Enrollment projections for fall 2020 (July 27, 2020)

[Summary: This message provides estimates of the number of Yale College students expected to enroll in fall 2020. Data is based on a survey completed by undergraduate students.]

Dear chairs, DUSs, and DGSs,

To help you with your planning for the coming semester, we would like to give you enrollment projections based on a survey that asked students if in the fall they would be enrolling in residence, enrolling remotely, taking a leave of absence or, in the case of first-year students, deferring their matriculation. You are welcome to share this message with the faculty in your department.

We estimate that about 20% will be taking a leave of absence; 25% will enroll remotely; and 55% will study in residence from New Haven, living either on campus in college housing, or in nearby off-campus apartments (juniors and seniors only). With approximately 80% of the student body projected to be enrolled in the fall, we expect a breakdown of about 1,300 students in each of the first-year, junior, and senior classes, and around 1,100 students in the sophomore class. Keep in mind that first-year students and sophomores will alternate semesters of living on campus, with the first-years on campus in the fall and sophomores in the spring. It is too early to make broader enrollment projections for the spring term, and even these fall term numbers may change.

Students enrolled in residence have been invited to be part of the residential community and have accepted that invitation. They will have access to campus and, to ensure everyone’s safety, they will participate in a community compact, which includes frequent viral testing. Students enrolled in residence fall into these categories:

  • First-year students in the fall living on campus;
  • Sophomores in the spring living on campus;
  • Juniors and seniors living on campus;
  • Juniors and seniors living off campus but in the neighborhoods adjacent to it or within commuting distance and who expect to interact with the residential community;
  • Other students with special permission to live on campus.

Students enrolled remotely will not be part of the residential community. They will not have access to campus (with the exception of the health center), they will not be eligible for routine testing, and they are asked to avoid interacting with the residential community for reasons of public health. Students enrolled remotely fall into these categories:

  • Eligible members of the enrolled-in-residence cohort, above, who decline the invitation to be part of the residential community, regardless of their residential location;
  • Enrolled first-year students in the spring, regardless of their residential location, unless they have received special permission to live on campus for the spring semester;
  • Enrolled sophomores in the fall, regardless of their residential location, unless they have received special permission to live on campus for the fall semester.
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who take a leave of absence and first-year students who defer their matriculation are not considered enrolled. Like students enrolled remotely, they will not have access to campus and will not be participating in the community compact, but in addition they will not be taking classes.

We hope this information will be useful for your planning.


Marvin Chun
Dean of Yale College

Tamar Gendler
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences