Dartmouth College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

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With an acceptance rate of just 11% in 2016, Dartmouth College has highly selective admissions, and all applicants should consider Dartmouth a reach school even if grades and SAT/ACT scores are on target for admission. Like most highly selective schools, Dartmouth has holistic admissions, so factors such as application essays, recommendation letters, and extracurricular activities all play a role in the admissions equation.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Dartmouth College Description

As the smallest of the Ivy League schools, Dartmouth provides the curricular breadth of its larger rivals with a feeling more like a liberal arts college. Dartmouth’s picturesque 269-acre campus is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, a town of 11,000.

Dartmouth's strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dartmouth leads the Ivy League in the percentage of students who study abroad. The college has 48 off-campus programs in over 20 countries. The college's academic programs are supported by a 7 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

Dartmouth students are also active in athletics, with 75 percent of students participating in athletics of some sort. The college has no official mascot, and the athletic teams go by the name of the Big Green. If visiting campus, be sure to check out the Hood Museum of Art, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the impressive Orozco mural in Baker Library.

Downtown Hanover is a quaint college town with a range of cafés, restaurants, and clothing stores. You'll also find a Barnes & Noble and a multi-screen movie theater. 

Explore the Campus:

Dartmouth College Photo Tour

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 6,409 (4,310 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51438
  • Books: $1,260 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,736
  • Other Expenses: $2,040
  • Total Cost: $69,474

Scholarships for Dartmouth College:

Dartmouth Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 62%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 47%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $45,867
    • Loans: $6,182

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 97%

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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