Yield protection

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Tufts University, where the term Tufts syndrome derives its name from, has been most often accused of yield protection.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] This view thus posits that "yield-protected" applicants simply did not demonstrate enough fit.

Yield rate refers to the proportion of students who matriculate (i.e. accept an admissions offer and attend the college) after acceptance to a college.[4]

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  1. ^ Pak, Jilliann (2015-05-01). "Admissions fact or fiction: yield protection (aka tufts syndrome)". The Prospect. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  2. ^ "Beware the Tufts Syndrome". College Confidential. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  3. ^ Zearfoss, Sarah (2010-03-01). "Yield Protection: myth or reality? Or a little of both?". University of Michigan Law School. University of Michigan. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  4. ^ What Is "Yield" in the College Admissions Process?