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Applications Drop 2.6%

Talk about burying the lede: it takes a long while for the Dartmouth News release to let us know that applications have dropped by 2.6%:

Applications 2017 Dartmouth News Comp.jpg

The situation has not been pretty for several years now. We have never returned to the heights shown by the number of applicants for the Class of 2016:

Applications Data 2017.jpg

It seems that high school students, parents and college counselors know that Phil is not up to the task — as do the College’s students, alumni, donors and faculty. Do the Trustees know?

Addendum: We’ll have comparative data with the other Ivies soon. To start, applications were up 5% at Yale, 3.8% at Penn, and 1% at Harvard. These are the only ones of which the news has come to Dartblog.

Addendum: An alum writes in:

I was on the Admissions website, and I note that undergraduate education is not described. No mention of why my son chose the College — teaching, research opportunities, contact with professors, etc.

Addendum: Another alum comments:

Every other Ivy has seen record numbers of applications in the past few years, but Dartmouth continues to struggle to get 20,000. If this trend continues, Dartmouth will start to be seen as the “doormat of the Ivy League,” a dubious distinction which was previously reserved for the likes of Penn, Brown and Columbia in our day. Those schools have now soared past Dartmouth in numbers of applicants and lower acceptance rates. Dartmouth needs a strong and creative leader to reposition it in the marketplace, and to reclaim its prior status in the upper ranks of the Ivy League right behind HYP.


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