Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Mark Stater


The yield rate of a college, which is the percentage of admitted students who enroll, is an important statistic because it ultimately impacts the selectivity of the college and the uncertainty in a school’s financial aid budget. This thesis uses admitted student surveys from 1993-2011 to investigate how Trinity’s yield is affected by a variety of different student factors and preference for the student body as a whole and for subgroups of the student population. The study uses regression analysis to examine how an admitted student’s decision to attend is affected by socioeconomic background, sex, race, the receipt of financial aid awards, and the importance the student places on housing quality, extracurricular activities, and course variety. The results suggest ways that a selective liberal arts institution such as Trinity can target its recruiting and admissions strategies in order to increase its yield rate.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Included in

Econometrics Commons