Essay

Make sure your essay illustrates your personality! 

Applicants to Dartmouth are required to complete three essays – a personal statement and two brief supplemental (writing supplement) essays.

Writing supplement prompts included in Dartmouth's application for admission to the Class of 2023

The Common Application and Coalition application both offer a variety of topics to choose from for your personal statement as well as access to Dartmouth’s supplemental essay prompts.

Your essays should help us understand those intangibles that can’t easily be reflected in a resume. Show us the qualities that make you you. Your sense of humor, your passion, your intellectual curiosity, your self-awareness, or social awareness, or some mix of these. Your writing lets us get to know you and we read every word. Help us envision what you'll bring to Dartmouth.

You may apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application—Dartmouth has no preference of application platform and the essay prompts are identical.