Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dartmouth Could Accept 20 ~ 30 Students from the Waitlist for Class of 2016

A total of 1,080 students accepted Dartmouth’s offer of admission to the Class of 2016 as of the College’s May 1 deadline for acceptance of admission, representing 49.5 percent of the 2,180 students who were accepted in this year’s admissions cycle, according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris. This number is slightly higher than the number of students who had accepted admission offers at this time last year, when 1,071 of 2,179 students had accepted offers of admission to the Class of 2015, according to Laskaris.
“The yield came in pretty much where we expected,” Laskaris said. “We were a little conservative with the number of offers of admission because we don’t have a lot of wiggle room with first-year housing, so we aimed to come in under and use the waitlist to reach our target.”
The Admissions Office anticipates that more students will accept an offer for admission in the next several weeks, according to Laskaris.
“As always, a handful of students have requested extensions to have additional time to work out financial aid details, and we certainly want to give students that flexibility, so we have a few students yet to hear from” Laskaris said.
A total of 1,114 students accepted Dartmouth’s offer of admission to the Class of 2015 last year, representing a 52 percent yield.
The Admissions Office is aiming for a class of 1,100 to 1,110 students, which means they will admit students off the waitlist in the coming months, according to Laskaris.
“In the last four years, we have taken anywhere from 20 to 80 students off the waitlist, so it feels very much like our experience over the past few years,” Laskaris said. “We have a lot of eager students on the waitlist, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to add a few more students to the class.”
Apart from the elevated rate of 55 percent for the Class of 2014 two years ago, Dartmouth’s yield rate has consistently been around 50 percent in past years, ranging from 48 percent in 2009 to 52 percent in 2007, according to the Dartmouth College Fact Book.
Of the students who have accepted offers of admission, about 10 percent are international students, representing an increase in the 8 percent international student yield in past years, according to Laskaris.
“The Admissions Office has been working to increase our presence internationally, and many of our international alumni have been energized to help us recruit,” Laskaris said.
Additionally, College President Jim Yong Kim’s recent election to the World Bank presidency may have increased international students’ enthusiasm for Dartmouth, according to Laskaris.
“I also have to wonder if it has anything to do with President Kim’s world tour right around the time admissions came out,” Laskaris said. “He visited a lot of places where we have lots of applicants and admitted students.”
Laskaris also said that the media coverage of Kim’s nomination and selection, which also made people aware that Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner ’83 is an alumnus of the College, may have helped students and their families realize that “Dartmouth alumni do really well.”
The media attention surrounding hazing at the College did not seem affect the yield, Laskaris said.
“I know that students and families read the Rolling Stone article because we got specific questions about it,” Laskaris said.
Over Dimensions, the Admissions Office hosted a forum in which they addressed prospective students’ questions about the social life at the College, Laskaris said.
“We want to answer questions forthrightly,” Laskaris said. “We had a program with Dean [of the College Charlotte] Johnson specifically focused on building responsible communities, and we wanted to make sure that students and families had a chance to talk to us and share questions and express concerns so that we could help them make an informed decision.”
The questions about social life, however, did not seem to deviate much from similar questions in past years, according to Laskaris.
“When choosing among many good options, students look for who offers the best fit and where they see themselves thriving, so the question of social life has always been something that prospective students have wanted to ask,” Laskaris said.


NYCFan said...

These numbers are screwed up as the comment to the Dartmouth story indicates.

Mathacle said...

I assume that they will get about 100% yield on taking students from the waitlist. So the number is close enough to 20 ~ 30. It should not be more than 40 ~ 50.

NYCFan said...

They only have 1,080, without considering "summer melt." So they will have take a minimum of 100 from the WL in order to fill the class. They will lose 50 via summer melt if the past is any guide.

NYCFan said...

According to the 2011-12 CDS for for Dartmouth, 1,113 matriculated and 2,270 were admitted, for a yield rate of 49%, not 52% as the story claims.

Why can't the college new reporters check the CDS data rather than simply parroting the often inaccurate numbers given them by admissions flacks trying to put a happy spin on everything?