Veterans

First order of business: thank you for your service. Dartmouth College admires and applauds the commitment and training of veterans and we welcome your applications.

Dartmouth President Emeritus James Wright, a United States Marine, helped to write the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, a bill to expand the educational benefits made available to post-9/11 veterans.
Recent News

Dartmouth College is proud to announce a new partnership with the Service to School (S2S) VetLink Program. An early leader in supporting Post-9/11 student veterans, Dartmouth joins eighteen partner institutions committed to transforming higher education and college access for student veterans. Read the full press release from Service to School.

Veterans and Dartmouth

Dartmouth College has a long history of supporting men and women of the armed forces, from World War II to the Iraq War. Veterans often come to Dartmouth with unique knowledge and experience that enhances our academically motivated and diverse student body. At Dartmouth, your access to professors and resources, the flexibility to take advantage of all opportunities, and the global engagement of our community will forge a valuable educational experience. And we are not the only ones who think so. Dartmouth was selected as a Top School in the 2016 Military Advance Education & Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #2 in top universities for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.

  • Dartmouth is a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) without limitation on the number of students. For more information, contact our Financial Aid Office.
  • Dartmouth is a proud partner of VetLink, a program that supports Veterans with one-on-one mentorship through the college application process.
  • Dartmouth is a college partner of the United States Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program that supports Marines to pursue higher education after their service.
Considerations

Military service can create gaps in educational enrollment, and many veterans pursue part-time or online coursework during their service. Academic records prior to serving in the military may no longer accurately reflect your abilities. Dartmouth does require the submission of all secondary school and college or university transcripts with your application, but we will account for the context of your experiences.

Dartmouth’s Admissions Committee assigns great value to the personal qualities and characteristics gained through military service, but we also encourage you to enroll in college courses prior to applying. Recent and successful completion of challenging academic course work will give us the most relevant evidence of your ability to succeed at Dartmouth.

First-Year or Transfer Application? 

If you have been enrolled in university-level coursework during your service, you may consider applying to Dartmouth as a transfer applicant.

Some veterans take college courses after they exit the service, and then apply as transfer applicants.

Please note that the Dartmouth faculty evaluates each individual course taken by every enrolling student before awarding credit; therefore, it can be difficult to predict how many courses taken at another college or university will count towards a Dartmouth degree.

The Application

Veterans qualify for an application fee waiver when applying for admission to Dartmouth.

All applicants, including veterans, use the Common Application or the Coalition Application (Dartmouth has no preference of application platform, however, any Transfer applicants must use the Common Application) to summarize their academic and work histories and to highlight activities and interests outside of employment and formal educational settings. Detail explanations of unique circumstances and summarize your service experiences in the “Additional Information” section.

Dartmouth Veterans

Veterans are supported academically through the Dean of the College Office. The Dean of Undergraduate Veterans, Anne Hudak, works to the support in enrolled and transfer undergraduate veterans’ academic, social, and community life at Dartmouth. Additionally, there are other groups ready to enhance your experience.

Dartmouth College Army ROTC
Our ROTC website has information about the ROTC programs and scholarships.
Dartmouth Graduate Veterans Association
DGVA supports veterans in the graduate studies programs at Dartmouth College.
Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni (DUSA)
DUSA is a network of alumni who have served in the United States armed forces. The group has an annual weekend on campus over Veteran’s Day, and it provides networking and job support to undergraduate veterans.
Tuck Veterans Club
A community of U.S. and foreign graduate students committed to providing resources and support to veterans at Tuck and their families through integration, recruitment, and veterans’ networking initiatives.

Contact

Paul E. Sunde - Director of Admissions