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!
The numbers are in for Dartmouth’s Early Decision Class of 2020. No, not the number of students who’ve been admitted. Only the number of students who submitted applications to the College on the Hill. Dartmouth experienced a 2% increase for the Class of 2020 from last year’s total for Early Decision applications. And last year’s Early Decision pool, for the Class of 2019, was the largest in the history of Dartmouth College.
As referenced in “The Dartmouth,” “Students admitted through the early decision process comprised 41 percent of the Class of 2019. While a decade ago this figure was about 35 percent, it has been closer to 40 percent for the past several years. The number of early decision applications has increased every year since 2006, with the exception of a 12.6 percent drop in the number of early applications for the Class of 2017. Over this time, the number of applicants has increased from 1,287 to 1,859.”
There were some scares a couple of years ago when applications dipped for the Class of 2017, but these sorts of things happen every now and then. Yale’s Early Action applications are down this year. But only marginally. As we’ve long said on the pages of this blog and to every Ivy League newspaper, slight dips such as these are no reason for colleges to get bent out of shape and start second guessing their recruiting tactics. But there was no slight dip at Dartmouth this year. Rather, there was indeed a slight application uptick.
But does more applications mean it’ll be more competitive? Not necessary. Think about it this way: Does a C student with a 26 ACT score applying to Dartmouth make it more difficult for students to get in? No. Not in the least. So application numbers don’t tell the full story. They never have. But that doesn’t mean colleges don’t want to see those application numbers go up every year. They sure do — no matter what it is the colleges may say.
1,678 students submitted Dartmouth Early Decision applications this admissions cycle. This figure marks a 6.7% rise from the Class of 2017. As you may remember, last year, Early Decision applications at Dartmouth were down 12.6%. As quoted in an article in “The Dartmouth” entitled “Early decision applications rise 6.7%,” Dartmouth’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Maria Laskaris, said, “Obviously, numbers do fluctuate. Last year we were down after many years of increases, so if you look across at other schools’ data, some years they’re up, some years they’re not.” Fair point.
There are many who believe that the drop in Early Decision applications last year at Dartmouth was a result of the media attention paid to the College on the Hill after a hazing scandal in which a former student blasted the school in an a feature within “Rolling Stone.” It’s unbelievable that one bad apple, one media event can have such an impact on a school’s admissions figures. Some years earlier, at Duke University, students who were proven innocent (not not guilty — innocent) of rape charges had a major impact on the university’s reputation. But that had more to do with a rogue DA and a university PR department forced to deal with a whole lot of bad press.
What do you think of the rise in Early Decision applications to Dartmouth College this year? And what do you think about the drop that the university experienced the year before? Let us know your thoughts on these Early Decision numbers by posting below. We look forward to hearing from you!