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Sept. 23 Convocation marks opening of Dartmouth's 234th year

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/23/03 • Contact Tamara Steinert (603) 646-3661


Susan Dentzer '77

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Dartmouth will begin its 234th year with convocation ceremonies at 11 a.m. at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H. Susan Dentzer, correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, member of the Class of 1977, and currently chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, will deliver remarks. President James Wright will deliver the main address and Janos D. Marton, a member of the Class of 2004 and Student Body President, will also speak.

Convocation serves as the official opening of the academic year as well as a welcoming ceremony for first-year undergraduates. There will be approximately 1,080 new members of the Class of 2007 among the 3,780 students attending classes on campus this fall. Another 550 Dartmouth students are spending the term away from Hanover on leave or attending off-campus programs.

An exceptionally diverse class - fully one third are students of color and another six percent are 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 Dartmouth 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.

Highlighted during convocation will be the dedication of a new, environmentally sustainable residence hall room. This room demonstrates new technologies-including energy star appliances-and sustainable living strategies that allow students to save energy and preserve natural resources while attending college. Two Dartmouth Class of 2006 students, Anne Raymond and Vicki Allen, will hold an "open house" immediately following the dedication. The event begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, in front of Lord Hall. Those interested in attending should contact Dartmouth conferences and special events at (603) 646-1746.

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Convocation speeches help open Dartmouth's 234th year

Note to reporters and editors: Those interested in covering convocation ceremonies should contact the office of public affairs for additional information. Phone: (603) 646-3661.

- By Tamara Steinert

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