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We encourage you explore our admissions site and to bookmark this page for updates specifically offered for counselors about Dartmouth and our admissions activities. As we launch into the admissions cycle, here are some updates that may help you in your work with your students and our office in the coming months.
A Note from Dean Maria Laskaris
Greetings from Hanover! As my colleagues and I are finalizing Dartmouth's Class of 2018, I write to inform you of some important updates regarding this year's applicant pool as well as the Dartmouth community.
First, I would like to thank you for your help in advising applicants for Dartmouth's Class of 2018. This year, 19,235 students submitted applications to Dartmouth. We plan to offer approximately 2,200 students admission, including 469 students who were admitted during Early Decision. With an approximate rate of admission of 11.5 percent, this year's selection process was among the most competitive in Dartmouth's history. Some facts to note:
- This is the most socioeconomically diverse pool in several years, with 70 percent of students applying for financial aid.
- Test scores are at the highest levels ever with a mean SAT of 2086 and ACT of 31.3.
- Nearly 80 percent of the applicants are in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
- This is the most diverse applicant pool in College history, with students of color making up 37 percent of the applicants.
Students will receive an email from our office indicating that they will be able to obtain their admission decision through our secure website on March 27 after 5:00 p.m. EST. We will be in touch with you again at the conclusion of our regular decision selection process to share with you the decisions on candidates from your school as well as a profile of those admitted to Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Inaugurates New President
In September, Dr. Philip J. Hanlon, Dartmouth alumnus, mathematician and former provost of the University of Michigan, was sworn in as Dartmouth's 18th president. Stating that "we are poised to make the largest-ever investment in Dartmouth's academic enterprise over the next decade," President Hanlon announced two initiatives that he said embody the College's "dramatic investment in the future."
He outlined the creation of a Society of Fellows program, which will give emerging postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to "learn the art of teaching from the true masters on our campus, while bringing to Dartmouth their own unique passions and innovation."
He also announced the founding of an Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator at Dartmouth, to challenge students and develop in them "a world-class entrepreneurial competency, delivered by faculty and staff from across the campus as well as Dartmouth alumni around the world." The new center is set to open in April, 2014.
Under President Hanlon's leadership, Dartmouth is also moving to implement additional initiatives that will further enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience ¬ residential life, affordability, and student safety. In brief:
This fall, Dartmouth will offer three new pilot residential programs for the 2014-15 year. Our new "Living Learning Communities" will integrate opportunities for learning, leadership, and service. The pilots, launching in fall 2014, will center around entrepreneurship, global living, as well as several "design-your-own" themed communities for first-year and upper-class students.
The Dartmouth Board of Trustees approved a 2.9 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board for the 2014-15 academic year, representing the lowest percentage increase since 1977. Total tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees next year will increase to $61,947.
Our commitment to affordability through the continuation of Dartmouth's long-standing need-blind undergraduate admission and generous need-based financial aid program remains strong. For FY15, Dartmouth has budgeted $85 million in financial aid, a 5.9 percent increase over the $80 million in awards projected for the current fiscal year. Since 2007, Dartmouth has increased scholarship awards by more than 50 percent.
Other aspects of Dartmouth's commitment to affordability:
- Free tuition and no loans for all four years for undergraduates with annual family income up to $100,000 (possessing typical assets).
- An average scholarship of more than $41,000 per year.
- Modest debt levels for those who take out loans; for the Class of 2013, the average debt upon graduation was under $15,000.
- Approximately 13 percent of students are federal Pell Grant recipients.
- In U.S. News & World Report's 2014 college rankings, Dartmouth placed eighth among national universities for value, based on a school's academic quality and net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.
Dartmouth Prepares to Roll Out Changes to Student Disciplinary Policy
President Hanlon, together with Interim Provost Martin Wybourne, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson and the Deans of the Faculties are requesting comments and suggestions by members of the Dartmouth community on a proposal to comprehensively revise Dartmouth's student disciplinary policy for charges of sexual assault. The new policy reflects the many discussions they have had throughout the community concerning this important subject, and in particular it builds on the work of the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault and the Committee on Student Safety and Accountability.
You will find, in question-and-answer format, a summary of the key features of the proposal here. We believe the proposed policy revision will encourage reporting, expedite the disciplinary process, enhance consistency in sanctioning, and represent a stronger deterrent to sexual assault. We encourage you to review the proposal and reach out to members of Dartmouth's Admissions team if you have any questions.
A Final Thought
As we prepare to finalize decisions on applicants to Dartmouth's Class of 2018, my staff and I are grateful for the contributions that you and your counseling and teaching colleagues make to our selection process. Your letters of recommendation are invaluable to us as we seek to make very nuanced distinctions among a pool of highly accomplished young people.
I hope that you will not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions. My colleagues and I are happy to assist you and your students.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid