The College offered 465 students early decision admission to the Class of 2016 out of the 1,800 applications received, according to a College press release. This marks a 21-student increase, as 444 students were accepted early into the Class of 2015 from an 1,759-person applicant pool. This rise in accepted students is due to the strength of the early applicant pool, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris said in an interview with The Dartmouth.
The 465 students, who were notified of their acceptance via an online
notification system at 3 p.m. on Dec. 9, will comprise approximately 40
percent of the class. The Class of 2016 will include approximately 1110
students, which is comparable to the Class of 2015 size, she said
The slightly higher number of admitted students will make selecting
the remaining class during the regular decision process more difficult
for the Admissions Office, but “was an opportunity to admit through
early exceptional students,” Laskaris said.
Approximately 600 students were deferred while roughly 700 were denied admission, Laskaris said.
“We denied a few more students than we have before, as the overall
strength and quality of the pool has grown,” Laskaris said. “Because of
this we have decided to deny admission more than defer because of the
level of competition they will face in the regular pool.”
Admitted students are more diverse than in past years, Laskaris said.
Approximately 24 percent of early admits are students of color,
compared to 22 percent of early decision admits for the Class of 2015.
“One place where we saw noticeable increase is in terms of
international students,” Laskaris said. “There was real strength in this
pool. Roughly eight percent were admitted — last year it was about five
The mean SAT score of admitted students was 2146, marking a slightly
higher score than last year’s average, 2144, according to Laskaris. The
Class of 2014's mean score was 2150.
“We have a strong group in terms of testing,” she said. “But beyond numerical credentials we were struck by substance.”
Thirty-one percent of accepted students are currently slated to be
the valedictorians of their high school school, while 21 percent are
slated to be the salutatorians. Eighty-eight percent of students
admitted early are in the top 10 percent of their classes. These figures
represent a slight uptick from students admitted through the early
decision process to the Class of 2015, as 25 percent of students were
valedictorians, 9 percent were salutatorians and 87 percent were ranked
in top 10 percent of their classes.
Dartmouth experienced a 2.6-percent increase in early decision
applications this year. While the rise in applications reflects a
five-year growth trend at the College, many other Ivy League schools
experienced a decrease in early decision applicants, as Harvard
University and Princeton University reinstituted their early admissions
programs this year.
Harvard and Princeton’s returning early admissions programs did not
affect the number of students Dartmouth chose to admit through early
decision, Laskaris said.
“When we approach the early decision process it’s an opportunity to
admit and bring to Dartmouth students who we think are exceptional and
the kind of students we want to enroll at Dartmouth,” she said. “We need
to strike that right balance. We know that the regular decision pool is
larger than the early pool. Every year it’s finding that balance
The University of Pennsylvania, which received 1.3 percent fewer
early decision applications from last year, admitted a lower percentage
of early applicants in order to allow for more flexibility in regular
admission, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Admissions officers
expect that students who applied early to Harvard and Princeton will
apply to Penn in the regular decision round, Dean of Admissions Eric
Furda said in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Early admission statistics for other Ivy League institutions have not yet been released.