Acceptance Rate Hits 3-Year Low

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Acceptance Rate Hits 3-Year Low

Sarah Mazer ’19, Staff Writer

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After receiving a record number of applicants for its class of 2020, Dickinson’s acceptance rate has dipped to a three-year low of 42.7 percent for this year’s admissions cycle.

The college accepted 2,638 students this year, compared to 2,838 students for last year’s class. This resulted in a 42.7 percent acceptance rate, compared with 47.1 percent for the class of 2019 and 48.3 percent for the class of 2018. Dickinson saw a slight decrease from last year in the number of Early Decision and Early Decision II applications; however, the number of students applying under Early Action and Regular Decision each increased.

The admissions office sent out its decision notifications to Regular Decision applicants during the week of March 21, concluding this year’s admissions cycle.  Greg Moyer, senior associate director of Admissions notes that “demand for Dickinson remains high,” and this year the college received 6,171 applications, the highest number in Dickinson’s history.

“Admissions and financial aid officers have worked tirelessly this year to recruit and ultimately enroll a very diverse, academically talented and dynamic class,” Moyer said. This year’s accepted students represent the increasing diversity efforts of the college, with an increase in the number of domestic students of color (19.2 percent versus 17.5 percent last year) as well as international students (12.5 percent versus 11.7 percent last year).

Dickinson will offer a variety of admitted student programs this month including accepted student days on April 13 and 20, following one that was held on April 6.  Admission’s largest event will be an open house on April 16, coinciding with Red and White Day. As students continue to visit campus, Moyer stressed that the admissions office “appreciates the continued support of the entire Dickinson community.”

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