The Class of 2007 is now over a third full, with the 394
early admissions acceptance letters mailed in mid-December
filling 37 percent of the incoming freshman class.
The 32 percent acceptance rate is comparable to last year's
figure, but remains much higher than the regular decision
rate, which last year stood at only 20 percent.
1,217 students applied, a total up eight percent from last
year, and the highest such figure in five years.
The number of students that are admitted remains very
consistent from year to year, but the percentage of each class
comprised of early admissions acceptances fluctuates.
This is the closest the early decision pool has ever been
in male to female ratio. This trend has continued with the
resulting early acceptances, as the College accepted more
women than men early for the first time since the beginning of
early decision. 198 women were admitted early compared to 196
Also notable was an increase in the number of students of
color accepted early this year. Of the 394 admits, 71 were
given to students of color, constituting 18 percent of early
This year Dartmouth received the fewest number of early
applications among the Ivy League schools, and consequently
the percentage of the Class of 2007 comprised of early
applicants also ranks among the lowest in the Ivies.
Yale's 557 acceptances will comprise 43 percent of its
class of 2007. Columbia also accepted 43 percent of its class
early, while Penn accepted 47 percent. Cornell joined
Dartmouth at 37 percent.
Harvard, which accepted 1,150 students under its
non-binding early admissions program from an Ivy-high 7,600
early applicants, cannot be sure how many will actually
Harvard's enrolled class of 2006 was nearly 1,700 students.
Because none of the Ivies are allowed to offer athletic
scholarships per Ivy guidelines, most of the athletic
recruiting in the Ivies is done through Early Decision. This
year Dartmouth admitted 112 recruited athletes, including five
swimmers, despite the announced cut of the swimming and diving
teams during the early decision deliberation process.
Of the record 11,853 students who applied to Dartmouth this
year, only 17.5 percent received acceptance letters on April
4th, the lowest such number in the history of the College.
One measure of the strength of the pool is the record-high
SAT averages among those accepted. The verbal score of 717 and
the 725 math score represent higher average scores than those
of any recent classes.
1,705 students were accepted under regular decision, in
addition to the 394 students accepted under the binding Early
Decision program. Accepted students will have until May 1 to
secure their spots in the 1,070-person Class of 2007.
Last year just over half of the 2,090 accepted students
chose to come to Dartmouth, producing a 52 percent yield.
International students comprise a record eight percent of
all admissions and hail from 53 different countries. Last
year's international acceptances came from just 41 countries.
Dartmouth received "record levels" of applications from
students of color -- 11 percentage point more than last year.
African-American student applications were up 15 percent,
Asian-American students climbed 16 percent, Latino students
gained 10 percent and Native Americans rose 12 percent from
Students of color received 39 percent of acceptance letters
this year, up from 37 percent last year and 28 percent just
five years ago. 361 Asian-Americans, a record number, were
among those accepted, joining 213 African-Americans, also a
Meanwhile, public school acceptances also reached a
four-year record, comprising 64 percent of the admits.
Conversely, the number of legacies admitted slumped to the
lowest level in four years, with only 112 accepted.
Though financial aid figures and packages have not yet been
finalized, Dartmouth expects 46 to 48 percent of next year's
freshman to be receiving some form of financial aid, with the
average package totaling $22,000. Of this year's freshman
class, 46 percent are receiving aid.
This year's SAT averages were the highest in history for
any class of applicants. The averages for the entire pool of
applicants were 678 on the verbal section and 699 for the math