The percentage of girls turning down Radcliffe admissions offers increased sharply this year, and many of those who turned down the 'Cliffe are probably headed for Yale, according to David K. Smith '58, Radcliffe dean of Admissions.
In past years, between 85 and 90 per cent of the girls accepted here have come, while this year, the figure will probably be somewhere between 75 and 80 per cent. The decline represents about 30 girls. The Harvard yield (the number of students who accept) will probably be no more than one per cent away from the normal 85 per cent.
In anticipation of the fact that Yale might attract many girls away from the 'Cliffe, the admissions office admitted 382 girls, about 30 more than last year. Harvard also accepted slightly more students than usual, anticipating that females at Yale might make it more attractive than previously for male students.
In past years, the number of girls turning down Radcliffe has been small, and no one school attracted a large portion of those girls. Now, Smith said, "There's no question but that Yale is our biggest competitor."
The Yale admissions office reported yesterday that 85 per cent of the girls they have heard from have decided to attend. According to the Yale Daily News, most of the girls who have turned down Yale indicated that they plan to go to Radcliffe.
Smith said that he felt the University Hall sit-in and subsequent events might also have had a small negative effect on the Radcliffe yield. Robert E. Kaufmann '62, director of Harvard Admissions, said that recent events seem to have had no effect on the yield at Harvard.