Yield protection (commonly referred to as Tufts syndrome) is an admissions practice where a university or academic institution rejects or wait-lists highly qualified students on the grounds that such students are bound to be accepted by more prestigious universities or programs. Colleges have a vested interest in their U.S. News World Report (USNWR) rankings (their ranking determines public exposure, which in turn has a high influence on application numbers and prestige), and USNWR rankings reward colleges for higher yield rates.
However, an alternate view holds that yield protection is a myth propagated by college students who failed to gain admission to elite universities; this view proposes that weak or negative subjective factors in an application may contribute to a rejection in spite of the applicant's strong qualifications. This view thus posits that "yield-protected" applicants simply did not demonstrate enough fit.
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- What Is "Yield" in the College Admissions Process?