Admissions Facts & Advice

FAQs

Academics

  • Does Dartmouth require specific high school courses?

    No. Dartmouth does not have any set academic requirements. For instance, four years of a language are recommended but not required.

    We carefully review your high school’s curriculum. We look for academic rigor; you should be taking the most demanding courses available to you. 

  • Is there a minimum grade point average required for admission to Dartmouth?

    No. Each application is reviewed holistically, regardless of GPA. A top GPA in high school is one indicator that you will continue to do well in college. We also look at grade trends that help us understand your academic trajectory. If you have a particular reason for a dip in grades, please let us know about it in the "Additional Information" section of the Common Application.

  • Does Dartmouth grant credit for AP, A-Level, IB, or CLEP examinations?

    Beginning in the fall of 2014, Dartmouth will grant credit on entrance for AP or IB examinations, as well as offering exemptions and placement in some subject areas. Credit on entrance appears on the Dartmouth transcript, however it does not count towards the 35 credits required to graduate. This policy will apply to entering first-year students in the Class of 2018 and to transfer students who enroll in the fall of 2014. For more information about pre-matriculation credits, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

  • I have taken college courses. Will those credits be transferable?

    For the most part, online credits and community college credits are not transferable. Credits from other four-year universities may possibly be transferred, up to four credits for entering first-year students. However, we have a rather strict policy on accepting transfer credits and our faculty examines coursework taken at another university on a case-by-case basis. Your experience in these courses may help you place into higher-level courses, but you may not receive academic credits for levels you skip. 

Acceptance and Waiting List

  • If I am accepted and want to enroll at Dartmouth, do I send a deposit?

    No, Dartmouth does not require a deposit. Just complete the Admitted Students Reply Form on your personal portal page in Dartmouth's Application Management System and you will start receiving news about coming to Dartmouth!

  • What is a “likely letter”?

    A "likely letter" informs a student that his/her application has been reviewed and the probability of acceptance is high. All Ivy institutions use a small number of likely letters as a way to reassure highly recruited athletes and other outstanding applicants. Most students do not receive likely letters; it’s not the usual path to an acceptance. But if you get one, athlete or not, congratulations are in order!

  • What percentage of applicants are offered a place on the waiting list?

    The specific number changes from year to year, but typically fewer than 10 percent of all applicants.

  • I’m on the waiting list; should I submit additional information?

    During April you are welcome to submit a short update to your application. Past applicants on the waiting list have submitted spring term grades or a written update about their academic and extra-curricular pursuits. These may be submitted by following our "How to Make Updates"instructions. Transfer waiting list candidates may submit new material prior to May 20th.

  • I’m on the waiting list; should I visit campus to meet with an admissions officer?

    No, we don’t expect or encourage waitlisted students to visit campus in April. Members of the Admissions Committee are unable to meet individually with applicants at that time.

  • I'm on the waiting list; how long until I hear anything?

    We will try to let you know as soon as possible. If you are on the waiting list, you should commit to another university. We will notify you in late May or early June if Dartmouth is able to admit you.

  • How do I remove my name from the waiting list?

    If you have already completed the Waiting List Reply Form in Dartmouth's Application Management System stating that you would like to be on our waiting list, you can't resubmit the form yourself, so you should simply send us an email requesting to be removed from further consideration.

Admitted Students

  • If I want to take a gap year, when should I send in my request to do this?

    If you wish to take a gap year, you must submit a letter by email to the Assistant to the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid by June 1. For detailed instructions on submitting your request, visit our Gap Year page.

  • What date do classes start for the fall 2016 term at Dartmouth?

    The first day of classes is Monday, September 12, 2016. All students will be required to attend New Student Orientation before this date (see the NSO website for details). Also, many students will choose to participate in First-Year Trips, which will mean arriving in Hanover before Orientation.

  • When can I expect to receive details about when I should arrive in Hanover, where I will be living, and what academic decisions I will need to make?

    In the spring, you will start to receive more details regarding student orientation, information about housing, and information regarding academic choices. In addition, you’ll be contacted about the Dartmouth Outing Club’s First-Year Trips program.

  • Which sections of your website are most useful for admitted students to access information about new student orientation and living and learning at Dartmouth?

  • How can I connect with the other admitted students in my year?

    Join your Class’s Facebook group. Each year we create a group for the newly admitted students. You can log into Facebook to share your stories and meet your future classmates. We post the link to the group on our Admitted Students page on the Dartmouth Admissions website.

  • Where do I find visa information for international students?

