A few months back, 17 medical school students at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine were accused of cheating on online exams. The scandal even made the cover of The New York Times. In a year in which one of the two namesakes of the medical school, Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), has all but been canceled, it hasn’t exactly been a bright year for Dartmouth’s medical school. But as we’ve long articulated on this college admissions blog, no university is immune to scandal yet America’s highly selective universities — notably the Ivy League institutions — endure. For Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, we believe that this too shall pass.
As Jacob Strier reports for The Dartmouth in a piece entitled “Cheating controversy unlikely to impact Geisel admissions, consultants say,” “The fallout of recent allegations of cheating at the Geisel School of Medicine is not likely to alter the school’s selective admissions or national ranking, though it may impact applicant perception and affect the ability of students who are involved in the cases to secure clinical residencies, according to multiple medical school admission consultants…The scandal has also raised questions about a potential impact on Geisel’s competitive admissions process, which according to the school’s admissions office sees less than 1.3% of approximately 7000 applicants admitted each year, and on perceptions of the school, which currently ranks 24th nationally for primary care training and 45th for research in the widely-cited U.S. News and World Report rankings.”
We’ll keep our readers posted on any fallout from this scandal at the Geisel School of Medicine over the next couple of years. Will the school slip in the all-important rankings or will this scandal be quickly forgotten? Only time will tell!
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