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Three Possible Decisions

Early Decision applications are reviewed in the same manner as applications for regular admission. Candidacies will receive one of three possible decisions:

  • Admitted. Congratulations! If admitted early, you will be expected to enroll at Dartmouth and withdraw any applications you have submitted to other colleges. Admitted students who have applied for financial aid will receive an estimated financial aid award with their decision.
  • Deferred. The Admissions Committee will review all deferred candidacies again during our regular admissions process. Deferred applicants who are admitted during our regular process have until May 1 to reply to our offer of admission.
  • Denied. Applicants whose candidacies have been denied in the Early Decision application process can’t reapply until the following academic year.

Application Eligibility

  • Students who are currently attending high school who anticipate graduating prior to enrolling at Dartmouth are eligible to apply for first-year admission.
  • Students who are pursuing their high school education through independent study or a home school program are eligible to apply for first-year admission.
  • Students who are currently dual-enrolled in college and high school but have not yet graduated are eligible to apply for first-year admission. This includes students pursuing an associate's degree while finishing high school.
  • Individuals who have completed high school and have not matriculated at a college may apply for first-year admission. If your education has been interrupted, you are encouraged to include details about your non-academic experiences in your application for admission.
  • Students who have completed high school and have matriculated at a college, even if they have attended for one term or less, must apply for transfer admission.
  • Individuals who have completed more than two full years of university-level coursework or who have already earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for admission.

The Early Decision Process and Commitment

  • If Dartmouth is your clear first choice, you are welcome to submit a binding Early Decision application for admission. The early process will enable you to receive a decision in mid-December and, if admitted, enable you to conclude your college search process without having to submit additional applications to other schools.
  • Early Decision applicants are required to sign the Common Application’s Early Decision Agreement, which commits the applicant to enroll at Dartmouth if admitted. In other words, the agreement is binding.
  • Applicants may apply to other schools through non-restricted and non-binding application processes, but are prohibited from submitting binding early applications to other colleges. If admitted early to Dartmouth and another school, the applicant will be expected to enroll at Dartmouth and decline any other offer of admission.
  • Applicants admitted early to Dartmouth are required to withdraw any pending applications to other schools and may not initiate any new applications to other schools.
  • Dartmouth guarantees to meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students and provides admitted early applicants with estimated financial aid awards. In the event that an aid award is not sufficient, families are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office with any concerns they may have. In the unlikely event that the Financial Aid Office and the family cannot reach an agreement regarding appropriate aid, the College will release the admitted student from their commitment to enroll.

 

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