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Dartmouth sees rise in the number of early decision applications

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/03/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Dartmouth has received more than 1,600 applications for the Class of 2014 through the early decision admissions program. This is up from 1,551 from last year, about a 3 percent increase. The numbers are approximate as the Admissions Office is still processing the applications.

Students admitted in the early decision program will comprise approximately one third of the class that matriculates in the fall of 2010, which is about 400 students. Students will be notified of Dartmouth’s decision via secure website in mid December.

“This looks to be the strongest and largest early decision applicant pool,” said Maria Laskaris, the dean of admissions and financial aid and a 1984 Dartmouth graduate. “The students’ academic credentials are stronger than they’ve ever been.”

Laskaris reports an overall 5 percent increase in applications from students of color, with record numbers of Asian American and Latino students. Dartmouth has also received a record number of early decision applications from international students this year. “I think there is an enthusiasm around Dartmouth’s new president, Jim Yong Kim,” said Laskaris. “There has been a great deal of media coverage around the world about President Kim’s appointment, and this has raised awareness and popularity of Dartmouth to bright and talented students around the country and around the world. President Kim’s appointment, as well as our need-blind admissions policy for all applicants, makes Dartmouth more appealing to international students.”

About half of the early decision applicants indicate that they will apply for financial aid, which is about the same as last year. Dartmouth has a need-blind admissions policy, and Dartmouth remains committed to its financial aid program, which includes free tuition for undergraduates from families with incomes below $75,000.

Dartmouth’s early decision program is binding, meaning students commit to matriculate if admitted. “The early decision program allows us to build a strong base for the incoming class,” said Laskaris, “and for students who are admitted, it helps lessen the stress during the senior year of high school.”

The deadline for Dartmouth’s regular decision admissions applications is January 1, 2010; these students will be notified of decisions in early April, and, if offered admission, will have until May 1 to reply.

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