, a low admissions yield rate can suggest that the school may not be so attractive.

In this blog, we will reveal college yield rates across North America and ask the all-important question – what is a good yield rate for colleges? We will also explore how schools are improving admissions yield rates as competition toughens. But before we begin, let’s understand why university and college yield rates are so important to the success of any higher education institution.

How are schools increasing yield?

How are schools increasing yield?

Discover how Thompson Rivers University, Queen’s University, and Cambrian College have increased admissions yield rate with Comm100.

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Why is admissions yield rate so important for colleges & universities?

If you work in admissions or recruitment, you’ll no doubt be talking about your yield rate all-day long. However, it’s good to remind yourself just why yield rate is so important for your school before we dig into the question of what a good yield rate for colleges and universities is.

– Financial stability 

Yield rate impacts the financial stability of an institution because a higher yield rate shows that a greater proportion of admitted students are enrolling, which translates into a more stable and predictable revenue stream from the associated tuition and fees.

– Reputation & selectivity 

High college yield rates more often than not indicate an institution’s prestige and attractiveness. Schools with a high yield rate are perceived as desirable and competitive, enhancing their reputation. This can then help them attract more qualified applicants in the future.

– Rankings 

College and university rankings are calculated by a host of factors, one of which is yield rate. A high university yield rate, for example, can suggest high desirability and competition, which in turn can improve a school’s standing in national and international rankings.

– Financial aid & scholarships 

Yield rates can affect the level of financial aid that a school has to offer to attract students. When a school has a low yield rate, the institution may be forced to provide more competitive financial support to encourage admitted students to accept offers of admissions.  

What is a good yield rate for colleges? 

Yield rate differs widely between schools, sectors, regions, and even programs – so it can be difficult to determine what a good yield rate for a college is, and for a university. Yield rates can range from less than 10% and all the way up to over 90%. The latter is typically attributed to highly selective and prestigious schools such as Ivy League schools and other highly ranked institutions which have low acceptance rates and high yield rates.

In NACAC’s most recent State of College Admission report, the average yield rate in the U.S. for first-time freshmen was just 33.6%.  

To help you understand what a good yield rate for your college is, here are  so you can get an idea of the latest college yield rate and university yield rate across the U.S.


Admissions Yield Rate

Admit Rate 

American University 


Amherst College 



Babson College 


Barnard College 


Bates College 


Boston College 


Bowdoin College 



Brown University 

Bucknell University 


Carleton College 


Carnegie Mellon University 


Colgate University 


Colorado College 

Columbia University 


Dartmouth College 


Davidson College 

Duke University 

Emory University – Emory Campus 


Georgia Tech 

Grinnell College 


Hamilton College 

Harvard University 

Haverford College 



Johns Hopkins University 



Lehigh University 


Middlebury College 



New York University 



Notre Dame 


Olin College of Engineering 


Pitzer College 


Pomona College 



Princeton University 


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 



Rice University 

Swarthmore College 


Trinity College 


Tufts University 


Tulane University 



University of Chicago 


University of Georgia 

University of Pennsylvania 


University of Richmond 


University of Southern California 


University of Texas – Austin 


University of Virginia 

Wake Forest University 

Washington and Lee University 


Washington University in St. Louis 


Wellesley College 


Wesleyan University 


William & Mary 


Williams College 



Yale University 



How can you increase college yield rate & university yield rate?

A host of factors come into play to determine admission yield rates. In some cases, these factors are outside of Admission’s control, such as location, programs and affordability. However, there are many strategies that you can deploy to improve yield rate at your school. Here are a few of the top ways that colleges and universities are improving yield rates to ensure a strong incoming class each year.

1. Cultivate relationships 

To help encourage more students to enroll, you need to cultivate strong relationships with admitted students. Holding engaging campus tours, information sessions, and overnight stays for and are all great ways to connect with admitted students and give them a first-hand experience of campus life. 

You could also assign admissions counselors or faculty members as personal points of contact for admitted students. These staff members can then be responsible for ongoing communication to answer questions, provide guidance, and demonstrate the school’s commitment to supporting their academic and personal success. This is easy to set up with Comm100 Live Chat’s routing features. Each time the same student reaches out on live chat, the conversation can be automatically directed to a specific agent. 

2. Provide convenient, always-on support 

To most colleges with limited budgets, the idea of providing 24/7 support is completely unfeasible. However, with a chatbot, it becomes totally achievable. 

An AI chatbot such as Comm100’s can be set up to provide students with instant, around-the-clock support whenever they have a question. With the latest in generative AI, this bot can resolve up to 80% of all queries without any human support. If and when human support is needed, the student can simply enter their email address and message to be replied to when the team is back online. This immediately gives schools more opportunities to stay connected with students and discourages ‘summer melt’. 

Chatbots aren’t just for out of hours support though. When used during office hours, chatbots dramatically reduce the support volume for agents. As a result, these agents have more time to handle less questions, allowing them to put more care and attention into each conversation to make admitted students feel even more valued. 

3. Deliver personalized communication 

It’s vital that you treat every student as an individual, and the best way to do this is with personalized support. With Comm100’s higher education messaging platform, integral data systems like CRMs can be integrated with every communication channel. By doing so, agents have a wealth of information about every student they speak to, empowering them to provide personalized and helpful support. 

Comm100 Live Chat also offers a range of tools that help foster personalized communication. As the name suggests, Auto Chat Translation automatically translates the student’s text and back again so they can feel comfortable speaking in their mother tongue. Agents can also use voice and video chat embedded with Comm100 Live Chat to develop stronger connections with students. 

Wrap up 

If you’d like to learn more about how Comm100 can help your Admissions team increase yield rate by attracting and enrolling the best students, learn more here

How are schools increasing yield?

How are schools increasing yield?

Discover how Thompson Rivers University, Queen’s University, and Cambrian College have increased admissions yield rate with Comm100.

Find out more
Kate Rogerson

About Kate Rogerson

Kate is the Content Marketing Manager at Comm100. She has extensive experience in content creation for technology companies across the world, including the UK, Australia and Canada. She specializes in B2B messaging, branding and soccer trivia.