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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate6%
Acceptance Rate6%

Dartmouth Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Dartmouth, the regular decision application deadline is January 3 and the application fee costs $80.

Students who apply to Dartmouth for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Dartmouth Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Dartmouth's admissions stats.

Dartmouth 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 94.1%
Mean SAT Score 1506
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 41%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 28%
Waitlist Yes

Dartmouth College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Dartmouth College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Applying Early to Dartmouth?

Dartmouth 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 I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Dartmouth is 25%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 6%. Last year, Dartmouth admitted 669 of the 2664 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early because they hope it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Dartmouth College Admissions

Transferring to Dartmouth College

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Dartmouth

Dartmouth has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Dartmouth Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling 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 put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Dartmouth

Curious about the factors that are considered by Dartmouth during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Dartmouth for more information on admission factors.

Dartmouth 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Dartmouth, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Dartmouth's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements peer requirement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dartmouth?

Dartmouth has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 49% submitted a class rank. At Dartmouth 94.1% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98.7% were in the top 25% and 99.5% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Dartmouth College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Dartmouth directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Dartmouth looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Dartmouth has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 41% of Dartmouth's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Dartmouth?

To be competitive with other Dartmouth applicants, you should aim to earn between 1480 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Dartmouth 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1480, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Dartmouth student is 1506.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Dartmouth students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 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 720 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Dartmouth?

To be most competitive at Dartmouth, you should strive to earn between 33 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 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dartmouth students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

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

More Information on 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 you can choose whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Dartmouth's acceptance rate?

✅ Dartmouth has an acceptance rate of 6%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dartmouth?

✅ Dartmouth's early decision acceptance rate was 25% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Dartmouth?

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Dartmouth Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Dartmouth? Dartmouth is a selective institution. The Dartmouth acceptance rate is 6%. This means that the institution accepts 6 out of every 100 applicants.


Dartmouth Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dartmouth is Jan 3.

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

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Dartmouth is 34. 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 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Dartmouth SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1560


Math SAT Range

750 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1560 and Above


1480 to 1560


1480 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Dartmouth students is 1506. Applicants with SAT scores of 1560 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Dartmouth, while applicants with SAT scores between 1480 to 1560 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1480 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Dartmouth.

Dartmouth GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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