Need-blind is an admissions decision made without knowledge of an applicant's financial need.

Dartmouth's admissions policy is "need-blind" for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. This means that applications are reviewed and accepted based solely on a student's qualifications, and not on their ability to pay. Once the Admissions office has selected the students it intends to admit to Dartmouth, the Financial Aid Office determines each student's need, and awards financial aid accordingly.