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Thanks Heavens for Cornell

The best ways for the College to rise in rankings like the one below are to hold costs down (we are now the second most expensive school in the Ivies after Columbia — despite being located in low-cost Hanover) and keep the innovations coming. What major steps forward has the administration come up with over the past 15 year to improve Dartmouth’s academic and residential life? Anyone? Anyone?

And, no, Carol, the problem is not a dearth of PR.

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Here are Kiplinger’s criteria for their ranking and the weight of each criterion: Cost and Financial Aid: 31.25%; Student Indebtedness: 12.5%; Competitiveness: 25%; Graduation Rates: 18.75%; Academic Support: 12.5%.

You will have noted that in this ranking, at least, the cost of attending #1 Yale is 13.81% less than the College. Over four years, that’s a total difference of $29,704. Is Dartmouth worth $29,704 more than Yale? In the last decade, almost nobody with the choice before them thought so.

Addendum: In a similar classification, U.S. New ranks us 7th in the nation, and fifth in the Ivies (ahead of Cornell, Penn and Brown).

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