Explore the intersection of academics, engagement, and leadership at Dartmouth College.


Dartmouth Bound • July 20-22, 2020

This multi-day program for rising high school seniors takes place in July and offers students insight into the application process and a preview of college life.

The 2020 Dartmouth Bound Program is no longer accepting applications


Dartmouth Bound takes place in July and is designed to provide high school seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds and communities with an opportunity to preview college by immersion in student life at Dartmouth. Participants will live in a Dartmouth residence hall and will attend workshops on the admissions and financial aid processes. The program encompasses the academic dimensions of Dartmouth by providing access to classes and interaction with our faculty. Also, there will be ample time to enjoy meaningful conversations with current students and staff on how to weave academics, social engagement, and leadership into your college experience.


Program Highlights
Admissions officers will walk you through our individualized review process and provide tips for completing college applications. You will have the chance to review real applications to the College as part of a mock admissions committee exercise. Admissions officers will be available to you throughout your stay to address individuals’ questions about the college application process.

In addition to attending regularly scheduled classes, you will attend sessions led by our featured faculty members. These offer a chance for you to hear a faculty member speak about how his or her work contributes to the themes of academics, social engagement, and leadership. Additionally, faculty will show the relevance of undergraduate classes and research to the great issues facing us in the world today.

You'll have the opportunity to tour the campus, which will help you gain a general orientation of the Dartmouth campus and facilities, as well as specific areas of interest.

Need-based financial aid makes a Dartmouth education affordable for students. Our financial aid officers will provide an overview of the financial aid application process and address how special circumstances are taken into consideration. Admissions and financial aid staff will help you decipher the vocabulary of “full need,” “Early Decision,” “Regular Decision” and other terms that will empower you to make a smart financial choice while navigating the college process.

Throughout your time on campus you will connect with current Dartmouth students who will tell you about their college experience and provide answers to your questions about what campus life is really like.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!


Dartmouth Bound had a huge impact on my decision to apply to and attend Dartmouth. Staying in a student dorm with a host allowed me to get a strong sense of how Dartmouth students spend their time and gave me a better understanding of the diversity on campus. I also had the opportunity to attend classes, tour campus, and learn about the various student organizations that Dartmouth had. This helped me discover what parts of campus I could see myself being a part of. For me, the most impactful aspect of this experience was meeting the other students who were a part of the program because I began to make connections and friendships with people who are now a significant part of my life at Dartmouth. Ultimately, Dartmouth Bound made it easy for me to call Dartmouth home for the next 4 years. —Alejandro Cuan-Martinez '20

I remember that first Coach ride to the Big Green; grateful to have the opportunity, but very hesitant being away from a big city. By the time Bound was over, riding back on the Coach, I knew Dartmouth was the one. —Saba Maheen '20

Dartmouth Bound was, and I am not joking, the best few days of my life. After my experience I'd always jokingly tell my mother that if I didn't get accepted into Dartmouth I wouldn't attend college, it seems to have worked out! My favorite thing about Bound is that it was just another way for me to foster community at Dartmouth. The other participants I met were from all across the world and that was my first time getting to know more about other US states and even ones in other countries. It is also awesome to now be a student and having maintained friendships with those who I met while at bound. Not to mention, the Professors I met were awesome and it was very clear that they too were very genuine. There was a genuine care for one another that I felt while participating in Dartmouth bound, but there was also the genuine care for academics present. I loved that there was a perfect balance and from that point forward, I knew these were the types of people I wanted to spend 4 years of my life with. Here I am two almost three years years in and Dartmouth Bound made me feel a comfort I still feel today! —Amanda McIntyre '22 

Dartmouth Bound was such an amazing experience for me. I met  friends from different states. These are friends that I'm taking with me for a lifetime, especially since some of them will also be attending Dartmouth. During Bound, my RA and all other students were completely honest about the Dartmouth experience which created a space where I could ask what I really wanted to know. The different activities throughout the day are also not completely Dartmouth-specific so I was able to learn about both the college process as a whole and Dartmouth College. The ability to be on campus is amazing because, to me, it was the only place that felt right. —Anamaria Torres '24