    The Dartmouth Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) will provide an introductory letter in the Admission’s packet to explain the Dartmouth visa sponsorship process. OVIS will be in contact with international students during the winter/spring/summer terms to support you as you complete your visa tasks. They also publish a checklist for international students including important dates and information about the steps between admission and orientation.

  • Where do I find information about financial aid?

    If you have applied for aid, information about your application will be posted in the lower portion of your status page within our Application Management System. For general information, visit our Financial Aid Office's website.

  • How do I enroll at Dartmouth once I have been admitted and have decided to attend?

    You'll need to log in to Dartmouth's Application Management System with your email address and password (as you do when you check your application status). Close to the bottom of your personal portal page, you will see a link to the  "Admitted Students Reply Form." Just complete the form and submit it!

  • Do admitted students need to send a deposit?

    No, Dartmouth does not require a deposit.

    Just log in to the Dartmouth Application Management System then complete and submit the Admitted Students Reply Form (located near the foot of your personal status page). That’s all we need from you to officially add you to your Dartmouth class list!

  • I was accepted to Dartmouth but I can’t afford to attend. What can I do?

    Tell us! Additional information from you or your family may result in award adjustments consistent with an equitable treatment of all our students. The Financial Aid Office can also advise families about loan and monthly payment plans. Contact Dartmouth's Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to discuss your options.

  • I have been accepted to Dartmouth but I have not received a confirmation via regular mail. Does Dartmouth send out a welcome package for newly admitted students?

    Yes, we sure do. Incoming first-year students should receive a welcome package during the week following the online Admissions announcements. If you have not received anything from Dartmouth by the end of that week, please contact us and let us know. Transfer students will not receive a package, but will be directed online to information specifically for transfer students.

  • I applied to Dartmouth and I was accepted! What do I do next?

    If you have been accepted and would like to commit to enroll at Dartmouth you will need to log in to our Application Management System and complete and submit the Admitted Students Reply Form (located near the foot for your personal status page). In addition, we encourage you to check out the Admitted Students page and join your class Facebook group.

  • Are there any opportunities for early decision admitted students to visit campus before the start of the academic year?

    Admitted early decision students are welcome to visit campus at any time! The next planned event for ED admitted students is the New Student Orientation program, which takes place in September, just before classes start.

  • Does Dartmouth host April visit programs for regular decision admitted students?

    Yes, we certainly do. Students who are admitted to Dartmouth in late March (regular decision time) are invited to visit campus in April for pre-programmed days with campus tours, information sessions, student-run events, and financial aid open office hours. We also have plan-your-own visit days most weekdays in April, when you can attend information sessions and take a guided tour. We call these April visiting programs, "Dimensions of Dartmouth," and visitors can access detailed schedules for these programs toward the end of March each year.

Application Process

  • How will I know my application is complete?

    You have access to an online system that tracks receipt of the required components of the application.

  • November/January 1 is a religious holiday. Can I submit my application the next day?

    Yes.

  • Do you limit the number of students admitted from a single high school?

    No. We are aware that in many cases multiple applicants attend the same secondary school. In such cases, the decision for one candidacy will not determine the outcome of another.

  • I changed high schools; do I need to submit anything from my old school?

    We need transcripts from every school you have attended during 9th through 12th grades, as well as post-graduate years where relevant. Your current school may be able to send materials from all previous schools.

  • When I submitted my Common App I was not prompted to pay the application fee. Now I am getting an email that says my application fee is missing. What do I do?

    You may have selected the "Common App Fee Waiver" or "Dartmouth Specific Fee Waiver" and did not provide the proper documentation. If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you will need to change the payment type. You can go into "Managing Payment Method" and select "Credit Card/eCheck" to make your payment. Your should then see a message saying you have successfully submitted your Common App. Remember that the Common App is renewed each year on August 1 for admissions the following year in fall. If you start your application before August 1, you will have to begin again with a new application.

  • What is the earliest date that I can start my application on the Common App website?

    The Common Application is updated every year on August 1. It is important to wait until August 1 to start filling out your application so that you can be sure that your content will be saved for prospective admission for the fall of the following year.

  • Do you provide a checklist (showing forms to be completed with dates) to help guide students through the application process?

    Yes! We have checklists available for applicants applying at different times of the year. There are also PDF versions of the checklist that some students print out so they can check items off their list as they are completed.
     

  • How do I request a fee waiver for the Common App application fee?

