Does Dartmouth require specific high school courses?


An applicant is expected to have pursued the most demanding curriculum offered by the high school(s) attended. In schools that follow a US-based curriculum, five “major” subjects are required through the senior year. A student is admitted to Dartmouth College without a major designation but there are specific recommendations for students planning a course of study in STEM disciplines.

We recommend a course of study that includes a minimum of:

  • English: 4 years with a preference for writing-intensive literature courses
  • Mathematics: 4 years, through calculus for students interested in engineering and the STEM disciplines
  • History and social science: 3 years
  • Science: 3 years of laboratory science with 4 years including physics for students considering engineering
  • Foreign language: 3 years of a single language (ancient or modern) with 4 preferred