The Class of 2009 was chosen from 12,615 applicants. A
record low 16.8 percent of applicants were accepted, down from
the previous year's acceptance rates of approximately 18
percent. 2,149 students were admitted this year, which is six
more than the previous year. Approximately 1200 applicants
were waitlisted. Dartmouth is expecting a 50 percent yield,
similar to previous years.
Academically, the applicants were slightly stronger
compared to the previous year. The Class of 2009 improved on
the record-high SAT scores of the previous year. The average
verbal score was 729 and the average math score was 732, four
points higher than last year's combined scores.
There was a notable increase in the number of African
Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans admitted.
There was also a nominal increase in the number of Latino
students admitted. In total, non-white applicants made up 46
percent of accepted students, an all-time high. There were 149
legacies admitted, representing 6.9 percent of the admits.
This is the largest percent of admits in five years. The
percent of international students admitted remained similar to
previous years, at 7.3 percent.
Dartmouth saw its early applicant pool drop slightly, but
the acceptance rate of 33.6 percent was a nominal increase
compared to last year. 397 high-school seniors were admitted
early and will comprise approximately 35 percent of the
incoming Class of 2009.
Among the accepted students, the SAT Verbal mean score was
711 and the SAT Math mean score was 719, making the overall
SAT score three points higher than that of last year's early
admits. Of the students accepted and whose schools provide
ranks, 28 percent were valedictorians and 11 percent were
Students of color represent 16.9 percent of early
acceptances and international students represent 5 percent.
Legacies accounted for 16.1 percent of the early admits -- the
highest in at least four years. Recruited athletes accounted
for 31 percent of the early admits, an increase compared to