Yield experiences slight drop, 48.5 percent accept admissions offers

A total of 1,093 students accepted Dartmouth's offer of admission to the Class of 2017 as of the College's May 1 deadline.

A total of 1,093 students, or 48.5 percent, accepted Dartmouth’s offer of admission to the Class of 2017 as of the College’s May 1 deadline, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris said.

The College extended offers to 2,252 students earlier this spring. The yield decreased slightly from last year, when 49.5 percent 1,080 of 2,180 students accepted admission offers by May 1. 1,098 students matriculated to the Class of 2016 last fall.

The Admissions Office plans on enrolling between 1,120 and 1,125 students for the Class of 2017, and the College will likely admit between 40 and 50 students from the roughly 1,000-person waitlist.

“The current yield is very close to where I thought it would be,” Laskaris said. “It is always better to come around a little bit under and use our waitlist to get to our desired class size.”

Among the 1,093 students who expect to matriculate next year, 50.3 percent are women and 49.7 percent are men, while 37 percent are students of color and 9 percent are international students. Approximately 46 percent are financial aid scholarship recipients, marking a 2 percent increase from last year.

The Admissions Office expects more students to accept offers in the coming weeks. Ten students have been offered an extended decision deadline to complete financial aid paperwork, Laskaris said.

In the past decade, the admissions yield has consistently remained at roughly 50 percent, ranging from 48 percent in 2009 to 52 percent in 2010, according to the Dartmouth Fact Book. In the same period, the number of applicants has roughly doubled to 22,416 students in 2013 from 11,855 in 2003, while the admit rate has dropped to 10 percent this year from 18 percent in 2003.

Of this year’s accepted students, 464 students were admitted through early decision. The percentage of early decision applicants in the student body has increased since 2007. While early decision applicants represented 33 percent of the Class of 2011, 41 percent of the Class of 2016 was admitted under early decision.

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