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Dartmouth admits 401 students through early decision

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/11/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661 

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Maris Laskaris
Maria Laskaris (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth has accepted 401 students into the Class of 2013 through the early decision admissions program. Students admitted in the early decision program will comprise approximately 35 percent of the class that matriculates in the fall of 2009. A total of 1,550 early decision applications were received, the most ever, an increase of 9 percent over last year. Students were notified via a secure website on December 10.

“I’m pleased by the growing strength and diversity of our early decision applicant pool,” says Maria Laskaris, the dean of admissions and financial aid and a 1984 Dartmouth graduate. “We have worked hard to broaden awareness of Dartmouth’s resources and opportunities, particularly our longstanding commitment to expanding access and ensuring affordability. These efforts are yielding gratifying results. The students admitted during the early process form a strong, diverse, and multi talented base for the Class of 2013.”

About half of the early decision admitted students applied for financial aid, up from 41.8 percent last year. “I think the growth in the percentage of students applying for aid reflects a number of factors,” says Laskaris, “including the increased socioeconomic diversity of the applicants, our generous financial aid initiative, and the current global financial crisis.” To date, the College has awarded over $3 million in scholarship aid to students admitted to the Class of 2013.

Dartmouth’s early decision program is binding, meaning students commit to matriculate if admitted. The deadline for Dartmouth’s regular decision admissions applications is January 1, 2009; these students will be notified of decisions in late March, and, if offered admission, will have until May 1 to reply.

A few statistics about the students admitted through Dartmouth’s early decision program:

  • Women and men comprise 51 percent and 49 percent of the admitted group, respectively.
  • 55 percent come from public high schools, 38 percent from private schools, and 7 percent from parochial schools. In all, 329 secondary schools are represented.
  • 87 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school class (based on the schools that provide data on class rank)
  • Students of color comprise 27 percent of the admitted group.
  • 39 are first generation college students.
  • 21 are international students.
  • The students are from 39 states and 14 countries.

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