The Dartmouth Class of 2021

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An article in America’s oldest college newspaper offers insight into Dartmouth’s Class of 2021.

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.

Early Decision at Dartmouth

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Ivy Coach is cited today on the pages of “The Dartmouth.”

Ivy Coach is featured today in America’s oldest college newspaper, “The Dartmouth.” In the piece in Dartmouth College’s newspaper written by Joyce Lee entitled “Early decision students to comprise 47 percent of class,” the Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, praises Dartmouth for its outreach in the last couple of years in particular to international applicants. While Dartmouth, like just about all highly selective colleges, have been trying to woo international applicants for many years, Dartmouth in particular has made strides in this department over the last few years and we’ve taken notice.

As Lee writes, “Bev Taylor, founder of college admissions consulting firm Ivy Coach, said that Dartmouth has been working to have more international applicants and has seen an increase in its application numbers over the past two years. She said that the increase in applications and their quality, as well as the diversity in the pool, was cause for praise.”

As the piece points out, more and more students are (wisely) applying Early these days too. Just think about it — 47% of Dartmouth’s incoming first-year class is already filled before the Regular Decision round. That means almost half the slots are taken. To not apply Early, to not use one’s Early card wisely is to make a costly mistake in highly selective college admissions.

As Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Lee Coffin states, “Over the last ten years, more students are being counseled to apply early somewhere, and college counselors say half or two-thirds of their senior class file an early decision or early action application…That’s a growing trend that’s showing up in our pool too. There’s a consciousness about early decision, as a strategy.” You bet there is.

Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission to Dartmouth via Early Decision this year…to be members of the Dartmouth College Class of 2021!

Dartmouth Class of 2021

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In all, 1,999 students applied Early Decision to Dartmouth this year.

The Early Decision numbers are in at Dartmouth College for the Class of 2021. In all, a record 1,999 students applied for admission to the College on the Hill (falling one short of 2,000 applicants must’ve been a little frustrating but it was a record nonetheless!). Of the 1,999 students, 555 were sent offers of admission. And unlike for Tulane University, Dartmouth College wasn’t kidding about any of them. Too soon? We blog about college admissions every day. We’ve got to add some color every now and then.

As reports Noah Goldstein for America’s oldest college newspaper, “The Dartmouth,” “The admitted students will form around 47 percent of the incoming class. Compared to last year’s early decision admits, the Class of 2021 had a higher number of students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes in addition to higher average scores on the ACT and SAT. This year’s 27.8 percent acceptance rate is an increase from last year’s 25.6 percent. The overall number of applications went up by 3.7 percent.”

In light of record application numbers and a strong pool at Dartmouth College this fall, we fully anticipate that the interim tag on Interim Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Paul Sunde’s title to be removed. The job should be his!

So just less than half of the Class of 2021 at Dartmouth College is already full. If one doesn’t understand the importance of applying Early, think about it like this: You like pizza. You order a pizza. A passerby eats just a little less than half of the pie. You only have so many slices left to eat. But you still really like pizza. And not EBAs pizza. That’s a Dartmouth reference. EBAs is prized at Dartmouth for delivering pizza late into the night — not so much for the quality of their pizza. But enough about pizza.

As Goldstein reports, “Fifty-two percent of the students have applied for financial aid—up from 48 last year—while at least 11 percent are eligible for Pell Grants. There are students from 45 states in addition to Puerto Rico and the District of Colombia alongside 22 countries, with the largest number of students hailing from California. Thirty-four percent of the students attend independent schools, 13 percent attend religion-affiliated schools, and two of them have been home schooled.” 45 states — not bad. Look for applicants from the other five states to have an easier time of it during the Regular Decision round than most! Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission to Dartmouth College this year!