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Dartmouth Admissions

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 Admissions Stats at a Glance

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%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Dartmouth?

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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Dartmouth Hard To Get Into?

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.

What's Most Important to Get In to Dartmouth?

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.

Admissions Factors at Dartmouth

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Dartmouth Application Requirements

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dartmouth?

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
4.0 GPA 49.6%

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.

What's a Good SAT Score for Dartmouth?

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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What's a Good ACT Score for Dartmouth?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Dartmouth College

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

Dartmouth Admissions FAQs

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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Dartmouth Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

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

Dartmouth ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

Dartmouth SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1550


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1550 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

Dartmouth GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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