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
“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
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
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
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.