If you want to apply to Dartmouth, the regular decision application deadline is January 2 and the application fee is $80.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.
|Dartmouth 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||92.8%|
|Mean SAT Score||1482|
|Admissions Test Policy||Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||57%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||43%|
Dartmouth College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 11/1.
The early decision acceptance rate at Dartmouth is 26%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 9%. Last year, Dartmouth admitted 543 of the 2070 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
It is extremely difficult to get into Dartmouth. Dartmouth evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Dartmouth accepted 9% of all applicants, around 1,972 of the 21,392 students who applied.
Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Dartmouth, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.
It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
In 2021, Dartmouth waitlisted 2,661 students. Of those, 1,945 eventually got in.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Extracurricular Activities||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
To apply, all applicants to Dartmouth must submit the following items. Double check with Dartmouth's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Other Requirements||√||peer evaluation|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||3|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Out of all students that were admitted, 49.6% submitted a class rank. At Dartmouth 92.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98.7% were in the top 25% and 99.8% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Dartmouth College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
Dartmouth does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Dartmouth is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 57% of Dartmouth's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Dartmouth applicants, you should strive to earn between 1430 and 1550 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Dartmouth 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1550 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Dartmouth student is 1482.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Dartmouth students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Dartmouth students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Dartmouth, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Dartmouth's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.
A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dartmouth students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.
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For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Dartmouth.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.
Transfer students can enroll in Dartmouth during the following terms: - Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Dartmouth?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Dartmouth.
Does Dartmouth accept transfer credits?
Dartmouth accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Dartmouth accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Dartmouth accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Dartmouth?
No, Dartmouth is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..
What is Dartmouth's acceptance rate?
Dartmouth's acceptance rate is 9%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dartmouth?
Dartmouth's early decision acceptance rate was 26% in 2021.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dartmouth is Jan 2.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dartmouth is Mar 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Dartmouth is 33. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Dartmouth. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1550 and Above
1430 to 1550
1430 and Less
The median SAT score for Dartmouth students is 1482. Applicants with SAT scores of 1550 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Dartmouth, while applicants with SAT scores between 1430 to 1550 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1430 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Dartmouth.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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