Dartmouth Adopts Need-Blind International Admissions – Dartmouth News

Dartmouth Adopts Need-Blind International Admissions – Dartmouth News

Dartmouth today announced that it is expanding its longstanding need-blind admissions policy to include international students, an achievement that will further strengthen Dartmouth’s ability to enroll talented undergraduates from across the globe. 

Dartmouth becomes one of only six institutions of U.S. higher education—joining Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, and Amherst—to offer need-blind admissions to all undergraduate applicants while meeting 100% of demonstrated need regardless of citizenship.

This significant change in undergraduate admissions policy, effective immediately for applicants to the Class of 2026, underscores Dartmouth’s standing as a global teaching and research university. The change also makes an international, socioeconomically diverse community more accessible to all Dartmouth students, regardless of their country of origin. 

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In a time when many of humankind’s most difficult challenges know no borders, we are proud to be a magnet for undergraduate talent regardless of citizenship and regardless of a student’s ability to pay.

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President Philip J. Hanlon ’77

A $40 million gift to The Call to Lead campaign from an anonymous donor—the single largest scholarship gift in Dartmouth’s 253-year history—capped this remarkable achievement. Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 thanked the anonymous benefactor when announcing the admissions change at a virtual event for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

 “In a time when many of humankind’s most difficult challenges know no borders, we are proud to be a magnet for undergraduate talent regardless of citizenship and regardless of a student’s ability to pay,” says President Hanlon. “On behalf of the international students who apply to Dartmouth today—and who will lead in the world tomorrow—I want to thank the incredibly generous lead donor and everyone who has enabled us to adopt universal need-blind admissions.” 

Interim Provost David Kotz ’86 says the universal need-blind admissions policy will benefit the entire campus community.

“International students bring an incredible mix of perspectives and life experiences,” he says. “They enrich classroom discussions as well as casual conversations in the library, the lab, on the sidelines of a game, or in the dining hall.” 

Dartmouth set a $90 million fundraising target at the beginning of the campaign to extend need-blind admissions to international students, an ambitious undertaking launched with a gift from Dorothy and Robert King ’57 to establish the King Scholars Program. More than 440 alumni and parents on six continents made this change in admissions policy possible through their generosity. The strategic aspiration has been endorsed by Dartmouth’s Presidential Commission on Financial Aid. 

“Students across the world are hungry for the opportunity of a Dartmouth education,” says Jane Novak ’92, a campaign leader based in London. “Those of us in the international alumni community believe that no single act by Dartmouth could ignite more new interest and global awareness than this decision announced today. This bold investment enables Dartmouth to take its rightful place as a leading global institution.” 

With today’s announcement, the College now employs the same procedures to evaluate international applicants as it already uses when considering applications from U.S. citizens and …….

Source: https://home.dartmouth.edu/news/2022/01/dartmouth-adopts-need-blind-international-admissions

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