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Incoming: A short profile of Dartmouth's new students

Posted 09/15/00

Each year's entering students bring an element of originality to Dartmouth - whether they're new undergraduates, Arts and Sciences graduate students or first-year professional school students. Each of those groups also has distinctive traits.

The undergraduate Class of 2004 could be nicknamed The Class of Leaders. Approximately 44 percent of the first-year students are involved in community service, and a third are captains of their sports teams. A third of them are valedictorians or salutatorians, and a whopping 86.1 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. More than 10,000 high school seniors applied for the approximately 1,000 places in the class. The sciences are the discipline of choice for 44 percent of the class, while 17 percent plan to pursue the humanities and 27 percent social sciences. The remaining students plan to study an interdisciplinary program or are undecided.

At Dartmouth Medical School a diversity of experience marks the incoming class, which includes alumni of the Peace Corps and Teach for America, missionary volunteers in Asia and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. One class member was a combat soldier and parachutist in the Israeli defense forces; another danced professionally with a New York dance troupe; yet another won first prize for poetry in an English literary contest. Also, the eldest member of the class was already in high school when the youngest was born.

Approximately 50 engineers are part of the incoming class at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. This year's class includes students from India, China, Romania and the United States.

With an average age of 28, it's not surprising that every single student in the new class at the Tuck School of Business has had full-time work experience. In a reflection of today's technology-driven world, more than a quarter of the students have undergraduate degrees in technical fields.

Eighty-nine students with undergraduate degrees from 73 different colleges will enter Dartmouth's Arts and Sciences graduate programs in September. While the largest single group of them is studying biochemistry, there are also people pursuing music, physics and astronomy, mathematics, comparative literature and computer science, among other disciplines.

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