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Dartmouth attracts largest applicant pool ever, admits lowest-ever percentage

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/06/07
Rebecca Bailey • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth College received its largest-ever number of applications for the class entering the college fall of 2007, and accepted its lowest-ever percentage of applicants.

A total of 14,176 applications were received for the Class of 2011—two percent more than the number received for the Class of 2010 and 20 percent more than the number of applicants for this year's graduating class. For the first time, women outnumbered men in the applicant pool, with a total of 7,131 women, or 50.4 percent of the applicant pool. Applications from women have increased by 31 percent over the past four years.

Of that pool, only 2,165 students—15 percent of the total applicants—were admitted, the lowest acceptance rate in Dartmouth history. Approximately half are expected to matriculate, which would result in a class size of about 1,080.

The admitted group sets a number of other Dartmouth records:

  • Student of color make up 41 percent of the admitted group, the highest percentage in Dartmouth history. Of those 886 students, 210 are African American, 385 are Asian American, 189 are Latino, 77 are Native American, and 25 are multi-racial.
  • International students make up 9 percent of the group, the highest ever in Dartmouth history. The 191 students represent 72 countries.

As in the past, the admitted group sets a high standard in prior academic achievement, with 94.4 percent coming from the top 10 percent of their secondary school classes, including 37.2 percent who were valedictorians and 11 percent who were salutatorians. The mean of their SAT scores are 723 for Verbal/CR, 726 for Mathematics, and 718 for Writing.

Administrators anticipate that about half of those who enroll will receive scholarship assistance, for a total of $15.2 million, an amount that reflects the admitted students' great socio-economic diversity, said Karl Furstenberg, Dartmouth dean of admissions and financial aid. A full 15 percent of the admitted group, or 335 students, will be the first in their families to attend college.

"This is a wonderfully talented and interesting group of students who will contribute to Dartmouth and the world beyond," said Furstenberg.

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