Dartmouth has record year, admits lowest number to Class of 2022 with 8.7 percent acceptance rate

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

It’s Ivy League decision day, on Wednesday evening, March 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. Dartmouth College notified the Class of 2022 of their admission decisions. This year was a record year for Dartmouth, they had the lowest acceptance rate, highest number of applications in “five years” and accepted the least amount of students since the 1990s. Dartmouth accepted 1,925 students out of 22,033 applications making for an acceptance rate of only 8.7 percent.

Dartmouth College had a larger increase in applications than most of the Ivies, jumping 9.8 percent to 22,005 high school senior applying. Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid remarked, “The big increases in this year’s pools reflect the early success of our expanded recruitment and the new communications plan we have adopted. We have refocused our message to emphasize excellence in teaching and undergraduate access to outstanding teacher-scholars—and students are responding. While the quantity has risen, so has the quality of this year’s applicant pool.”

On Thursday, Dec. 14, Dartmouth College sent out binding early decision acceptance notifications to 565 high school seniors, the smallest number of students of all the Ivy League schools. The college received a record number of applications, 2,270 applications, the first time the school had over 2,000 applications for the early admissions cycle. The college also had their lowest acceptance rate since the 2010 cycle with 24.9 percent; still, that percentage was the largest of all the Ivies. Dartmouth has filled up 47 percent of the Class of 2022 with those accepted for early decision, 558 have already enrolled.

Last year, Dartmouth College had one of their most selective years, accepting 2,092 students into the Class of 2021 out of 20,034 applications with an acceptance rate 10.4 percent, the second largest in the Ivy League. Dartmouth called last year’s class “the most academically accomplished and globally diverse class the College has ever accepted.” In December 2016 as part of the early decision program for the Class of 2021, Dartmouth accepted 555 applicants out of 1,999 applications for an acceptance rate of 27.8 percent.

Dartmouth also decided to release the academic profile of the accepted students, not just demographics. Of those accepted “97 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school class,” last year it 96 percent. While the “Mean SAT and ACT scores are 1497 for SATs — a record high — and 33 for ACTs.”

The class is diverse both socio-economically and geographically. The accepted students include an increase in first-generation college students up to 15 percent. Students of colour represent half the class, and a majority, 59 percent will graduate from a public high school or charter school.

As with other Ivies, Dartmouth succeeded in attracting lower income students with their financial aid packages. A majority of the students, 60 percent will apply to financial aid. As the Dartmouth reports, “The College expects to offer around $28 million in need-based scholarships after financial aid awards are finalized.”

Geographically, the students come from all 50 states and the territories. The most predominant states are “California, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas. There is a significant international contingent with 11 percent of the students coming from 65 countries. The majority come from “Brazil, Canada, China, India and the United Kingdom.” Students have until May 1, to accept the offers of admission.

Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University), is a journalist, librarian, historian & editor. She is a former Features Editor at the History News Network & reporter at Examiner.com where she covered politics, universities, religion, and news. She has a dozen years experience in education & political journalism.