This week, Dartmouth College ends test-optional admissions, Brown University sees a drop in applications, UVA announces a record number of applicants, Hamilton College names a new president, West Point can continue using affirmative action, and FAFSA delays impact decision deadlines.
Dartmouth College will require applicants for the Class of 2029 to submit test scores for admission. Marking a significant shift from its current test-optional admission process, Dartmouth says that the SAT and ACT are a better predictor of student success than high school grades, and that test scores can help lower-income applicants demonstrate their ability to overcome academic challenges.
Brown University received 48,881 applications for the Class of 2028, a 5% decrease from the previous year. Of those, 6,244 were Early Decision applicants. The university has already accepted 898 students for admission, the largest Early Decision cohort in school history.
The University of Virginia announced a record high number of applicants for the Class of 2028, with 58,970 students applying for admission. This marks a 4% increase from the previous record-breaking year.
Hamilton College has named Steven Tepper its 21st president. Tepper, currently Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, will take office on July 1, 2024.
The Supreme Court has declined to rule on affirmative action at West Point, allowing the service academy to continue its use of race-conscious admissions.
Continued fallout from the FAFSA delay has led some colleges, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Oregon State University, and Lewis & Clark College to push back their commitment deadlines to June 1, rather than the traditional May 1 deadline. The University of New Hampshire has announced a shift to rolling admissions in light of the FAFSA situation. And the University of California and the California State University system have extended their deadlines to mid-May.