Dartmouth Reports Increase in New Black Students

The admissions office at Dartmouth College reports a banner year in its recruitment of black students. Preliminary figures suggest that blacks will make up 7.8 percent of the Class of 2011 which will enter Dartmouth this coming fall. This is up from 7.4 percent a year ago and is the highest percentage of black freshmen at Dartmouth in over a decade.

Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg attributes Dartmouth’s success to new outreach efforts at high schools with large numbers of black students and additional programs to bring prospective black students to campus. “Once you get here, Dartmouth sells itself,” Furstenberg told the college’s student newspaper.