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Dartmouth College Class of 2009

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.


Early Admission

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 salutatorians.

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 previous years.