The Ivy Coach Daily

March 29, 2024

Dartmouth Class of 2028 Admissions Statistics

A student walks across The Green at Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth College has released Regular Decision notifications to the Class of 2028. In total, 31,657 students applied to the College on the Hill’s Class of 2028 — a record tally (and a 10% spike from last year). Of these applicants, 1,685 earned admission, marking an overall acceptance rate of 5.3%, the lowest in the school’s centuries-long history.

Dartmouth Class of 2028 Statistics in Historical Perspective

To place Dartmouth’s admissions statistics for the Class of 2028 in context, the school has never hit 30,000 applications. Dartmouth’s previous record, set for the Class of 2027, stood at 28,841. The school’s 5.3% overall admission rate also wasn’t just a record — it was a significant move of the needle. Dartmouth’s overall admission rate never before dropped below 6% (6.07% for the Class of 2027).

Profile of Dartmouth Admits to the Class of 2028

Of those admitted to Dartmouth’s Class of 2028, they hail from all 50 states in our union, in addition to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. International admits hail from 68 nations worldwide, with Canada, India, Turkey, South Korea, and the United Kingdom among the most-represented countries.  

17% of admits will be the first in their families to attend a four-year college. 15% come from rural environments. 57% attend public high schools. Among those high schools that rank their students, 95% are in the top 10% of their graduating classes. Over 25% will likely graduate as valedictorians or salutatorians. 19.3% will be able to attend Dartmouth without any financial assistance needed from their parents.

The Rationale Behind Dartmouth’s Record Year

It would be impossible to conjecture why Dartmouth received so many applications to its Class of 2028. This year’s figures marked a significant jump from the last three years of record tallies.

Could it be that Dartmouth was all over the news, including even a profile on 60 Minutes, before the Regular Decision deadline for their noteworthy, entirely impressive response to Hamas’ terrorist attack against Israel while its Ivy League peers struggled mightily to do the right thing?

Dartmouth made headlines for becoming the first Ivy League school to reinstate an SAT/ACT testing requirement in admissions. But that news came only about a month ago — after the Regular Decision deadline. Still, the move was emblematic of how Dartmouth is heeding the words of its own Robert Frost by “taking the road less traveled” among its Ivy League peers under its new president, Sian Beilock. Perhaps applicants to the Class of 2028 felt that trailblazing spirit in the hill winds on their visits to Hanover.

Or it could just be that Dartmouth’s applications were up this year and its overall admission rate down — both to historic levels — because the school tends to set records every few years? This is entirely consistent with the pattern in Dartmouth’s historical data.

But if we had to guess, look no further than the students we’ve coined “Squeakers” — students who think they could squeak in without test scores. Word on the street is that Dartmouth received many applications sans test scores this year. Next year, with Dartmouth back to requiring SAT or ACT scores, it would not be surprising if applications dipped significantly. Bye-bye, Squeakers!

In fact, Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball, which was once even cited on the pages of The Dartmouth, is calling it now: applications to Dartmouth’s Class of 2029 will drop from this year’s unprecedented level. Mark our words. Don’t ever bet against Ivy Coach’s crystal ball.

That said, it’s impossible to accurately discern the cause of Dartmouth’s record year for the Class of 2028. But a record year it was!

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