Selected from the largest applicant pool in Dartmouth's history, the 1,116 students in the Class of 2011 are exceptional scholars who come from a wide range of cultural, economic, and geographic backgrounds. Nine percent are international students, the most ever for Dartmouth, and 33 percent are students of color. Fourteen percent are the first in their family to attend college. Members of the Class of 2011 speak 40 languages, ranging from Albanian to Vietnamese.
"The Class of 2011 reflects Dartmouth's commitment to recruiting and admitting outstanding students with diverse experiences and viewpoints," says Maria Laskaris '84, dean of admissions and financial aid. About half of the students in the class received scholarships, with the average award climbing to over $30,000 from just under $29,000 the previous year. In total, the Class of 2011 is receiving over $16 million in scholarship assistance from Dartmouth. Fifteen percent are recipients of Federal Pell Grants, which are awarded to the students with the most financial need.
Twenty-nine percent of the members of the Class of 2011 were valedictorians of their high school class, and another 10 percent were salutatorians. Ninety-one percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their class, the highest percentage in the last five years. Incoming students indicated they will likely major in the following: sciences, 42 percent; social sciences, 32 percent; humanities, 14 percent.
A total of 2,166 students were admitted from an applicant pool of 14,176, making it Dartmouth's most selective year ever. Though fewer students were admitted than in the past four years, the Class of 2011 is slightly larger than those classes due to a strong yield (the number of accepted students who enroll).
Laskaris says that international programs and the potential for interdisciplinary study ranked high on the list of reasons why students chose Dartmouth. "Many of them expressed an interest in the global connectedness of such issues as health, the environment, and human rights," she says. "They want to study abroad and take advantage of the opportunities available through the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson Rockefeller Center, and the Tucker Foundation, to name a few. These students are incredibly intelligent, talented, and energetic, and they want to influence the world."
By STEVEN J. SMITH
Questions or comments about this article? We welcome your feedback.
Last Updated: 5/30/08