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Application Are Up, But…

The College is crowing about the 9.8% increase in the number of applicants that it has received for the Class of 2022, Admissions: Undergraduate Applications Hit Five-Year High:

Dartmouth has received the largest number of undergraduate admissions applications in five years.

The 22,005 applications for admission to the Class of 2022 are an increase of 9.8 percent over last year and represent the fourth-largest applicant pool in Dartmouth’s history.

The strong rise in the overall applicant pool—which includes both early decision admission and the current round of regular decision admission—is the largest one-year increase in seven years. It follows an all-time high number of applications this year—2,270—for early decision admissions, a 13.5 percent increase over last year’s early decision applications.

Spin. Span. Spun. While it’s nice to see an increase, does the jump in numbers have anything to do with Dartmouth, or are applications up everywhere? (As we reported the other day, applications to NYU were up 12%, Bowdoin 25%, and Middlebury 13.8% — and it was recently announced that Brown is up 8% and Yale 7.3%.)

Saying that this year’s group represents the “fourth-largest applicant pool in Dartmouth’s history” is chest-thumping that has no justification. Look at where everyone else in the Ivy League stood last year:

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All of the other Ivies have been setting all-time applications records year after year. Yet the College isn’t even back to to the level at which it stood six years ago.

Addendum: Does the Office of Communications think that nobody will notice this kind of sleight of hand? And that we won’t be offended?

Addendum: We’ll look at the other Ivies’ progress when they have all reported their results.

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