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“Hot” Compared to Whom?

Is it even politically correct to describe the hotness of various schools? Well, if Phil can do it, so can we — with the help of Parchment, a site that describes itself as a digital credential service. It manages the flow of documents between applicants, academic institutions and employers. Parchment also seems have data on who got into which college and university, and where they chose to accept/refuse offers of admission.

Take a look at what percentage of students decided to come to the College, when they had been accepted at another Ivy:

Parchment Comparative Ivies.jpg

Thank heavens for Cornell. Hey, Phil, the data does not make us seem very hot.

That said, let’s see how we do compared to Michigan and Vanderbilt, the decades-long stomping grounds of Phil Hanlon and Provost Carolyn Dever, respectively:

Dartmouth vs Michigan Vandy.jpg

I, too, would chose the College over some large university where undergrads take a back seat to faculty members’ research (and over Yale, too, if you must know). Why do Phil and Carolyn want to remake Dartmouth to resemble Michigan and Vandy?

Addendum: Terren Klein ‘17’s Pulse data confirms that we are only more attractive than Cornell when measuring up against other Ivy schools.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Of all your posts over the past two years since I started following you, today’s was the number one zinger. It vaguely reminds me of the old story about the pet food manufacturer that spent millions on the promotion and advertising of its new dog food products only to experience a precipitous drop in sales simply because the consumer (meaning the actual dogs) didn’t like the stuff. Phil may be hot, but the College is clearly not.

The numbers are frightening. At one time we were considered (with Princeton) as providing the best undergraduate educational experience anywhere. My freshman room mate was accepted at both Harvard and Dartmouth. Chose Dartmouth for that reason. Nowadays losing to HYP is a given, but losing 70% to Brown??? Wow.


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