    If paying the application fee would cause unusual financial hardship for you or your family, you may be eligible for a waiver. To request a fee waiver, you have two options:

    • Select “yes” in response to the fee waiver question within the fee/fee waiver section of the Common Application. Your college or guidance counselor must approve your fee waiver request.
    • Select “yes” in response to the pre-approved fee waiver question within the Dartmouth Questions section of the Common Application.

    GUIDELINES FOR requesting a common Application FEE WAIVER

    You must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need:

    • You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
    • You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
    • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
    • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
    • Your family receives public assistance.
    • You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
    • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
    • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.

    Dartmouth Pre-Approved FEE WAIVERs

    The following applicants are eligible for a Dartmouth pre-approved fee waiver:

  • I'm not sure if I should apply as a first year student or as a transfer student?

    Students who have taken college coursework that is counting towards their high school graduation should apply as first-year applicants. This includes students pursuing an associate's degree while finishing high school. Students who have completed high school and have enrolled in college, even for one term or less, must apply as a transfer applicant. Students who have completed two years or less of college coursework at the time of application are eligible to apply as a transfer student. Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for transfer or first-year admission to Dartmouth.

  • Is Dartmouth “need-blind” or “need-aware” in its admissions process?

    Dartmouth practices need-blind admissions for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students in the U.S. These applicants are admitted to the College without regard to their financial circumstances. For international students, financial need is taken into consideration as one of many factors at the time of admission.

  • What does “need-blind” mean?

    Need-blind means that a candidate’s financial need is not considered during the application review process.

  • What does “need-aware” for international students mean?

    Need-aware means that an applicant’s financial need is taken into consideration as one of many factors, including academic achievement, extracurricular endeavors and community context, during our admissions process. Dartmouth practices need aware admissions for international applicants.

    International candidacies include those from all non-U.S. citizens with the following exceptions: eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students in the U.S.

  • Is Dartmouth “need-blind” or “need-aware” in its admissions process for permanent residents and undocumented students?

    Dartmouth practices need-blind admissions for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., undocumented students in the U.S., and persons granted a refugee visa by the U.S. government. These applicants are admitted to the College without regard to their financial circumstances.

  • If my plans have changed, how can I withdraw my application?

    Applicants should complete the "Application Withdrawal Form" on their student portal to withdraw their application for admission. An email will be sent to confirm once the form is submitted.

Early Decision

  • Do I have a better chance of being admitted if I apply early?

    Early Decision applicants are admitted at a higher rate than Regular Decision applicants. The practical advantage to applying early, however, is that you learn the outcome in December. If admitted, you will attend your first choice college (Dartmouth!) and you will not have to file other applications.
    Keep in mind that the published higher percentage of applicants accepted early is somewhat misleading because it includes recruited Division 1 athletes, whose credentials have been reviewed in advance. With recruited athletes removed from the Early Decision numbers, the statistical advantage isn’t quite as large.

  • Does Dartmouth cap Early Decision admits?

    No, but we typically admit 35% to 40% of the entering class early.

  • May I re-apply Regular Decision if I was denied at Early Decision?

    No. You can only apply once per admissions cycle.

  • What percentage of students deferred in Early Decision are admitted?

    5 to 10 percent of candidates deferred in Early Decision are typically admitted.

  • If I apply under the Early Decision program, can I apply to other schools early?

    Dartmouth allows you to apply to other schools’ non-binding Early Action programs, as long as we are your only Early Decision application. Remember, under Dartmouth's Early Decision program, if you are admitted you are required to attend (though if you are deferred and later admitted you are no longer bound by the early decision agreement).
    Read the fine print of each early program carefully. Some schools use Single-Choice Early Action, and they will not permit you to apply early elsewhere.

  • Does my entire Early Decision application have to be completed by November 1?

    Your Common App should be submitted online before the deadline. Your school's portion of the application and letters of recommendation may be submitted after the deadline.  We will add them to your file as we receive them and review your application when it is complete.

  • What is the earliest date that I can start my application on the Common App website?

    The Common Application is updated every year on August 1. It is important to wait until August 1 to start filling out your application so that you can be sure that your content will be saved for prospective admission for the fall of the following year.

Gap Years

  • Can I take a Gap Year before starting at Dartmouth?

    Yes! After you’re admitted, you can request to postpone your enrollment for one year and to join the next matriculating class at Dartmouth. Here's more information about taking a Gap Year.

  • If I take a Gap Year, what happens to my financial aid award?

    You will need to re-apply for financial aid. If your family’s financial circumstances don’t change significantly, your aid award won’t change significantly. Dartmouth guarantees to meet 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students, regardless of the Gap Year.

