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Legacies Down; First Gens Up
Phil is making his mark in one interesting way: the number of legacies seems to be dropping at the same time as the number of first generation students is increasing.
Longtime readers will recall that beginning with the Class of 2014 (the fall of 2010), the Kim administration cynically manipulated the demographics of the incoming class in order to take in more tuition money: legacies, private school students and early decision acceptances jumped by 15-35% in just one year — these groups as a rule require far less financial aid than ordinary admits.
Since then, early decision acceptances have stayed high (they have actually increased) — our parlous yield requires that — but look at the legacy figures from 1991-2015. The number of legacies has dropped in the last two years from the inordinate peak of the four previous classes:
(BTW, all hail the Office of Institutional Research’s new interactive Factbook, which contains ever more historical data and even has a graphing feature.)
Now don’t get me wrong here. I have nothing against legacies: two of my best College friends’ fathers went to Dartmouth; both of my classmates deserved to be in Hanover. Like race and other telling personal characteristics, legacy status should be a tiebreaker in the admissions process, but nothing more than that.
As for first-generation-to-college students, the Factbook does not include stats for them, but the administration does announce the number of admitted students each year:
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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