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Dartmouth accepts 2,220 applicants for Class of 2018

Dartmouth College announced this week that it offered acceptance letters to 2,220 of the nearly 19,300 students who applied to attend the Ivy League institution starting this fall.

In a news release Friday, the college said that its admissions office notified the accepted students – out of which Dartmouth expects to admit about 1,110 – Thursday afternoon, after the applicants had logged in to a secure website.

“We’ve spent months reviewing applications, multiple times,” Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris, a 1984 Dartmouth graduate, said in the college release. “The glimpses we’ve had into their lives – through their stories, and their dreams and aspirations, as well as their many accomplishments – have been inspiring and moving.”

The college reported that 97 percent of the accepted students rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, with average SAT scores in the 98th percentile nationwide, and 38.5 percent are their classes’ valedictorians. Of the 2,200, 24.5 percent come from the Mid-Atlantic states, 22.7 percent from the West, 20.7 percent from the South, 14 percent from New England, 9.2 percent from the Midwest and 8.8 percent from outside the United States – including the first-ever applicants admitted from Fiji and Iran.

In a Bloomberg News report earlier this year, Dartmouth officials acknowledged that 14 percent fewer students applied than in 2013 – the biggest decline since the early 1990s, compared with a 2.1 percent drop at Harvard – and pledged to investigate the causes. As recently as 2012, applications had peaked at 23,110.

The slowing of applications comes in the wake of reports of fraternity hazing and complaints about sexual harassment, including a filing with the U.S Department of Education accusing the college of failing to report campus violence, and a federal investigation of gender-based discrimination under Title IX.

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