Home School Applications

  • What materials do I submit if I am home schooled?

    There is no separate form or special application for home school students. Standardized test scores can demonstrate proficiency. We ask your home school supervisor to submit additional information on curriculum, grading scale, and evaluation. Dartmouth receives many applications from home school students, and our holistic review process means we consider each applicant within the context of their educational environment, community, and opportunities. 

  • As a home school student, whom should I ask to write my recommendations?

    We encourage you to request teacher recommendations from instructors, tutors, or academic mentors who are not family members. If you have not worked directly with individuals outside your home, a brief statement from your home school supervisor will be accepted.

  • How can a home school student demonstrate language proficiency?

    You can demonstrate language proficiency either via an SAT II subject test or via an AP exam. Either one is fine with the Admissions Office.

International Applications

  • If I attend a secondary school outside of the United States, do I need to file a different or separate application?

    No, all applicants to Dartmouth use the Common Application.

  • As an international student, do I have to submit the standardized testing required of U.S. applicants?

    Yes, the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (with Writing) are required of all applicants to Dartmouth. We recommend that all applicants submit two SAT Subject Tests (in two different subjects). The College Board or the ACT can provide you with dates and test centers in your country. (While international students who live in countries where the SAT and ACT are unavailable are not required to complete these requirements, the majority of successful applications to Dartmouth include completed testing.)

  • If English is not my first language, am I required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS?

    If your first language is not English, you are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS. If you attend an English-speaking school, then we will waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. The vast majority of students admitted to Dartmouth score better than a 100 on the TOEFL exam, or better than 7 on IELTS.

    If you are a transfer applicant currently attending an English-language academic program and your TOEFL score has expired, you don’t need to take the exam again.

  • What if my country or school has a different grading system than the U.S.?

    We measure academic success by examining your academic record within your school's grading system. Dartmouth admissions officers are familiar with a variety of international grading systems.

  • If I am an American citizen who currently attends school abroad, should I apply to Dartmouth as an International Student?

    Your citizenship is one thing and your schooling is another. We will evaluate your candidacy as that of a U.S. citizen in an international school. Your secondary school counselor will have the opportunity to provide information about your school’s primary language of instruction, course offerings and grading system.

  • Can you read recommendations written in languages other than English?

    We suggest that recommendations be translated to English before they are submitted, and that the translator sign and date all such documents. Translations are verified once the documents have been submitted.

  • What does “need aware” for international students mean?

    Need aware means that an applicant’s financial need is taken into consideration as one of many factors, including academic achievement, extracurricular endeavors and community context, during our admissions process. Dartmouth practices need aware admissions for international applicants.

    International candidacies include those from all non-U.S. citizens with the following exceptions: eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students in the U.S.

Life at Dartmouth

  • What percentage of students live on campus at Dartmouth?

    Over 85% of students live on campus in our residence halls, academic affinity programs, and co-ed/fraternity/sorority housing. The remaining 15% live close to campus in either college-owned apartments or other local rental housing options.

  • Does Dartmouth have a Greek system?

    Dartmouth has a Greek system made up of three co-ed organizations, 17 fraternities, and 11 sororities. Students can join a Greek-letter organization beginning in their sophomore year.

  • What is the Dartmouth Outing Club?

    The Dartmouth Outing Club is the oldest and largest collegiate outing club in the country. The DOC organizes student hiking and camping trips, provides outdoor leader and medical/safety education, maintains over seventy miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and oversees the "First-Year Trips" program.

  • I want to learn more about living at Dartmouth. Where can I find more information?

    Visit the Living at Dartmouth section of our website to learn more about undergraduate housing, dining, diversity, student groups & activities, arts across campus, athletics & recreation, service, sustainability, religious & spiritual life, health & wellness, safety & security, and the outdoors.
     

Peer Recommendation

  • Who should write my peer reference?

    You might ask a friend from school, or camp, or your neighborhood. It might be a teammate, someone from your community of faith, or a co-worker.  Perhaps a cousin, a sibling: it doesn’t matter. We don’t want another letter from an teacher, coach, or other supervisory presence in your life; we have enough of those. Ask a peer who can provide fresh insight into your interests and your character.

  • My peer recommender does not speak English as her first language. Will you judge my application based on her writing?

    No, we are not grading the peer evaluation! Just be sure that the person who writes your Peer Rec can express your strengths and the qualities that you have to share.

  • I want my best friend to write my Peer Recommendation, but she is also applying to Dartmouth. Is it okay for her to write it?

