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.
Dartmouth 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 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.
SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
Early decision application deadline: November 1.
Decisions are released December 15.
Regular decision application deadline: January 1.
Decisions are released by early April.
Transfer application deadline: March 1.
Decisions are released by April 25.
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 21,394
Acceptance rate: 8.8%
Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2020 ED (Class of 2024) applicants: 2,069
ED applicants admitted: 547
ED acceptance rate: 26.4%
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!
Number of transfer applicants: 584
Transfer applicants admitted: 24
Transfer acceptance rate: 4.1%
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
SAT/ACT not required
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests not required
Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars
Salary After Attending
Score Card Information
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
Sex offenses: 33
Aggravated assaults: 3
Car thefts: 1
Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance
Average Net Price By Income
Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $74,818
Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $79,525
$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.
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Student to Faculty Ratio
Student to Faculty Ratio: 7.2 to 1
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 64%
20 to 39: 24%
40 to 99: 11%
In State: 2%
Out of State: 85%