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School For Rich Kids (cont’d)

We pointed out on June 27 that the College’s new questions on the Common App have increased yields by identifying people likely to come to Hanover, if admitted. However, though effective in increasing our yield, the policy turns out to have a secondary effect, as Inside Higher Education reports:

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So what’s our preference: show a higher yield for its PR value, or seek to attract a class of more meritorious students? Currently we lead the Ivies in the number of kids coming from 1% families (20.7%), and only Princeton has fewer students from the bottom 60% of family income (we only have 14.4% of undergraduates from this cohort).

Add to this data the fact that we offer financial aid to fewer students than any other Ivy (here and here) and you have the virtual certainty that Phil Hanlon and Carolyn Dever will bore us silly with talk of diversity and inclusion, but in reality Dartmouth will remain a school for rich folks, plus a small, token group of kids who are not from the wealthy classes.

Of course, a day without criticizing the bloated bureaucracy would be like a day without sunshine — so let’s note that admissions departments play lots of games, at least in private, to insure that preference is given to full-boat kids. After all, that extra money is urgently needed, right?


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