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Class of 2007 arrives

Posted 09/19/03, by James Donnelly

Diversity marks highly accomplished first-year class

When fall term begins at Dartmouth on Tuesday, Sept. 23, approximately 1,080 new members of the Class of 2007 will be among the 3,780 students on campus. (Another 550 Dartmouth students are spending the term away from Hanover on leave or attending off-campus programs.) Most of the '07s have already been on campus a week or longer attending Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) Trips and First Year Orientation.

A group standing in front of Robinson Hall preparing to leave for a DOC hiking trip expressed confidence that they'd find their place at Dartmouth.

"It's a beautiful town," said Susan Ivey of Madison, Wis., standing with four other newly-met Dartmouth classmates as they waited for fellow tripees to arrive.

Sharon Man, an '07 from New York City, described herself as "not an outdoorsy type."

"I've never been hiking before," she said. "But I feel like I'm going to make it."

Later, wildly dressed trip leaders cajoled the '07s out of their nervousness into participating in getting-to-know-you activities and dancing the Salty Dog Rag on the Robinson Hall lawn.

An exceptionally diverse class - fully one third are students of color and another 6 percent international students - members of the class of 2007 were drawn from the largest applicant pool in Dartmouth history: 11,855. Only 18 percent of those who applied were offered admission at Dartmouth.

Academically the class is one of the strongest first-year classes to enter any institution in the country, according to the Admissions Office. SAT medians were 710 for verbal and 720 for math. Nearly 24 percent of the expected matriculants were high school valedictorians; nearly 10 percent were salutatorians; and nearly 84 percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their classes. A little more than 62 percent of the class comes from public schools, a little more than 32 percent from private school and more than 5 percent from parochial schools.

Dartmouth makes all its admissions decisions on a need-blind basis. Fully 46 percent of the Class of 2007 will receive scholarship assistance.

The 2007s hail from across the country: 17.4 percent are from New England, 33.3 percent are from the Mid-Atlantic region, 11 percent from the Mid-West, 13.4 percent from the South, 17.5 percent from the West, while 7.3 percent are from outside the United States.

Prior to the opening classes Dartmouth will kick off its academic year with 2003 Convocation ceremonies.

- By James Donnelly

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