If you’ve recently been admitted to a college or university (congratulations, by the way!), you may have started receiving invitations to regional admitted student receptions. If you’re wondering what these are, or whether or not you should attend, you’re not alone.
First, it’s important to understand why colleges offer these types of events. Admitted student receptions are often referred to in the back rooms of admission offices as yield events. Remember: a school’s yield rate is the percentage of students who choose to attend an institution in comparison to the number of students who were admitted. The higher an institution’s yield rate, the better; this means that a school can admit less students overall, knowing that a large percentage of students will take them up on their offer, thus decreasing their admit rate and moving them up rankings lists.