There’s a post on “The Choice” blog of “The New York Times” by Lily Altavena that asks if allegations of hazing at Dartmouth College will affect prospective students. Ms. Altavena is referring to the article in “Rolling Stone” in which an angry, crusading former Dartmouth student goes off on a vitriolic tirade against the College on the Hill. If you don’t know about the article, read our post on Dartmouth College Fraternities.
Our answer is no. Allegations of hazing at Dartmouth will not impact Dartmouth’s bottom line in next year’s admissions cycle (or in this year’s yield). Students and their parents are savvy enough to know that where there are fraternities, there is drinking. And there are fraternities at many colleges. Not just Dartmouth. If they actually read the “Rolling Stone” piece, they’d also probably realize that the former student had serious issues with the school.
People aren’t naive. They don’t think that students just read books and discuss Greek myths in fraternity basements. And if that were the case, they probably wouldn’t think fraternities were cool. Who wants to discuss Greek myths on Saturday night in your prime? So, no, this article — as controversial as it might be — will not impact the Dartmouth admission stats. Will it help to further the College on the Hill away from its old reputation as Animal House? No. But it’s not going to have the impact the angry student wanted it to have.