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Yale SOM alum participation ranks high

NEW HAVEN — The Yale School of Management (SOM) has reported a slight decrease in the overall participation rate in its alumni fund for fiscal year 2012. Nevertheless, the school has maintained high levels of alumni participation over the past decade in comparison to peer institutions.

The SOM’s alumni fund raised roughly $1.5 million during fiscal year 2012, according to the Yale Daily News. More than 44 percent of alumni made donations during the most recent fundraising campaign — down from roughly 49 percent in the 2011 fiscal year.

With in excess of 40 percent of SOM alumni participating in the alumni fund annually over the last decade, the school has the second-highest alumni participation rate among U.S. "">generic schools. Topping the list was Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, where participation exceeded 70 percent last year.

Other U.S. graduate "">generic schools. where alumni participation topped 40 percent included the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

SOM administrators and alumni interviewed by the YDN said alumni keep donating to the school because the small class sizes enable students to forge lasting relationships with one another, as well professors and administrators.

SOM’s current enrollment stands at about 450 students. University administration plans to increase SOM’s student body to some 600 by fiscal year 2017.

The new SOM campus, on Whitney Avenue, ""> scheduled to open next January.

“Alumni giving at SOM is strong first and foremost because the school is a mission-driven organization, so even though the school has gone through changes over the years and will continue to do so, people experience the school in a deep way,” SOM Dean Edward Snyder told the student daily.

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