Yale School of Architecture Gets Huge Rise in Applications, But Robert Stern Still Has to Make Calls, Asking Students to Come

Speaking of the business of buildings, you’ll recall that we learned early last month of the big, big upswing in un- or underemployed architects deciding to forgo looking for a new job in a struggling industry and instead head back to school. Nowhere could that be seen more prevalently than at Robert Stern‘s stomping grounds, the Yale School of Architecture, which took on a massive 23% increase in applications, 989 in total. Unfortunately, the school was only able to take in around 14% of all those who applied, leaving a great many looking for what to try next (things were slightly better at Princeton‘s architecture program, which also saw a big bump in applications, but let more students enroll). Also, even if you get in, you’ll be looking at some hefty tuition bills you might start to reconsider once you learn about the program’s financial aid packages:

“The School of Architecture can’t compare to Yale College in its ability to offer generous financial aid,” Stern said. “We do our very best, but students still graduate with too much debt. Princeton can offer much more aid to students, and so it creates the most havoc for us.”

Part of that havoc ensues immediately after the deadline for enrollment — which was last Wednesday — when the School of Architecture tried to convince some applicants to reconsider their decision to turn down Yale’s offer. Stern himself called recently admitted students, and the School of Architecture declined to release admissions statistics until their negotiations with potential students were finalized.