Dartmouth College extends ‘need-blind’ admissions policy to international students

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2022 10:41:48 PM
Modified: 1/12/2022 10:40:56 PM

HANOVER — In a move aimed at making a Dartmouth College undergraduate education more accessible to less-well-off international students, the college announced Wednesday it will no longer take into account the student’s ability to pay and is extending its “need-blind” admissions policy to all applicants globally.

The move in large measure is made possible by an anonymous $40 million donation to the college, said Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon, which he called “the largest single scholarship gift in Dartmouth history” in addition to $50 million in commitments raised as part of Dartmouth’s current $3 billion fundraising campaign.

“The doors of Dartmouth have swung wide open today,” Hanlon said in a live video announcement heralded by Dartmouth as “historic,” noting that the college now has enough financial resources that “when our admissions office considers applicants from outside the U.S., financial need will no longer be a factor in the decision-making process.”

Tuition alone at Dartmouth for the 2021-22 year is $58,953 and housing, food, fees, books and incidentals brings the total estimated “cost of attendance” to more than $81,500, according to the college.

But in fact many students pay less than the sticker price because the college’s “100% of demonstrated need” policy does not require any parent contribution or loans for students from families with income below $65,000. Last year the college also eliminated loans and raised the threshold for a full-tuition award to families with incomes up to $125,000.

Despite the word “college” in its name and rural New Hampshire location, Dartmouth increasingly views itself as a global institution vying for the best and brightest students from around the world — who are also being sought by its peer universities — and building a more diverse undergraduate student body has been a priority.

Dartmouth said international students account for 14% of the current freshman class, up from 8% in 2016.

Lee Coffin, Dartmouth’s vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid, said in the presentation that in the current admissions cycle students from 157 countries are “seeking a spot in the class of 2026” and that applications and enrollment of international students have risen sharply in the past five years — up 79% from 3,555 to 6,373 in applications, according to Dartmouth.

“Step one is to sustain that growth,” Coffin said, predicting that the new tuition model would prove effective. “I suspect we’ll see a growing pool and an increasingly diverse socioeconomic pool (of students) as we move forward.”

Dartmouth said the new policy, which is effective immediately, makes it one of only six colleges in the U.S. to offer need-blind admission to all undergraduates, along with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT and Amherst.

Contact John Lippman at jlippman@vnews.com.

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