    Honestly, we don't care who writes the recommendation, as long as this person is able to provide us with context about who you are, and what you could bring to our college community.

  • Where can I find the peer evaluation form?

    The form is available within the Common Application. Dartmouth requires one "Other Recommendation"—this is the peer evaluation.

Strategy and Advice

  • Does it improve my chances if I demonstrate interest by visiting, calling, emailing, attending college fairs, or taking part in web events?

    No, your completed application is all the demonstrated interest we need. We don’t track visits, communications, college fairs, or web events to enhance or detract from anyone’s application.

  • Is it good to submit extra recommendations with my application?

    We review supplementary recommendations, but they aren’t usually necessary. An extra letter from someone who knows you well from a significantly different setting may be useful; generic letters from distant connections can detract from the impact you’re trying to make.

  • Should I submit my IB extended essay or another research paper with my application?

    Generally speaking, it would not do a lot of good for you to submit an entire IB extended essay or additional research paper with your application. We don’t review lengthy supplemental materials.

  • How do I impress Dartmouth with my essays?

    Make sure your essays illustrate your personality! Everything you say should help us understand those intangibles that can't be easily reflected in a resume. Show qualities like sense of humor, passion, intellectual curiosity, self-awareness, and social-awareness. Your writing lets us get to know you and we read every word. Help us envision what you'll bring to Dartmouth.

  • Should I send Dartmouth my athletic "highlights" video?

    If you are a student-athlete with a keen interest in a particular sport, we encourage you to contact the coach at Dartmouth directly. Dartmouth Admissions does not accept "athletic supplements" from the Common Application, and we do not review athletic videos or portfolios. Contact information for coaches can be found on the Dartmouth Sports site.

  • Do admissions officers check my Facebook profile?

    Routine web and social media checks are not part of our normal process. Anything published online is public information, however, and we reserve the right to use public information when making admissions decisions. Sometimes the web can be a helpful tool in understanding the context or community of a particular applicant. 

  • Should I attend a local info session if I already attended one on campus?

    If you've already visited campus, the information session might be somewhat repetitive, but we can answer any new questions you have.

  • How do you evaluate music/art supplements?

    Applicants with extraordinary talent in the fine or performing arts may submit supplementary materials for review. The arts supplement is an optional component of the application. You don’t have to submit a portfolio or demo to major in studio arts, music, or any other discipline, nor does submitting an arts supplement mean you will be required to study any specific subject.

  • I graduated from high school ten years ago. Can I still apply?

    Yes! While most Dartmouth students enroll directly after high school, a number of students at the College have spent anywhere from a year to several decades or more out of school before attending. The experiences they're able to share and the perspectives they bring add to the diversity of our community.

Testing

  • If I re-take the standardized tests, which results does Dartmouth consider?

    We consider the highest component scores from the SAT, even if these results are from different dates. For the ACT, the committee considers the highest composite score and does not combine sub-scores from multiple test dates. 

  • When is the latest I can take the SAT or ACT?

    Early Decision (application deadline: November 1st)

    • Last test date for SAT or Subject Test: November.

    • Last test date for ACT: October
.

    *Be sure the College Board or ACT knows you're applying to Dartmouth ED so we receive your scores when they're ready. You do not need to rush your scores.

    Regular Decision (application deadline: January 1st)

    • Last test date for SAT or Subject Test: January.

    • Last test date for ACT: December.
  • What SAT Subject Test scores should I submit?

    We only consider your highest two SAT Subject Test scores from 2 different Subject Tests. It is totally fine to take both the Math I and Math II exams, or to take language exams in which you are a native speaker. (We generally discourage applicants from submitting two scores from the same language such as “Spanish” and “Spanish with listening,” unless they're also submitting scores from other exams.)

  • Should I take the SAT Subject Tests related to my academic interest or intended major?

    No, you may take whatever Subject Tests you choose.
    You'll probably do the best in subjects you like most and this can help us understand your academic strengths.
    Some subject tests scores may help with placement at Dartmouth and give you a head start on your desired concentration, but you will also have the opportunity to take placement exams during orientation.

  • What test scores will you look at if I have taken the SAT, Subject Tests, or ACT multiple times?

    We look at your best scores. If you submit scores from the SAT and ACT, we will look at whichever comparable score is higher. We don’t recommend excessive testing. Making the most out of your high school opportunities is more important than repeatedly taking standardized tests.

  • If I submit my ACT scores, do I also need to submit SAT Subject Test scores?

    We recommend that all applicants, regardless of if they are submitting ACT or SAT Test scores, submit two different SAT Subject Test scores.

