Dartmouth offered admission to 9.7 percent of applicants to the Class of 2015, accepting 2,178 applicants and marking a record-low for the College, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris said in an interview with The Dartmouth. The College accepted 11.7 percent of applicants for the Class of 2014.
Students of color — who Laskaris said are defined on the application as “U.S. citizens or permanent residents who self-identify as African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American or multiracial” — comprise 44 percent of students admitted to the Class of 2015, compared to 43.5 percent of admitted students last year, she said.
Dartmouth experienced particular growth among the percentage of admitted Asian American and Latino students, according to Laskaris. She attributed the increase in minority acceptances to the College’s affiliation with Questbridge, an organization that assists talented low-income students with the college admissions process. Although a sizeable minority admittance rate is “certainly worth noting,” the number of minority students that chooses to matriculate is more important, according to David Hawkins, director of public policy and research at the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
The mean SAT score of students admitted to the Class of 2015 is 734 for Critical Reading, 740 for Math and 744 for Writing — representing only small changes from last year, Laskaris said.