Dartmouth Reports Increase in Black Early Decision Applicants

Dartmouth College received 1,550 early decision applications this year, a 9 percent increase from a year ago. This was the most in the college’s history.

Dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris reports that 401 students were accepted early. Therefore, the acceptance rate was 26 percent. The overall acceptance rate at Dartmouth last spring was 13.5 percent. So early applicants are about twice as likely to be admitted as all applicants.

Dean Laskaris told JBHE that 27 percent of the students admitted through the early decision process are “students of color.” She stated, “I am pleased by the growing strength and diversity of our early decision applicant pool.”

Dean Laskaris declined to provide information on the number of African Americans among the “students of color” who were admitted early. She did tell JBHE that “we have seen about a 30 percent increase in the number of African-American students applying early decision to Dartmouth over the last five years.”