Admissions Facts & Advice


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.