Admissions, by the numbers

For the first time in school history, Dartmouth’ s admissions rate has fallen into the single digits. In the most recent admissions bloodbath, just 9.7% of a record 22,385 applicants survived to claim a spot in the Class of 2015.

This follows a general trend throughout the Ivy League, where student newspapers are all reporting the same news: as application rates have soared, admissions rates have continued to fall. Rounding out the bottom of the list is Harvard, which deemed just 6.2% as deserving. Dartmouth, on the other hand, was only behind Penn and Cornell in its generosity.

As reported by the schools, the final numbers (through early and regular decision) are: 

  •       Cornell- 18%
  •       Dartmouth- 9.7%
  •       Penn- 12.3 %
  •       Brown- 8.7%
  •       Princeton- 8.39%
  •       Yale: 7.35%
  •       Columbia: 6.9%
  •       Harvard: 6.2%

As the College was eager to tout, the Class of 2015 will also be our most “diverse.” Among those accepted, 44 percent claim to be “students of color,” up from 43.5% last year. The financial aid budget is expected to grow to $80 million, and the College has, thankfully, reintroduced loans for middle class students. 

What remains to be seen, of course, is how many end up coming. But if the sun shines during Dimensions (and God help us all, if it doesn’t), then the Class of 2015 will likely be the largest (and the worst) on record. 

The full story can be read here.

Tom Hauch