Students and Academic Life
The quality of the students applying for admission to Dartmouth is excellent, and our students remain among the strongest in the nation. In 2003, we saw a 16 percent increase in undergraduate applications. Two financial aid initiatives, which injected an additional $4 million into the scholarship budget, helped Dartmouth remain accessible to a broad range of students, and enabled us to remain competitive with our peers. Dartmouth remains one of only a small number of schools that has a need-blind admissions program and meets 100 percent of a student's demonstrated need.
Across the nation, early admissions programs have been the subject of national debate. We have carefully assessed our early admissions program and believe it works in the best interest of the College and our students. Dartmouth is a clear first choice for many students, and early decision allows these students to resolve their college process early. We continue to take about one-third of the entering class through early admission, a significantly lower proportion than many of our peers. Those students we admit early meet the same high academic standards as do regular admissions candidates and represent the diversity we value.
Once here, our students excel at a range of programs from the humanities to the sciences. Interdisciplinary study has become an ever more important part of our students' education while the emphasis on international affairs - long a strength of the Dartmouth curriculum - has also increased. Dartmouth continues to provide outstanding off-campus programs around the world. We send many more of our students abroad for off-campus study than do our peer institutions, and in 2003 we inaugurated an Anthropology and Linguistics program to New Zealand. These programs help our students learn about different cultures and people and contribute to a still deeper understanding of their own culture. Student satisfaction with the quality of their academic experience remains high in comparison with peer institutions.
One indication of the vibrancy of the undergraduate academic experience is the number of new undergraduate journals we have seen. These include The Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, Main Street, The Undergraduate Journal of Law, The Dartmouth History and Classics Journal, The Dartmouth Contemporary, and Policy Perspectives Quarterly. In recent years an increasing number of students have won prestigious post-graduate awards including Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman fellowships.