So, you’re thinking about applying to Dartmouth, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 10.5%, admission to Dartmouth is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to have a GPA of 4.1 or above, and have an SAT score of close to 1580, or an ACT score of 34 or above.
Not quite there? You still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Dartmouth admission statistics.
Dartmouth Admissions Statistics
Dartmouth’s acceptance rate in 2016 was 10.5%. For students applying to the class of 2020, out of 22,428 applicants, Dartmouth admitted 2,337. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 4.1, the average ACT score was 32, and the average SAT score was 1510.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 30, and the 75th percentile ACT score was 34.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1430. The 75th percentile score was 1580.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Dartmouth is very competitive. Even with a perfect SAT score of 1600 and a GPA of 4.0, your chances of admission are about 16%. With a perfect ACT score of 36 and a 4.0, your chances are about 25%. So, even if Dartmouth is your dream school, you’ll want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at Dartmouth’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Dartmouth Application Requirements
To apply to Dartmouth, you’ll need to fill out the Common App and the Dartmouth supplement, submit an ACT or SAT score, two SAT Subject Test scores (recommended but not required), a school report, two letters of recommendation from your teachers, a recommendation from your school counselor, and a peer report (also recommended, but not required). Everything should be submitted by November 1 for Early Decision and January 1 for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of the application requirements:
- Fill out the Common Application, answer Dartmouth’s supplementary questions, and pay an application fee of $80 (or apply for a fee waiver)
- Submit an ACT or SAT score, along with your writing score
- Submit your high school transcript and a school report
- Submit two letters of recommendation from your teachers, and one from your guidance counselor
- Submit the results of two SAT Subject tests (recommended but not required)
- You may submit an optional Arts Supplement)
The application deadline is November 1 for Early Decision, and January 1 for Regular Decision. November 15 is the Early Decision financial aid application deadline, and February 1 is the Regular Decision financial aid application deadline. Early Decision notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates in early April. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.
Have you been admitted to Dartmouth? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.
Dartmouth Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Dartmouth, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted Dartmouth class:
- 93% were in the top 10% of their high school class
- 57% attended public schools, 30% attended private schools, and 13% attended religious schools. A total of 821 schools are represented
- 52% of students are female and 48% are male
- 15% are first-generation college students
- 45% receive some form of financial aid
Dartmouth has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- African American: 9%
- Asian American: 17%
- Hispanic/Latino: 8%
- Native American: 4%
- Multiracial: 3%
- White: 50%
- Foreign Citizen: 9%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Dartmouth College offers over 79 concentrations, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of the top programs:
- Women’s Studies
- Music History and Literature
- Anthropology and Archaeology
- Drama and Theatre Production
- Cognitive Science
- European and Russian Studies
- Film and Video Studies
- Romance Languages and Literature
- Mathematics & Statistics
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Dartmouth Tuition Figures
At $67,044, Dartmouth’s tuition is astronomical. But, don’t panic! With its generous financial aid, the average student will pay much less, and the university reports that 100% of student need is met.
Here’s a fuller look at Dartmouth tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $67,044
- Average financial aid package: $47,794
- The average student debt of a Dartmouth graduate is $22,812
- For students from families making less than $100,000 per year, tuition is free
Now, what is life like at Dartmouth? Let’s take a look.
Dartmouth is in the rural town of Hanover, New Hampshire, along the banks of the Connecticut River. Its campus is centered around a 5-acre green, and features Georgian American colonial buildings built from the 1820s to 2006.
All Dartmouth freshmen live on first-year floors in Russel Sage, McLaughlin and East Wheelock, or in first-year residence hall clusters in the River and Choates.
Remember, you’re going to Dartmouth for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Dartmouth has dozens of majors. Students are required to take 35 courses to graduate, including classes in their major, as well as liberal arts and language requirements.
Some of Dartmouth’s more interesting majors are:
- Public Health
- Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
- Liberal Studies
Dartmouth’s academic year begins on September 12 and ends on June 5.
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Dartmouth.
Student Life at Dartmouth
Dartmouth has more than 160 student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Dartmouth student groups:
- Chemistry Society
- Computer Gaming Association
- Dartmouth Swing Dance Club
- German Club
- Men of Color Alliance
- Society of Investment & Economics
- Argentine Tango Society
- Dartmouth EMS
- Dartmouth Law Journal
- Dartmouth Students for Israel
Are you an athlete? Dartmouth’s got plenty of options for you.
Dartmouth is in the NCAA Division I Ivy League, and competes in 34 intercollegiate sports. Dartmouth also has plenty of club and intramural offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Dartmouth’s intercollegiate teams include:
- Men’s golf
- Ice hockey
- Track and Field
Who might you become with a Dartmouth degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Notable Dartmouth Alums
Dartmouth has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Robert Frost, iconic poet, U.S. poet laureate, and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes/li>
- Paul Gigot, editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the legendary children’s book author
- CNN anchor Jake Tapper
- Conservative political pundit and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham
- Paul Tsongas, former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and presidential candidate
- Kirstin Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York
- Tim Geithner, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in the Obama administration
- Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep
- Shonda Rhimes, Hollywood producer of shows such as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Muder
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Dartmouth is extremely competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the Ivy League schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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