Dartmouth Class of 2026 Early Decision Admissions Statistics

Congratulations to all of our students at Ivy Coach who applied Early Decision to Dartmouth!

Another year, another perfect sweep of Dartmouth College for Ivy Coach’s students. For the 15th year over the last 16 years and for the third year in a row, every single Ivy Coach student who completed their college applications with our firm and who applied Early Decision to Dartmouth College earned admission. Think about it. We couldn’t write it on the pages of our college admissions blog if it weren’t true. If one student didn’t earn admission, we’d be called out in a heartbeat. But we’ve always known we’re the Dartmouth whisperer. Now the world does, too. And who else earned admission to Dartmouth’s Class of 2026 in the binding Early Decision round besides Ivy Coach’s students? Wonder no more!

Ivy Coach has long been known as The Dartmouth Whisperer. For the 15th year in the span of 16 years, Ivy Coach completed a perfect sweep of Dartmouth College in the Early round. Every one of our students who completed applications with us and applied Early Decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2026 got in!

In all, over 2,600 students applied Early Decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2026. Of these applicants, 530 students earned admission. This marks an approximate 20.38% Early Decision admission rate. To put these figures in historical perspective, 2,664 students applied Early Decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2025 (for a 21.2% admission rate). 2,069 students applied Early Decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2024 (for a 26.4% ED admission rate). 2,474 students applied Early Decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2023 (for a 23.2% admission rate). Prior to the Class of 2023, the school never received more than 2,300 Early Decision applicants and the lowest admission rate was 24.9%.

As Dartmouth’s Office of Communications writes about the Class of 2026 Early Decision pool, “For the second consecutive year, early decision applications to Dartmouth exceeded 2,600 as the College sustained last year’s historic 29% surge in early applications. With 2,633 candidacies, this year’s early pool was the second largest in Dartmouth history. Last year, 2,664 students sought early admission.

Admitted Early Decision candidates to Dartmouth’s Class of 2026 hail from 49 of the 50 states as well as from 37 nations around the world. A record percentage of Early Decision admits are international: 16%. As the Office of Communications shares, “A record 57% of this first wave of acceptances live in the South, the West, and abroad. Californians represent more than 10% of the early class, with students from Texas and Florida also among this year’s top six states, along with residents of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The United Kingdom, Canada, India, and China comprise the largest international cohorts. When ranked, 93% are among the top 10% of their high school class and a record 22% are projected to graduate as the valedictorian or salutatorian of their graduating class. A record 54% attend a public or charter high school.”

Now, if you’re a regular reader of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog, you know that we projected that applications would be very strong at most highly selective colleges this year — just not as strong as last year’s record numbers. Dartmouth College is the first of the eight Ivy League schools to report its Early statistics thus far. And since Dartmouth received the second most Early Decision applications in the school’s history, well, you could say that Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball, a crystal ball even cited in the past on the pages of The Dartmouth, could well strike again.

Congratulations to all of our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission to the Dartmouth College Class of 2026! We’re so proud of you!

 
 

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2 Comments

  • Ed says:

    Comparing last year early decision/action numbers to this year’s numbers for the Ivies at least may not be an apples to apples comparison. Some have suggested that the pool of early action/early decision applicants to the Ivies was likely diluted by Princeton’s decision to reinstate restrictive early action this year after having placed it on hiatus last year due to COVID.

    • Ivy Coach says:

      Hi Ed,

      That’s correct. We’re going to be addressing other reasons why it’s not apples to apples comparing this year to last year in the days to come.

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