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November 20, 2012 11:00 AM Dartmouth Shows Early Application Decline

By Daniel Luzer

Good news, high school students, one Ivy League college is now easier to get into than in the last few years. According to an article by Peter Jacobs at IvyGate:

In the first batch of application numbers released by Dartmouth since all this hoopla, the college saw a severe drop in the number of people who voluntarily want to be in Hanover. The Dartmouth reports that just 1,526 students applied early to be a part of the Dartmouth Class of 2017, down 12.5 percent from last year’s pool of 1,744.
12.5 percent is a serious drop, especially considering — as The Dartmouth points out — that early application numbers had been rising fairly steadily the past several years. And, although only two other Ivies have reported their early application numbers — Brown and Penn — both showed increases.

Why the drop? Well let’s think about this one. In August 2011 police arrested a Chemistry graduate student at Dartmouth for operating a meth laboratory in his apartment. In February one Dartmouth student, Andrew Lohse, publically accused the college fostering a culture of “substance abuse and hazing rituals.” In May the college began to investigate the board of directors for possibly mishandling the Dartmouth endowment.

One scandal we can forget about. Three or four and people start to notice.

This is, Dartmouth points out, the early decision applicants only; it’s too early to know what the final application pool will demonstrate.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer