The Yale Admissions Committee has completed its evaluation of
this year's candidates, and I write with sincere regret to say that
we are not able to offer you a place in the class of 2011.
I realize that this decision may come as a real disappointment. I
also hope that you will understand the decision as a reflection
only of the extraordinary talent represented in our applicant pool,
not a judgment about your own abilities. Of the more than
nineteen thousand individuals who applied to Yale, most are fully
capable of doing successful work and making a unique
contribution to the Yale community. It is painful to us that we must
turn away so many superbly talented students.
You may be tempted to ask what was lacking in your application.
In truth, it is usually difficult for us to point to obvious
weaknesses, when so many applicants have demonstrated real
achievement and potential for the future. Our decisions say far
more about the small number of spaces available and the dif