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Figures Don’t Lie
The administration huffs and puffs about our first-time-below-10%-since-2016 acceptance rate:
The [8.7 percent] acceptance rate is an all-time low for the College and the 1,925 students offered admission represent the lowest number of accepted students since the early 1990s. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2021 was 10.4 percent and the previous record was the 9.8 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2016.
but the figures are really nothing to be proud of compared all of the other Ivies:
In the 1990’s we were the 7th-or-8th-ranked school in the country — not today’s rank at 11th. And from the Class of 2007 until the Class of 2016, like every other Ivy, we annually set new records for selectivity. Since that Class, the other Ivies have gone from strength to strength virtually every year, while the mis-administrations of Jim Kim, Carol Folt and Phil Hanlon (he’ll have been in Hanover for five years in June) have had us treading water.
Qui n’avance pas recule, as the saying goes: if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. Over the past 20 years, we were often more selective than Brown, and we were always a tougher admit than Penn. Not any more. (TGFC — Thank God For Cornell)
Why the Office of Communications puts out self-congratulatory press releases about our middling results is beyond me. Perhaps punters and alumni don’t understand what is happening to the College’s reputation (unless they read this space, of course), but high school guidance counselors and other admissions officers are not fooled.
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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