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Northeastern and yield protection

Hi everyone, I've heard a lot about yield protection and I was wondering if Northeastern employs this practice during admissions. Any insight or experiences with this? Thanks!

7 months ago

Hi there! Yield protection is when a college might reject or waitlist applicants who have strong profiles because they believe those applicants are likely to attend other higher-ranked institutions. This practice helps colleges maintain a higher yield rate - the percentage of accepted applicants who end up enrolling in the institution.

While it's difficult to confirm whether any specific college, including Northeastern, definitively employs yield protection, there are a few things you can do to help ensure your application is taken seriously. This includes demonstrating your genuine interest in and commitment to the university. Here are a few ways to do that:

1. Visit the campus (if possible): Attending information sessions and campus tours show that you're investing time and effort in exploring the school.

2. Attend virtual events: If you can't visit in person, attend virtual events organized by the school. This can include webinars, virtual tours, and online information sessions.

3. Engage with the admissions office: Asking thoughtful questions and showing that you've done research about the university helps demonstrate your genuine interest.

4. Apply Early Decision (ED): If Northeastern is your top-choice school, applying ED can be a strong signal of your commitment since it's a binding agreement to attend if accepted.

5. Tailor your application to the school: In your essays, be specific in addressing why you're interested in Northeastern and how you see yourself contributing to their community.

Realistically, as an applicant, you can't control the more nebulous admission practices like yield protection. What you can control is giving your best effort and submitting a strong, personalized application that highlights your strengths and fit within the community. Good luck!

7 months ago

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