International Students

Many Cultures, One Community

At Dartmouth, diversity is one of our most valuable resources. It's fundamental to the learning experience and a core feature of the campus environment. The members of the undergraduate Class of 2023 hail from 57 countries—almost one-third of the world's nations—and make up the most geographically diverse class ever to matriculate at the College.

An image of international flags in front of Rauner

Flags from international students' countries are a tradition at Dartmouth's commencement ceremony.

"Every day I feel like I know more at lunchtime than I did in the morning. I've especially enjoyed meeting other international students and engaging in cross-cultural dialogue with them about their experiences and home countries."

— Tehut Biru '21, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Applying to Dartmouth as an International Student

International students' applications to Dartmouth are evaluated in the same manner as all other applications: the Dartmouth Admissions Committee uses a holistic and individualized review process to make sure we appreciate each candidacy in its entirety. As such, our evaluation goes beyond courses, grades, and test scores. We seek to understand each applicant within their context, which for international students may extend to the national curriculum, availability of extracurriculars, and access to standardized testing. As part of the holistic review, we evaluate school transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, essays, and other information our applicants provide about how they invest their time when they are not in school.

Explore our most frequently asked questions about the international student admission process:

Who is considered an international student by Dartmouth?

If I attend a secondary school outside of the United States, do I need to file a different application?

What if my country or school has a different curriculum or grading system than the U.S.?

As an international student, do I have to submit the standardized testing required of U.S. applicants?

If English is not my first language, am I required to submit a language proficiency test?

Does Dartmouth accept InitialView interviews?

Are recommendations written in languages other than English accepted?

If my school doesn't have a counselor, who should I ask to write the recommendation traditionally written by a school counselor?

What do I need to know about the supplemental essay response options?

How do I submit supplemental materials?

Should I apply as a first-year student or as a transfer student?

As an international student am I eligible for financial aid?

What does "need-aware" for international students mean?

International Student Voices

Resources for International Students

International students at Dartmouth enjoy access to a robust and varied group of services, programming, and other opportunities to enrich their experience at the College. Below are some of the resources available.

Office of Visa and Immigration Services
Once admitted, the College's Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) guides international students throughout the visa application process. Learn more about how OVIS supports international students, scholars, faculty, and staff on campus through immigration sponsorship on their website

Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL)
OPAL engages students in identity, community, and leadership development. It provides academic and sociocultural advising, designs and facilitates educational programs, and serves as advocates for all students and communities. They provide international student advising and programming, including International Pre-Orientation, International Student Mentoring, International Community Socials, and the International Friendship Family Program. 

International Student Association
The Dartmouth International Students' Association (ISA) is a campus group that represents the interests of Dartmouth's international students and organizes campus-wide programming to promote international and intercultural understanding. The ISA fosters diversity and learning at Dartmouth by designing engaging events that further students intellectually and emotionally while supporting engagement with the greater Dartmouth community.

Global Village
Dartmouth's Global Village is a residential community offering an interdisciplinary, integrated learning experience that holistically equips students to thrive as ethical, engaged, and responsible world citizens and scholars. Living and learning together, residents of the Global Village aim to expand their worldview, hone their intercultural skills, and build relationships within a multicultural, multinational, and multidisciplinary community.

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