Listen to this.
Based on acceptance rates alone, African American students have the best chance of getting into Dartmouth, with legacies right behind them. African Americans were accepted into the Class of 2008 at a rate of 44.6 percent, while legacies had a 35.4 percent acceptance rate. Native Americans and Latinos enjoyed acceptance rates of 34.6 and 29 percent, respectively.
With so much of the applicant pool enjoying these benefits, it leaves others receiving below-average acceptance rates. White Americans, who make up over 60 percent of applicants, had an acceptance rate of 16.2 percent. International students had the hardest time getting into Dartmouth, accepted at a rate of only 10.2 percent.
This girl from my school with a 1140 got into Brown. Not to be mean, but by no stretch of the imagination is she an astounding talent at anything. No substantial hooks at all. However, she is of Cuban descent, and has a sister currently attending there. After reading some of the Brown rejections on this board, I have lost complete faith in the idea that college admissions are based on merit.
According to Michele Hernández, a former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth and author of the 1997 book, A is for Admission: The Insider’s Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, applications from minority students are literally flagged early on. “At Dartmouth,” she writes, “minority-student status is designated by blue tags for black students, red tags for Hispanic students, and black tags for Native American students.” Admissions officers apply different criteria to these applicants. Hernandez says that officers are willing to trade off test scores for class rank, or vice versa—and will generally “give less weight to test scores and class rank than would be accorded to nonminority applicants”—when weighing a decision about a non-Asian minority candidate. “For white students without tags, modest test scores are not offset by superior class rank.” According to 1992 data, the average SAT score of black students at Dartmouth is 218 points below that of whites
In Short, since I'm an African-American Male with a 1270 (before taking a prep course, which garuntees a 130 pts increase avg.), 3.9, all AP/IB, Crew/Tennis/Rugby/Church Member, who is dirt poor, who is applying early....I'm goin to Dartmouth!
Granted, this really wrong. REALLY wrong. I'm completely against Affirmative-Action. Everyone should have an equal chance. Black kids aren't inherantly smarter or stupider (Even though a recent study showed that 8th grade white kids are on average smarter than 12th grade black kids), they just as a whole don't choose to do the work. Granted some are in bad situations, but I was in a bad situation, and still did better than 87% of the kids in my school. I'm not that special. Yall niglets need to get off yer ass and do your damn homework.
But seriously. I think this is wrong. Granted, I'll benefit from it. Huge. I was st ressing about getting into Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, or Cornell, but if I play may cards right, its pick and choose.