Most Commonly Searched Terms The college admissions process involves terminology you might not encounter anywhere else. Use this online glossary to get up to speed on key admissions words and phrases. Application Management System Dartmouth's application portal for viewing application status and making updates. Early Decision Students applying through the Early Decision cycle have the opportunity to gain early acceptance. Admission is “binding” which means students admitted to Dartmouth early are required to enroll. Holistic Admissions Holistic admissions is grounded in the concept that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts. At Dartmouth, this idea is at the forefront of our application review process. Recommendations Dartmouth requires a counselor recommendation, two teacher recommendations, and strongly encourages a peer recommendation. Regular Decision Students applying through the Regular Decision cycle have the opportunity to gain acceptance in the spring and, if admitted, have until May 1 to either accept or decline their offer. Standardized Testing Dartmouth requires standardized testing scores as part of your application. Writing Supplement The writing supplement includes questions specific to Dartmouth that help the Admissions Committee gain a better sense of how Dartmouth and you might be a good “fit” for each other.