Admissions Visits & Programs

Dartmouth Bound FAQs

Answers to your questions about our Dartmouth Bound visit progams.

We have collected your most commonly asked questions about our high school visit programs here. If you any have further questions, please contact us via email through our Contact Us page, or call us at (800) 860-1294 and press 6 to speak with a member of our staff, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. We look forward to hearing from you!


Who will be considered for the programs?
For the Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program you must be a rising high school senior to participate. For the Native American Community Program you must be a high school senior at the time of the program. Dartmouth Bound programs are only available to students who live and/or attend high school in the United States.

What are the costs of the program?
Dartmouth Bound programs are free. We’ll cover the cost of your transportation to-and-from as well as your room and meals.

What kind of transportation assistance can I expect if I am selected to attend a Dartmouth Bound program?
Dartmouth College will purchase tickets on your behalf and connect with you to ensure you have everything you need to make the door-to-door trip to, and from, campus. If your travel to campus will be part of a larger trip, or if you have unique travel needs, don’t worry, we’ll work with you.

Do you require SAT or ACT scores to attend the program?
When applying for the Dartmouth Bound programs, standardized test score submission is encouraged but not required. We approach reading applications holistically rather than focusing on any single part of an applicant's profile. If you apply Dartmouth for first-year admission, you will be required to submit either the SAT or ACT with Writing, and we recommend submitting two SAT Subject Tests.

Can I apply to more than one Dartmouth Bound program?
No. You may only apply for participation in one program. Select the one that fits best with your interests.

What do you expect from a letter of recommendation?
A useful letter of recommendation will shed light on who you are as a student and as community member. Your letter can come from anyone in your school or community who knows you well: a teacher, guidance counselor, tribal leader, or other mentor. The person writing your recommendation should speak to your personal strengths and potential.

When will I be notified if I am accepted for participation in a Bound Program?
Each program has a different deadline and decision release date. Please check the webpage for your program of interest for an estimated release date.

I live outside the United States, am I still eligible for these programs?
Unfortunately, we can only offer Dartmouth Bound programs to students who live and/or attend high school in the United States.

Does Dartmouth have a protection policy in place for minors?
Yes. You can read Dartmouth's Minor Protection Policy here.

Where can I find out more information about Dartmouth College?
The best way to find out more about Dartmouth is to explore our website. Take a Virtual Tour, read about admissions as well as academics and student life. We also encourage students to monitor the Dartmouth Comes to You page for information about when an admissions officer might be conducting an information session or school visit in your area. Then come and visit!