Admissions: Undergraduate Applications Hit Five-Year High

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Applications for admissions to the Class of 2022 are up 9.8 percent over last year.

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Dartmouth has received the largest number of undergraduate admissions applications in five years.

The 22,005 applications for admission to the Class of 2022 are an increase of 9.8 percent over last year and represent the fourth-largest applicant pool in Dartmouth’s history.

The strong rise in the overall applicant pool—which includes both early decision admission and the current round of regular decision admission—is the largest one-year increase in seven years. It follows an all-time high number of applications this year—2,270—for early decision admissions, a 13.5 percent increase over last year’s early decision applications.

“The big increases in this year’s pools reflect the early success of our expanded recruitment and the new communications plan we have adopted. We have refocused our message to emphasize excellence in teaching and undergraduate access to outstanding teacher-scholars—and students are responding,” says Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid.

“While the quantity has risen, so has the quality of this year’s applicant pool,” Coffin says. 

The admissions staff is reviewing applications and will communicate decisions to applicants on March 28.

Susan J. Boutwell