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.

Dartmouth College offers veterans the opportunity to apply as first-year students, using the Common App, or as transfer students, using the College's own transfer application. The first-year application deadlines and notification dates are November 1 and mid-December for early decision, and January 3 and late March for regular decision. The transfer application deadline and notification dates are March 1 and early May.

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 Service To School's 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.

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? 

Veterans are welcome to apply for first-year or transfer admission.

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

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

Dartmouth is a Service To School partner institution. Service To School's VetLink program provides free one-on-one application counseling to U.S. military veterans.

All applicants, including veterans, are encouraged to use the application to summarize their academic and work histories and to highlight activities and interests outside of employment and formal educational settings. Detailed explanations of unique circumstances and summaries of your service experiences may be offered via the submission information, such as the Service To School VetLink Addendum.

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

Dartmouth Veterans

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

Student Veterans Association of Dartmouth College
The Student Veterans Association of Dartmouth aims to unite, advocate, and mobilize veterans in the Dartmouth community and ensure their voices are heard.
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.


Kate Featherston - Assistant Director of Admissions