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Dartmouth Ranks High in Report from The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

In recent years, Dartmouth’s student body has grown increasingly diverse. Today more than 30 percent are students of color, and seven percent are international students. The percentage of African-Americans in Dartmouth’s first-year class was recently recognized as one of the highest (7th) among 29 top-ranked institutions in the nation by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

The 9.4 percentage at Dartmouth, representing 101 students, is higher than at institutions such as Brown, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. Dartmouth’s number compared to other institutions is particularly significant, notes the report, “because the college is located in a rural area of New Hampshire far from any black population center.”

Over the past 17 years, the percentage of African-American first-year students at Dartmouth has increased 53.3 percent—the second highest increase in the Ivy League.

Maria Laskaris, dean of admissions and financial aid and a 1984 graduate of Dartmouth says: “We’re always pleased to be recognized for the increased diversity of Dartmouth’s student body. It’s our goal to recruit some of the world’s best students from a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds. Our work has been enhanced by many members of the Dartmouth community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni.”

Almost half of Dartmouth students receive some form of need-based financial assistance to cover the cost of their education. Thirteen percent are the first in their families to attend college.

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Last Updated: 12/19/08