With 1,229 students, the largest 2025 cohort in Dartmouth history
The freshman class consists of 160 students who were admitted last year but whose enrollment was postponed for a year.
The 2025 class, which registered on September 12, obtained an unusual distinction: of twelve students, it exceeded the huge Class of 2021 as the largest class in Dartmouth history. The size of this year’s class – which includes a substantial number of gap year students initially admitted as part of the 2024 class – is accompanied by a larger than usual number of students choosing to be on campus this fall. These two factors created a double blow that worsened the housing shortage on campus and prompted faculty to welcome more students into their classes compared to previous years.
Vice-Chancellor of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Lee Coffin wrote in an emailed statement that 1,229 students have enrolled in the class of 2025; of these 1,229 students, 160 students were accepted into the 2024 class but chose to take a sabbatical year. In addition, Coffin wrote that the enrollment for the class of 2024 was 1,058 students and that the enrollment for the class of 2021 was 1,217.
According to the Office of Institutional Research, the class of 2023 has 1,193 students and the class of 2022 has 1,169 students. Classes graduating between 2004 and 2020 were all between approximately 1,050 and 1,150 students each.
Dartmouth has always been the smallest university in the Ivy League. However, in 2017, the College announcement that he was planning to increase the number of undergraduate students from 10 to 25%. At the time, College President Phil Hanlon said that a larger undergraduate organization “would amplify [Dartmouth’s] impact on the world.
Coffin said in an interview that the College decided not to increase the size of the undergraduate student body upon completion. Coffin also noted that the large class size of 2025 should be viewed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a significant number of freshmen – who were initially accepted into the class of 2024 – took a year off following the pandemic.
“The intention was not to enroll a larger class, the intention was to honor the carryover of 24 years, while keeping Dartmouth open to students who graduated from high school last year.” , said Coffin.
Coffin said he viewed the 2024 and 2025 classes as “almost twin classes” due to the pandemic, and that by adding up their class numbers they are in fact “under-enrolled” in the sense that the sum of two classes does not exceed the sum of two medium-sized classes.
Prior to this year, the class of 2021 was the largest class to enroll. According to Coffin, the above-average class 2021 enrollment was all about dramatic increases in class performance – something he said “happens every now and then.”
The class rate of return of 2021 – the proportion of students who accepted their offers of admission – was 58%, significantly higher than the class rates of return from 2004 to 2020, which never exceeded 52%. The 2022, 2023 and 2024 Classes recorded rates of return of 61%, 64% and 54%, respectively.
The large class size of 2025 highlighted the lack of sufficient student accommodation on campus, with some students in the upper class left on a waiting list for months over the summer. Coffin said that although the campus may seem “overcrowded”, the tight quarters are in part the result of a high proportion of students who choose to be on campus in the fall, especially upper class students. and international students who took time off the previous year “for very valid reasons.” He added that the reduced number of study abroad this term has created an enrollment model “that we never have previously known ”.
The large number of students in the class of 2025 has led some professors to enroll more students in their courses than in previous years. Jewish Studies professor Irene Kacandes, who teaches GERM 15, “Nazis, Neonazis, Antifa and the Others: Exploring Responses to the Nazi Past,” said her class was initially limited to 50 students, but added 20 students to welcome first-year students interested in the course.
Amerindian and Native Studies Department Chairman Bruce Duthu ’80, who teaches NAS 25, “Indian Country Today,” said in previous years his class had about 50 to 70 students, but this year 89 students. had enrolled, forcing his class to move from Moore Hall to Carpenter Hall.
Duthu said the surge in enrollments for his class could be due to word of mouth, noting that he spoke to the class of 2025 during the orientation. He added that he appreciates that many first-year students are taking his course, especially since it is a “gateway and introduction to Native Studies.”
“I think it’s great that [the first-year students] will take the time to complete my course, and that one of the 36 courses they will take will be a [NAIS] of course too, ”he said.