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Im curious about what's pushing the acceptance rate lower at yale since the alumni base is rather young and there hasn't been anything particularly special in the new? any ideas

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My opinion...which is pure speculation...is that Yale is a top 10 program with a strong undergrad brand name...this leads to a lot of people applying without actually getting to know the program.

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Im curious about what's pushing the acceptance rate lower at yale since the alumni base is rather young and there hasn't been anything particularly special in the new? any ideas


Are acceptance rates going down? Over what period?


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Compared to last 2-3 years. I spoke to a few alumni that told me about how difficult it was to find jobs after SOM. They also mentioned that their young alumni base made it hard to get help

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Is it possible that people are just slow to update the live tracker if it is positive news? That could skew the numbers one way. I am curious to see what it looks like at the end of December.

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Compared to last 2-3 years. I spoke to a few alumni that told me about how difficult it was to find jobs after SOM. They also mentioned that their young alumni base made it hard to get help


Yale has traditionally placed well in banking due to its proximity to New York, so perhaps the continued improvements in consulting placement is among the key drivers. About a quarter to a third of the interns at McKinsey San Francisco, one of the most coveted & competitive offices, were from Yale SOM.

While tech recruiting is nascent at Yale, it's starting to improve right in front of my eyes. For example, while we are a target school at Apple, they typically only hire SOMers into the global supply chain role & they didn't visit our campus. This year, Apple has expanded the range of roles they're hiring to 5-6 & came to SOM for interviews. Moreover, as far as I know, people had to actually write cover letters and apply with their resume to be considered last year - many of my classmates who are interviewing this year didn't even apply. They were contacted because Apple combed through our resume database and liked what they saw.

I think you might have a point about the alumni support and infrastructure, but that's definitely changing at the moment.

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Compared to last 2-3 years. I spoke to a few alumni that told me about how difficult it was to find jobs after SOM. They also mentioned that their young alumni base made it hard to get help


Yale has traditionally placed well in banking due to its proximity to New York, so perhaps the continued improvements in consulting placement is among the key drivers. About a quarter to a third of the interns at McKinsey San Francisco, one of the most coveted & competitive offices, were from Yale SOM.

While tech recruiting is nascent at Yale, it's starting to improve right in front of my eyes. For example, while we are a target school at Apple, they typically only hire SOMers into the global supply chain role & they didn't visit our campus. This year, Apple has expanded the range of roles they're hiring to 5-6 & came to SOM for interviews. Moreover, as far as I know, people had to actually write cover letters and apply with their resume to be considered last year - many of my classmates who are interviewing this year didn't even apply. They were contacted because Apple combed through our resume database and liked what they saw.

I think you might have a point about the alumni support and infrastructure, but that's definitely changing at the moment.


Thanks Wilch! How are you finding the career support at SOM? Anecdotally I've heard from some international students that given the US climate this year it was rather difficult to get internships this past summer

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Thanks Wilch! How are you finding the career support at SOM? Anecdotally I've heard from some international students that given the US climate this year it was rather difficult to get internships this past summer


The career support is strong with consulting, banking, and select tech firms. Tech can definitely be improved, and it's improving. Always hard to do when the school is on the east coast, doesn't have a massive class, and doesn't have strong CS/engineering undergrad & graduate programs.

On the massive class point - better ROI for recruiters, come once and sweep up 7-8 hires from a pool of 100-200 interested applicants from a massive school like Wharton or Columbia rather than going to a small school like Yale and maybe pick up 1-2 hires instead.

On the CS/engineering tidbit, firms can simply have 1-2 MBA recruiters tag along to CMU and MIT when they go there to hire software engineers & developers.

With that said, Yale SOM is definitely investing resources into the career development office and we're seeing improvements already.

International students from all schools are facing an uphill battle this year because of the "climate".

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