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Dartmouth College-- #12 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

Dartmouth College is a private institution that was founded in 1769, in Hanover, New Hampshire. It is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of higher learning in the United States. A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth has a long history of dedication to the highest educational ideals. 

A Dartmouth boasts it education is unlike any other. Through person-to-person teaching and opportunities to create and apply knowledge on campus and across the globe, Dartmouth instills a love of learning among its students and empowers them for a lifetime of leadership. Hence, Dartmouth looks for students who let their lives speak, each having an intriguing story or unexpected perspective to share. As a group, each incoming class is energetic, curious, values-driven, and diverse in a broadly-defined way.

In addition, by maintaining a highly flexible quarter-system calendar called the Dartmouth Plan (D-Plan), and allowing only faculty to teach its undergraduate courses, Dartmouth assures that students have complete and timely access to all that the institution has to offer. Through course-related discussions, research collaborations, and casual conversation, students get to know their professors as instructors, mentors, colleagues, and friends. The Carnegie Foundation has classified Dartmouth as a university with “very high research activity.” More than 50 percent of students participate in the many off-campus programs offered in more than 20 countries around the world.

Dartmouth is a different experience. It’s stepping into the role of researcher; bonding with your professor over coffee; exploring new intellectual frontiers; and thriving in a diverse community. If that sounds like you, then you belong here. Dartmouth expects you to change the world—and we give you the tools to make it happen.

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$80
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT
SAT Subject TestsTwo
AP and IB examsYou may self-report
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)See Dartmouth Writing Supplement questions below.
RecommendationsTwo Teacher Evaluations and Peer Evaluation
From Your High SchoolSchool Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report
InterviewOptional Alumni Interview - in-person or virtual
International StudentsTOEFL or IELTS unless English is your first language or the primary language of instruction at your current secondary or post-secondary school
Early DecisionNovember 1 - Early Decision Application

Mid December - Early Decision admission notification. Financial aid tentative award notification for admitted financial aid applicants.

January to February - Mid-year report due.

On or before April 1 - Admission notification for Early Decision deferred applicants. Financial aid award notification for admitted financial aid applicants.

April - Admitted financial aid applicants review and appeal financial aid packages (if necessary).

May 1 - Intent to enroll deadline for recently admitted Early Decision applicants

June - Final Secondary School Report and transcript due. Deadline to request a Gap Year
Regular DecisionAugust 1 - fill out an online application form

January 2 - Application due
*Dartmouth Writing Supplement:
  1. Please respond in 100 words or less: As you seek admission to the Class of 2023, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest?
  2. Please choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:
    • A. “I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity.
    • B. The Hawaiian word mo’olelo is often translated as “story” but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself.
    • C. “You can’t use up creativity,” Maya Angelou mused. “The more you use, the more you have.” Share a creative moment or impulse—in any form—that inspired creativity in your life.
    • D. In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it?
    • E. In The Bingo Palace, author Louise Erdrich, Class of 1976, writes, “…no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.” Discuss.
    • F. Emmy and Grammy winner Donald Glover is a 21st century Renaissance man—an actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ. And yet the versatile storyteller and performer recently told an interviewer, “The thing I imagine myself being in the future doesn’t exist yet.” Can you relate?

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

SAT SAT Critical Reading ERW
Mean: 730
Median: 750
Mid 50% range: 700-770
SAT Math
Mean: 750
Median: 770
Mid 50% range: 720-790
ACTMean: 33
Mid 50% range: 31-35
Rank95% students are top 10% of their class

IvyBound Consulting featured Dartmouth College on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from May 27 - June 2, 2019

Day 1 • Dartmouth University

According to US News & World Report, Dartmouth University is ranked #12 in National Universities, tied with Caltech. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

Dartmouth University:
Private, total undergraduate enrollment of about 6,763 students and the campus size is 710 acres

Founded in 1769


Tuition & Fees:
$55,035 (2018-19)

88% of students who live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing 88% and 15% Students who live off-campus. Types of campus housing available:coed dorms, sorority housing, fraternity housing, apartments for married students, special housing for international students, cooperative housing, theme housing, wellness housing

Admit Rate:
Highly competitive

Dartmouth has a percentage of 50% males and 50% females. Ethnicity/Race: 15,3% Asian, 9% African American, 12% Hispanic, 65% White, 4% Native American, 7% Multi-Racial, 10% International students. 

Religious Affiliation:

Other Awards by US News:
#12 (tie) in National Universities, #2 in Best Colleges for Veterans, #4 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

University motto:
The official motto is “Vox clamantis in deserto,” which translates to “A voice crying out in the wilderness”.

Dartmouth’s mascot is the Keggy the Keg, The Big Green.

Green and White

Nearly 25 percent of students participate in Dartmouth’s NCAA Division I varsity sports, ranging from track and field to basketball, cross country to soccer, as well as skiing, golf, lacrosse and diving.

Day 3 • Academics/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

The Dartmouth Plan (or simply “D-Plan”) is an academic scheduling system that permits the customization of each student’s academic year. All undergraduates are required to be in residence for the fall, winter, and spring terms of their freshman and senior years, as well as the summer term of their sophomore year. However, students may petition to alter this plan so that they may be off during their freshman, senior, or sophomore summer terms. During all terms, students are permitted to choose between studying on-campus, studying at an off-campus program, or taking a term off for vacation, outside internships, or research projects. The typical course load is three classes per term, and students will generally enroll in classes for 12 total terms over the course of their academic career.

The student-faculty ratio at Dartmouth College is 7:1, and the school has about 65 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The Carnegie Foundation has classified Dartmouth as a university with “very high research activity.” More than 50 percent of students participate in the many off-campus programs offered in more than 20 countries around the world.

Academic Calendar:
Quarter system

Professors at Dartmouth are among the leaders in their fields, yet they remain fully committed to teaching. Even the most senior professors teach first-year courses. Recipients of more than $171 million in annual research grants and consistently ranked among the most respected teachers in American higher education, Dartmouth professors are true exemplars of the phrase teacher-scholar. 

Undergraduate programs:
Dartmouth College is comprised of the undergraduate arts and sciences and engineering departments. 

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Engineering; and History.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Four graduate programs: Tuck School of Business, Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering and Geisel School of Medicine. 

Research Labs:
Dartmouth has more than 50 research-focused centers, institutes, and groups in areas ranging from medicine and the arts to engineering and business. Many of these are interdisciplinary and bring together faculty and students from across campus to work on complex issues.

Student Life:
60 percent of students are members of Greek organizations, which serve as the hub of social life at Dartmouth. The Outing Club – the oldest and largest collegiate outing club in the country – is the most popular student organization at Dartmouth, offering outdoor activities, expeditions, gear rentals and courses.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Distinguished Dartmouth alumni include Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), creator of the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” Shonda Rhimes and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner. The classic comedy film “Animal House” is loosely based on a series of stories from a fraternity at Dartmouth.

Day 5 • Applying to Dartmouth? Be Collegebound with IvyBound

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants: (Class of 2022)

Admission Rate:
8.7% (including early applicants)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
61%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted. 

Early Decision Admission Rate:

Early Option:
Early Decision (November 1 is the deadline)

Regular Deadline:
January 2

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious college, Dartmouth College, is extremely competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Dartmouth is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare to apply to Dartmouth. 

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #14 (tied) Nationally Ranked University, Brown. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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