Class of '95: a history in numbers

by David J. Pichler | 6/11/95 5:00am

The Dartmouth Class of 1995 began, as all classes here do, in a flurry of numbers written on an application sitting on the desks of admissions officers in early 1991 -- there were SATs and ACTs and GPAs and more.

Since then, the students have hopefully gotten past those numbers, but still the numbers remain. In four years here the Class of 1995 has generated an even more impressive pile of statistics as it attempted to work hard and prepare for the future.

Members of the Dartmouth Class of 1995 were mailed their acceptance letters earlier than most prior classes, according to the April 4, 1991 issue of The Dartmouth.

That year, the College was the only Ivy League school to receive more applications than the previous year, The Dartmouth reported in the same issue.

Out of those 8,070 applicants, the group who was tendered offers of admission was also bigger than any prior year.

Of the 1,914 high school seniors who received thick envelopes from the College in the spring of 1991, 1,088 were men, 926 were women and 514 were minorities.

Of those, 1,036 enrolled; 541 men and 495 women. Of the incoming class that September, 24.1 percent were minorities: 75 African-Americans, 80 Asian-Americans, 52 Latinos and 33 Native Americans.

There were 152 high school valedictorians and 72 salutatorians among the pea-green freshmen that year, and of the 664 who reported that their high schools kept academic rankings, 560 were in the top 10 percent of their classes.

They averaged an impressive 621 on the verbal section of the SATs and 680 on the math section.

The verbal and math medians were 630 and 700 respectively.

Financial aid from the College was awarded to 403 students.

There were 95 legacies in the class.

Four-hundred-and-ninety-four '95s took advantage of Dartmouth's famous Language Study Abroad and Foreign Study Programs.

The most popular, not surprisingly, were the Biology FSPs in Costa Rica and Jamaica, the Art History FSP in Italy, the Government FSP in London and the Environmental Studies FSP in Kenya.

The various Spanish programs in Spain and Mexico were the most popular LSAs. Fifty-four members of the Class of 1995 participated in exchange programs, spending a term at another school.

There were still 10 seniors who had not completed their physical education requirement as of the beginning of Spring term -- either by failing to take the swim test or the required three terms of physical education.

The most popular career choices for the 700 seniors who responded to a class-wide September survey by Career Services included: consulting, investment banking and finance, advertising and public relations and education.

Career Services reported that 529 seniors participated in this year's corporate recruiting program, a 25 percent increase from last year.

According to Career Services, 70 percent more firms participated in the recruitment process at Dartmouth this year than last, news that any senior will be glad to hear.

Of those students who went through the grueling recruitment process, approximately 25 percent have informed Career Services of their actual plans next year, and again consulting was most popular.

The survey will not be complete until the summer when results of a survey taken on Class Day can be tabulated, according to Career Services.

Career Services reported that approximately 25 percent of each class plan to attend graduate school, but the figures for this year's class are not yet complete.

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