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Dartmouth admits 461 students through early decision

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/09/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Dartmouth has accepted 461 students into the Class of 2014 through the early decision admissions program, from a pool of nearly 1,600 applicants. Students were notified via a secure website on the afternoon of December 8.

“I’ve been reading applications for more than 20 years, and this year the depth and breadth of our early decision applicant pool were notable,” says Maria Laskaris, the dean of admissions and financial aid and a 1984 Dartmouth graduate. “The 230 men and 231 women who have been admitted thus far to the Class of 2014 demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and remarkable impact on their schools and communities.”

Students admitted to the Class of 2014 demonstrated excellence in their academic achievements. Twenty-six percent are ranked first in their class. Overall, 88 percent rank in the top ten percent of their class (based on the schools that provide rank in class data). Results on standardized testing show a combined average SAT score of 2150. Laskaris also cites qualitative elements, such as documented leadership qualities, a depth of intellectual and personal engagement in a variety of areas, and notable commitments to extracurricular involvements, as characteristics that helped to distinguish this year’s early decision applicant pool.

“The Admissions staff reflected a great deal on President Kim’s remarks from his inaugural address, particularly his call for students of today’s generation to unite learning with action, and passion with practicality. The students admitted to the Class of 2014 through early decision embody this vision in very tangible ways.”

Given the strength of this year’s applicants, Laskaris discussed with President Jim Yong Kim the possibility of admitting a greater number of students through the early decision process and the decision was made to admit an additional group of students this year. The College has admitted approximately 400 students through early decision over the past few years; this year’s results represent a 15 percent increase in the number of students admitted.

“I felt that we had a unique opportunity this year and I’m pleased to be able to offer more students a place in the Class of 2014 at this time,” said Laskaris. “The discussions taking place about the possibility of increasing the size of the first year class by around 50 students were also a factor in our deliberations. The additional students admitted at this stage in the process will form a very strong core in the event that the decision is made to increase the size of the class.”

Students are accepted to Dartmouth regardless of their ability to pay, and Dartmouth guarantees to meet 100 percent of each student’s demonstrated need for each of his/her four years of undergraduate study. This year, approximately 47 percent of the students admitted in early decision will be receiving financial aid.

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

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