  • Do I need to send in AP Exam scores with my application for admission?

    If you have AP scores, we strongly encourage you to submit those scores to us by reporting them under the "Tests" section of the Common Application.

  • Can I use Score Choice for the SAT? 

    Yes. Dartmouth permits the use of Score Choice. However, we encourage you to send us ALL of your scores.

  • Is there minimum test score on the SAT or ACT required for admission to Dartmouth?

    No. We review each application carefully, regardless of standardized testing results. Take a look at our recent testing stats, but keep in mind that we treat every application holistically. 

  • What is Dartmouth's policy concerning the new SAT?

    The College Board's redesigned SAT is scheduled to launch in spring 2016 and will consist of two sections and an optional writing portion. If you are applying for admission to enroll at Dartmouth in the fall of 2017 or later, your results from either the current or the redesigned version of the SAT, with writing, will be accepted, we do not have a preference. However, we will consider your highest “superscored” results from either the current or the redesigned SAT; we will not combine scores from both versions. The ACT, with writing, will also remain an equally acceptable standardized test for application to Dartmouth. 

  • Will the writing section of the new SAT be required?

    Yes. Similar to the current SAT requirement, Dartmouth will require applicants to submit scores from the new SAT with writing.

The Dartmouth Plan

  • I’ve heard that Dartmouth students go to school during the summer. Is that true?

    Yes! Dartmouth runs year round and our students love spending a summer on campus. Being in Hanover for summer term is not only a blast, it allows you to find internships, jobs, and research opportunities during the academic year when other college students are not available. The D-Plan makes this flexibility possible.

  • For international students, how do US visa laws affect the D-plan?

    The impact that a student's immigration and visa status has on the D-Plan will vary. Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) is prepared to address a wide range of questions and to provide services to students throughout their Dartmouth careers.

  • How does the D-Plan work for varsity athletes? Can athletes also study abroad?

    Dartmouth's ten-week terms and year-round academic calendar provide more flexibility than traditional semesters. Varsity athletes and coaches typically work together to identify the best time to pursue an off-campus academic program. Our intercollegiate athletes participate in study abroad programs at the same rate as most Dartmouth students. 

Transfer Applications

  • Is there a minimum college grade point average required for transfer admission?

    No. We review the academic record of each transfer applicant closely, looking at the courses taken and the grades received over time. Most admitted students have a grade point average higher than 3.7.

  • How many new transfer students enroll at Dartmouth each year?

    Between 15 and 25 new transfer students enroll at Dartmouth each year. Over 700 students apply for admission as transfer students.

  • Is it better to apply as an entering sophomore or as a junior? Does Dartmouth have a transfer preference?

    No. Regardless of how many credits an applicant has earned before coming to Dartmouth, the admissions selection process for transfers is the same. Dartmouth does not seek to enroll a specific number of new sophomores or juniors into any one class year.

  • I am a transfer applicant. Do I need to submit a mid-term report?

    No. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts for all college-level work completed to date along with their secondary school transcripts, but we do not require a mid-term update. Some applicants submit them, but this is not necessary.

  • How do I add materials to my transfer application?

    We accept additional materials to supplement your application with new information. Don’t weigh down your application file with unnecessary information but you can submit your additional materials in the student's portion of the Common App for Transfer Students. Here's more info on Additional Materials.

  • I'm applying for transfer admission. Do I need to submit the Common Application's Secondary School Report?

    We will need your secondary school to submit your transcript. For most applicants, the Common Application's Secondary School Report is the most sensible vehicle for the transcript, but we can accept an official transcript from your school without this form. Similarly, if your secondary school guidance counselor is not able to complete all portions of the Secondary School Report, it is fine if he/she submits a partially completed report along with your transcript.

  • Does Dartmouth interview transfer applicants?

    No, we do not offer interviews to transfer applicants.

  • I'm not sure if I should apply as a first year student or as a transfer student?

    Students who have taken college coursework that is counting towards their high school graduation should apply as first-year applicants. This includes students pursuing an associate's degree while finishing high school. Students who have completed high school and have enrolled in college, even for one term or less, must apply as a transfer applicant. Students who have completed two years or less of college coursework at the time of application are eligible to apply as a transfer student. Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for transfer or first-year admission to Dartmouth.

  • Can transfer applicants submit art supplements?

    No. Dartmouth does not accept art supplements from transfer students.

  • Does Dartmouth accept spring transfer students?

    No, all transfer students at Dartmouth matriculate in September.

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