College admits record-low percent to the Class of 2022

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 3/29/18 12:15pm

by Dartmouth Senior Staff / The Dartmouth

Dartmouth has admitted 1,925 students to the Class of 2022 from a pool of 22,033 applicants — the largest application pool in five years — representing a record-low admission rate of 8.7 percent.

This is the College’s all-time lowest acceptance rate and is the lowest number of students accepted since the early 1990s. The Class of 2021 saw an acceptance rate of 10.4 percent, taking 2,092 students.

Of this year’s 1,925 admitted students, 97 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school class, an increase of one percent from last year. Mean SAT and ACT scores are 1497 for SATs — a record high — and 33 for ACTs.

The Class of 2022 is comprised of 15 percent first-generation college students, 11 percent foreign citizens and nine percent legacy students. Half of those admitted who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are also students of color and 59 percent of the accepted class attend a public or charter school.

More than 60 percent of the admitted students have applied for need-based financial aid. The College expects to offer around $28 million in need-based scholarships after financial aid awards are finalized. In the regular decision round, 77 QuestBridge students were offered admission.

Accepted students hail from all 50 U.S. states and from Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Mariana Islands. California, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas have the most accepted students. Out of the 65 countries represented in the accepted class, the foreign countries with the most accepted students are Brazil, Canada, China, India and the United Kingdom.

The cohort of 1,925 accepted applicants includes the 565 students accepted in the early decision round, of whom 558 have already enrolled.

Admitted students from the regular decision pool saw their decisions on March 28. The national candidates reply date is May 1.

The Dimensions of Dartmouth programs, which provide accepted students with an opportunity to learn more about Dartmouth through an on-campus visit, are scheduled to take place on April 12 -13 and April 23-24.