Dartmouth College is the smallest member of the Ivy League – and arguably the one with the most intimate social and geographic setting. Dartmouth is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, a small town near New Hampshire’s border with Vermont. Prospective students from warmer climates should note that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory is nearby. That gives an idea of what the winters are like – but also of the remarkable intellectual capital to be found in the area. In fact, observers say that Dartmouth’s small size and the geographical proximity of its programs are two of the reasons why an unusual amount of cross-disciplinary and groundbreaking work is done there.

DartmouthDartmouth College was founded as an undergraduate institution and continues to exercise a commitment to undergrad education. It is also an outstanding research university, and has highly regarded schools of business, medicine, and engineering as well as graduate programs in the arts and sciences. In the school’s own words, Dartmouth’s mission is to “instill a love of learning and discovery in every member of its community.” Dartmouth College strives to make its educational experience available to all qualified students, assessing applicants on a ‘need blind’ basis that considers their abilities without regard to their financial resources. Dartmouth has a unique academic calendar, the ‘D Plan,’ which divides the year into four terms of equal length. This means that students have exceptional flexibility in planning their schedules, and can seek off-campus experiences (such as internships and research) at any time of year. This may be one reason why Dartmouth College has the highest rate of participation in study-abroad programs of any Ivy League institution, with about 60% of any senior class having spent at least one quarter outside the U.S.

Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth offers a remarkably rich social and cultural life. Dartmouth College students can take part in any of over 200 organizations and activities. Those with musical inclinations can participate in highly regarded choirs, glee clubs, and ensembles. Students with an artistic bent can enjoy the resources of an outstanding art museum and center for performing arts, and those who enjoy sports can get involved in activities ranging from an NCAA Division 1 football team to the mountaineering club. In fact, Dartmouth College is considered to have one of the best college varsity sports programs in the country – more evidence that the school does not let its relatively small scale or remote location keep it from providing its students with the best possible resources for intellectual and personal growth.


Acceptance Rate

Dartmouth acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Dartmouth top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Dartmouth College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Dartmouth College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Decision
Early decision application deadline: November 1.
Decisions are released December 15.

Regular Decision
Regular decision application deadline: January 1.
Decisions are released by early April.

Transfer application deadline: March 1.
Decisions are released by April 25.

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 21,394
Enrolled: 1,193
Yield: 64%
Acceptance rate: 8.8%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2021 ED (Class of 2025) applicants: 2,664
ED applicants admitted: 566
ED acceptance rate: 21.2%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,381
Applicants admitted off the waitlist: 0
Waitlist acceptance rate: 0.0%

Note: This was the third consecutive year Dartmouth has not admitted anyone off their waitlist!

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 584
Transfer applicants admitted: 24
Transfer acceptance rate: 4.1%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 95%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 710-770
SAT Math: 730-790
SAT Composite: 1450-1550

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 32-35
ACT Engish: 33-36
ACT Math: 30-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Dartmouth does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Dartmouth does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Dartmouth does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

* Student-athletes must still take either the ACT or SAT in accordance with Ivy League recruitment requirements.

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Dartmouth graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Dartmouth score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 86.8%
5 years: 94.5%
6 years: 95.2%

Loan default rate: 0.8%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 63

Salary after attending: $75,500

R&D Expenditures: $323.9 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 33
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 14
Car thefts: 1

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Dartmouth College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $74,818

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $79,525

Net Cost
Average: $23,869

By income
$0 to $30,000: $12,052
$30,001 to $48,000: $4,830
$48,001 to $75,000: $9,044
$75,001 to $110,000: $14,328
$110,001 and more: $51,782

Graduates with student debt: 40%

Average student debt at graduation: $25,071

Dartmouth is committed to meeting 100% of each student’s demonstrated need.

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Dartmouth undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Dartmouth College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7.2 to 1

Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 64%
20 to 39: 24%
40 to 99: 11%
100+: 1%

Student Population
Total: 6,608
Undergraduate: 4,459

Student Residence
In State: 2%
Out of State: 85%
International: 11%
Unknown: 2%

Dartmouth College student population

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This page was last updated in December 2020.