Friday, April 1, 2016

Dartmouth Admits 2,176 Students to the Class of 2020

Dartmouth offered 2,176 acceptances to the Class of 2020, a group that includes the highest ever percentage of students of color. The number of applicants totaled 20,675 — representing less than a 1 percent increase from the Class of 2019 — bringing the 2020 admission rate to 10.5 percent.

Of the admitted students, 51.6 percent identified as persons of color, 14.7 percent as first-generation college students and 8.1 percent as legacies. Of the admitted students, 47.7 percent qualify for need-based financial aid, with an average scholarship of $43,915. Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees approved a 3.8 percent total increase in undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees and room and board for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Geographically within the United States, 27.3 percent of admitted students come from the West, 18.8 percent from the South, 9.7 percent from the Midwest, 22.1 percent from the Mid-Atlantic region and 13.6 percent from New England.

Of admitted students, 8.2 percent are international students, up from last year’s 7.9 percent. Ten percent are recruited athletes.

Engineering was the top of the list of academic interests for the third consecutive year. The next most frequently indicated interests were economics and biology.

The mean SAT score among admitted students was 2219, and the mean ACT score was 32.8. Almost 95 percent of the admitted students are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The proportion of admits from private schools decreased from 27.2 percent last year to 25.4 percent this year. Sixty-three percent of admits are from public schools, an increase from the previous year’s 60.8 percent.

Princeton University had a record-low acceptance rate of 6.46 percent, as did the University of Pennsylvania which admitted 9.4 percent. Brown University admitted 9 percent, Columbia University admitted 6.04 percent and Cornell University admitted 13.96 percent. Yale University admitted 6.27 percent of applicants. Harvard University has not reported numbers yet.

This article will be updated as more information is reported.

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