"I was excited to find that Dartmouth is a very vibrant quilt. There's no 'typical' to compare yourself against. Our curiosity and our humanity are what bind us. We connect to one another with open hearts."

—Lawrence Abu-Hammour '19

 

Be Extraordinary Here

No doubt about it. Applying to Dartmouth has the potential to change your life—but also the lives of the students and faculty you will interact with here on campus. Every student we admit brings something unique to the community: a combination of qualities, experiences, and point-of-view that isn’t duplicated by any other student. So come to Dartmouth. Be extraordinary here. You’ll fit right in.

Eligibility

Transfer Eligibility

  • Students who have matriculated at a college and who have completed two years or less of college coursework at the date of application are eligible for transfer admission.

  • Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent are not eligible for admission to Dartmouth.

  • Students who have taken college coursework that is counting towards their high school graduation must apply for first-year admission. This includes students pursuing an associate's degree while finishing high school.

  • Students who are not currently enrolled in school, or whose education has been interrupted, may apply for admission and often use the "Additional Information" portion of the application to provide background on their experiences and their educational path.

  • An applicant's anticipated year of graduation or the number of credits completed within the guidelines stated above will not have an impact on the outcome of an application. Because Dartmouth enrolls such a small number of transfer students each year, the Admissions Committee does not need to balance the numbers of students entering as new sophomores or juniors.

Transfer AdmissionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

Dates, Deadlines, and Forms

We’re excited to learn about you, your talents, and your potential. Start here to see important dates and deadlines, and to find links to the forms you need to complete.

1. Dartmouth Admission Application Goes Live for Transfer Applicants

  • October 1

    All candidates applying for transfer admission to Dartmouth must use the Common Application. Add Dartmouth to the "My Colleges" section and you will be on your way.

Transfer AdmissionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

1. Dartmouth Admission Applications Go Live

  • August 1

    All candidates applying for first-year admission to Dartmouth must use an online form. You may apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Dartmouth has no preference of application platform. Add Dartmouth to the "My Colleges" section and you will be on your way. Check our Eligibility Guidelines to help guide what type of applicant you are.

Early DecisionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students
Regular DecisionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

2. Early Decision Timeline

  • November 1

    Early Decision Application due

  • November 1

    Application Fee or Fee Waiver due

  • Early November

    Last date for testing

  • Mid November

    Respond to (optional) Alumni Interview invitation

  • November 15

    Financial Aid application materials due

  • Mid December

    Early Decision admission notification. Financial aid tentative award notification for admitted financial aid applicants.

  • Late December

    Intent to enroll deadline

  • January to February

    Mid-year report due.

    Early Decision deferred applicants should submit a brief update regarding recent notable academic, extracurricular, and/or personal accomplishments; some applicants may wish to submit other material, such as new standardized exam scores and/or an additional letter of recommendation.

  • On or before April 1

    Admission notification for Early Decision deferred applicants. Financial aid award notification for admitted financial aid applicants.

  • April

    Admitted financial aid applicants review and appeal financial aid packages (if necessary).

  • May 1

    Intent to enroll deadline for recently admitted Early Decision applicants

  • June

    Final Secondary School Report and transcript due

    Deadline to request a Gap Year

Early DecisionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

2. Regular Decision Timeline

 

  • December

    Last date for testing

  • January 2

    Regular Decision Application due

  • January 2

    Application Fee or Fee Waiver due

  • January through February

    Respond to (optional) Alumni Interview invitation

  • February 1

    Financial Aid application materials due

  • On or before April 1

    Regular Decision admission notification. Financial aid award notification for admitted financial aid applicants.

  • April

    Admitted financial aid applicants review and appeal financial aid packages (if necessary).

  • May 1

    Intent to enroll deadline

  • June

    Final secondary school report and transcript are due

  • June 1

    Deadline to request a Gap Year

Regular DecisionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

2. Transfer Timeline

  • December

    Last date for testing

  • March 1

    Transfer Application due

  • March 1

    Application Fee or Fee Waiver due

  • Early May

    Transfer admission notification. Financial aid award notification for admitted financial aid applicants

  • May

    Admitted financial aid applicants review and appeal (if necessary) financial aid packages.

  • Late May

    Intent to enroll deadline

  • May and June

    Final spring term college transcript, including end-of-year grades, due (required for all admitted students and applicants on the Wait List)

    Assemble transcript and course syllabi for review by the Dartmouth Registrar and academic departments to determine transferrable credits (required for all enrolling students)

     

Transfer AdmissionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

3 Required Transfer Application Components

Transfer AdmissionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

3.1 Required for International Students

TOEFL or IELTS unless English is your first language or the primary language of instruction at your current secondary or post-secondary school.

Early DecisionInternational Students
Regular DecisionInternational Students
QuestbridgeInternational Students
Transfer AdmissionInternational Students

4. Recommended Application Components

Early DecisionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students
Regular DecisionUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students

QuestBridge Application

If you are interested in QuestBridge programs, including the National College Match, you should apply directly through the QuestBridge website. Check our Eligibility Guidelines to help you decide which application process is best for you.

QuestbridgeUS Citizen or Permanent ResidentInternational StudentsUndocumented Students