Each year 5300 or so people attend Yale College – the 4 year undergraduate part of Yale University.
For the 2007-8 undergraduate class, there were 19,323 applicants – and a huge porportion of them deserve to go to Yale, or a similar institution. However only 10% got offers and 7.1% make it to the first day at Yale. 9% of that the class are international students.
To get in to a place like Yale College, you will have aced pretty much everything in your life, and probably faced a lot of adversity as well. You”ll need to get crazy marks in the SAT’s (glorified IQ tests), but more importantly have ridiculous school transcripts (results) and be amazing at several things -and I mean really setting records playing for the national team amazing. Meanwhile you’ll be doing your bit for politics and the planet.
Now I would never have been accepted at Yale College, but there are plenty of New Zealanders each year that have a shot. In my era we had no idea that going to a great US school was even a vague option, but now these schools are actively reaching out to the rest of the world. They want to be global schools, and great foreign students are in demand.
Yale is going even further. An endowment of $22.5 billion (28% return last year) and operating costs of around $2 billion adds up to being able to at least partially fund 42% of students (the rich ones get nothing), to buy a massive second campus for medical and science research and now to add 2 more residential colleges.
Here’s the (existing) Timothy Dwight College:
Not insubstantial. Two more colleges means 15% more undergraduates – and that could be someone you know. Of course these new colleges only open in 2013, so that someone you know would be about 13 right now.
But you don’t need to wait until then – the thing about Yale and other great schools is that it is easy to apply – go for it.