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Dartmouth reports 9 percent increase in admissions applications

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/23/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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

With applications for its Class of 2013 now tallied, Dartmouth has experienced yet another record-breaking year, with 18,007 applications, a nearly 9 percent increase from last year’s record 16,538, according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris. Early decision applications were also up 9 percent over last year.

Dartmouth has already accepted 401 students into the Class of 2013 through the early decision admissions program, and expects to admit about 1,800 students through the regular decision program. Approximately 1,095 of those admitted are expected to matriculate in Sept. 2009.

“Our admissions staff will have their work cut out for them over the next six to eight weeks reading and studying all of this material, and then we’ll have some difficult choices to make,” said Laskaris.

With the continued growth in its applicant pool, Dartmouth expects its acceptance rate to be between 11-12 percent, the lowest in the College’s history. Students will be notified of admissions decisions in late March.

Laskaris credits the rise in applications to the strength of Dartmouth’s financial aid program and a comprehensive recruitment process that highlighted Dartmouth’s exceptional and diverse community. This year’s applicant pool is notable for the continued growth in diversity, with applications from women, students of color, and international students all at record levels.

Laskaris also expects the number and amount of financial aid requests to increase. The deadline for Dartmouth financial aid applications is Feb. 1, and preliminary data suggest more prospective students intend to file a financial aid application this year.

“The economic situation we are currently experiencing will probably mean that more students and their families need more financial aid this year,” says Laskaris.

Dartmouth strengthened its financial aid package in January 2008, offering free tuition for students who come from families with annual incomes below $75,000. Dartmouth has a need-blind admissions policy, accepting qualified students, both domestic and international, regardless of ability to pay. Once admitted, the College meets 100 percent of the student’s demonstrated need for all four years through a combination of grants and scholarships.

Dartmouth was recently recognized as a “best value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Princeton Review, and Smart Money magazine. Dartmouth ranked 7th on Kiplinger’s list of 50 best value private universities, and Princeton Review named Dartmouth as one of 50 best value private colleges (no ranking order). Smart Money, in their “Colleges that Pay Off” series studying the relationship between tuition costs and earning potential, ranked Dartmouth second among the Ivies (Princeton was first).

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