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how much do "connections" help @ dartmouth?

MarloweMarlowe Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
edited July 2008 in Dartmouth College
just curious- does anyone know how big a role they play in the admissions process? i've heard for columbia it only really helps if you're an EA-er, does the same apply for dartmouth?
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Replies to: how much do "connections" help @ dartmouth?

  • jkterrapinjkterrapin Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    same question here...im not applying early, but i know a professor there who is willing to write me a rec...will this help?
  • rightnotleftrightnotleft Registered User Posts: 434 Member
    it will help if it's a GOOD rec and you can back it up w/ test scores, ECs, and a HS transcript ... but for the most part, probably not. D receives tons of qualified applicants every year, and unless the prof has a vested interest in you coming (ie, s/he'll go elsewhere if you don't get in and s/he's a valued prof) i doubt it'll really be that helpful. It might be a tipping point if you're on the bubble, but ...
  • MarloweMarlowe Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    what about legacies??
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,088 Super Moderator
    Even with legacies there are legacies and there are legacies.

    If you are a legacy whose parent's last name are on a building in Hanover or major contibutors, then it most defintely helps. I will say that Dartmouth does get their share and a number of them get in and a number of them are denied. As rightnotleft stated legacies or connections will not make up for a weak application.
  • ohmadreohmadre Registered User Posts: 587 Member
    The information available here is of somewhat limited value - it is limited to the number of applicants who add their profile to the collective data, but you can use filter the information to see what kind of success students with different profiles had (you can filter for Athletes and Legacies). If you choose to view the results in a Scattergram rather than a table you might get a better general picture.


    You can click on any single point in the scattergram to get the full profile of that applicant. Neither legacy nor athlete nor ed application, nor even a combination of any two of them, seem to assure much of anything.
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