Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dartmouth Admitted 566 Students in ED to the Class of 2025

 This year’s ED applicant pool saw 2,664 applicants — a 29% increase from last year’s number and an all-time high for the College, which extended admission offers to 21% of candidates on Wednesday. This percentage marks a decline from last year’s ED acceptance rate of 26%. A record-high percentage of accepted early decision students come from diverse racial, socioeconomic and international backgrounds, while recruited athletes comprise an unusually low portion of the cohort.

Vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid Lee Coffin said that in recent years, the pool of applicants and admits has continued to become more “dynamic” and “diverse.”

“In this round, we were really blessed with an [early decision] pool that had lots of different representations of the kind of class we're hoping to pull together,” Coffin said.

Of the 566 admits, 36% are Black, Indigenous or people of color, 16% are first-generation and 14% live outside of the U.S. — all early decision records. Coffin added that a record 26% come from low-income families, and 18% of the early decision admits are projected to be eligible for Pell Grants. Admitted students represent 44 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam and 36 countries.

Coffin said that he believes this year’s virtual recruitment cycle may have made the admissions process more accessible to a broad range of students. According to Coffin, the admissions office was able to reach 64% more prospective students virtually this year than during last year’s in-person recruitment cycle.

Meanwhile, 15% of the incoming early decision cohort are children of Dartmouth alumni, and 18% are recruited athletes. In 2019, recruits made up 25% of admitted early decision students, and they comprised 24% in 2018. This decrease in athletic admissio

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