There’s a post by Keith Chapman on “Dartmouth Now” about the college admissions reading season. In the post, Chapman writes about how now is the busiest time of year for admissions officers at Dartmouth College — and at universities across the nation. With the second highest number of applications to the College on the Hill in the university’s history, admissions officers don’t exactly have a lot of free time at the moment. According to Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid Maria Laskaris, as quoted in “Dartmouth Now,” ““Critical to our ability to make a series of very nuanced decisions is bringing multiple perspectives to bear on each application submitted to Dartmouth,” says Laskaris. “Our goal is to assemble a team of readers who bring both relevant experience in higher education or secondary school, and a diverse set of life experiences.”
The article also discusses how during this busy reading season, Dartmouth enlists the help of additional readers. From former admissions officers at Dartmouth and other highly selective universities to high school educators, the school has a 14-member reader corps in place to alleviate some of the pressure on the admissions staff (and to get other perspectives). According to Cameron Pinckney, as quoted in “Dartmouth Now,” “I think every application gets looked over at least three to four times, on the low end…What impresses me endlessly is the attention and care we put into every application.”
In just a few short weeks, those admissions decisions for Regular Decision applicants will go out from Dartmouth as well as from schools across the country. Dartmouth will admit around 10% of its applicant pool, to form a class of about 1,120 students. In the meantime, if you applied to college and are waiting on pins and needles, find a distraction because there’s nothing to do at this point in the process.