The College on the Hill offered 2,092 students admission to its Class of 2021 this Regular Decision admissions cycle. These 2,092 students were among the 20,034 students who applied for admission subsequent to the Early Decision round. This means that only 10.4% of applicants to Dartmouth received offers of admission, marking the lowest admission rate for the Hanover, New Hampshire-based university since 2013.
And how does Dartmouth’s Class of 2021 break down? Cut to the annual press release. As reports “The Dartmouth” in a piece about the incoming Class of 2021 at Dartmouth, “Ninety-six percent of accepted students from high schools that rank their students are expected to graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. Of the accepted students, 547 are currently ranked as the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class, which is a 25 percent increase from the accepted students in the Class of 2020 and an all-time high for admissions at the College.”
“California is the most represented home state, followed by New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. The group includes 255 students from 63 foreign countries, a 38 percent increase from the accepted students in the Class of 2020 and the largest cohort of international students ever, another all-time high for admissions at the College. Of international students’ home countries, the United Kingdom, Canada and South Korea are the most represented. Fifty-one percent of accepted students from the U.S. are students of color, which continues a trend from last year in which 51.6 of accepted students from the Class of 2020 were of color, then the most racially diverse class in the College’s history.”
And Dartmouth, like all highly selective colleges loves its first-generation students. 15% of those admitted to the College on the Hill as members of the Dartmouth Class of 2021 will be the first in their families to attend college. Impressive indeed. This 15% statistic compares to a 9% legacy statistic — 9% of those admitted are the progeny of Dartmouth College graduates. Not as impressive. Hey, our regular readers know we have a habit of adding our two cents. Or six cents for that matter.
Congratulations to our students who will be members of the Dartmouth Class of 2021! Many of you are headed to Hanover in the coming days to visit. Do enjoy a breakfast at Lou’s. And a hike to The Firetower if it isn’t too cold.