While many aspects of the application process are the same for everyone, veterans should consider a few options.
Military service can create gaps in educational enrollment, and many veterans pursue part-time or online coursework during their service. Academic records prior to serving in the military may no longer accurately reflect your abilities. Dartmouth does require the submission of all secondary school and college or university transcripts with your application, but we will account for the context of your experiences.
Dartmouth’s Admissions Committee assigns great value to the personal qualities and characteristics gained through military service, but we also encourage you to enroll in college courses prior to applying. Recent and successful completion of challenging academic course work will give us the most relevant evidence of your ability to succeed at Dartmouth.
First Year or Transfer Application?
If you have been enrolled in university-level coursework during your service, you may consider applying to Dartmouth as a transfer applicant.
Some veterans take college courses after they exit the service, and then apply as transfer applicants.
Please note that the Dartmouth faculty evaluates each individual course taken by every enrolling student before awarding credit; therefore, it can be difficult to predict how many courses taken at another college or university will count towards a Dartmouth degree.
There are multiple pathways to applying to Dartmouth:
- Transfer Application
- First Year Application (Early Decision)
- First Year Application (Regular Decision)
The Common Application
All applicants, including veterans, use the Common Application (posted after August 1 each year) to summarize their academic and work histories and to highlight activities and interests outside of employment and formal educational settings. Detail explanations of unique circumstances and summarize your service experiences in the “Additional Information” section.
Will Corbett '10 – Assistant Director of Admissions