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Tuition: What’s Princeton Up To?
Princeton is opening up some tuition daylight between its rates and those of its competitors in the Ivy League. Why?
If Yale is the Gay Ivy, Princeton is now safely ensconced as the Cheap Ivy after several years of modest tuition increases (only 1% this year vs. the College’s 5.9% jump) . Four years at Princeton, at current rates, will cost a full-fare family $25,184 less than going to Dartmouth. And unlike Dartmouth, Princeton students receiving financial assistance — whose families earn more than $75,000/year — will not have to take out loans to pay part of their tuition. Who could turn that offer down? Certainly not the >40% of Dartmouth families who don’t get any financial aid at all, and not students who will have to take out loans from the College in the coming years.
While Princeton points to several factors to justify its policies (“high unemployment; low inflation; positive investment returns by Princeton’s endowment in the last fiscal year; and the strong performance of the 2009-10 Annual Giving fundraising campaign”), in truth the motivation has to be a desire to compete fiercely for the world’s best students. Good for Princeton, a school that has kept its eye on the ball.
Where does that leave the College? In head-to-head competition for students admitted to both Dartmouth and Princeton, I can’t see why we would win any battles at all. And if Harvard and Yale continue their high increases (3.8% and 5.8% respectively this year) for much longer, Princeton will take many of their top students, too.
Good for the Tigers for breaking from the pack. They will be rewarded for their boldness and independence by improving their university — and eventually their decision will benefit students at other schools, too, once boards of trustees at more costly institutions understand that the era of fat, self-indulgent administrations is over.
Note: This tough fight for students should make any reader re-consider the wisdom of the College’s recent 2+% across-the-board salary increase for staff. Had the money budgeted for this jump been dedicated instead to keeping Dartmouth’s tuition at competitive levels, we would have had a better student body in the coming years. What’s more important?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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