Dartmouth College Admissions Statistics

Learn About Dartmouth and the GPA, SAT and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

Dartmouth Hall at Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Hall at Dartmouth College. Explore the campus in this Dartmouth photo tour. Allen Grove

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 essaysrecommendation letters, and extracurricular activities all play a significant role in the admissions equation.

Why You Might Choose Dartmouth College

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. It should come as little surprise that Dartmouth made our list of the nation's top universities.

Dartmouth students are also active in athletics with 75 percent of students participating in some way. The college has no official mascot, and the athletic teams go by the name of the Big Green. The Ivy League is an NCAA Division I athletic conference.

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.

Dartmouth College GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Dartmouth College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission
Dartmouth College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in at Cappex. Data Courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Dartmouth College's Admissions Standards

In the graph above, the blue and green represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of students who got into Dartmouth College are concentrated in the upper right corner of the graph. This means they tend to have "A" averages (unweighted), an ACT composite score above 27, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of above 1300. Most admitted students have scores well above these numbers. Hidden beneath the blue and green of the graph is a lot of red — even students with 4.0 GPAs and high test scores get rejected from Dartmouth.

At the same time, if your heart is set on Dartmouth and your grades or test scores are a little below the norm, don't give up all hope. As the graph shows, a few students were accepted with test scores and grades that are a little less than ideal. Dartmouth College, like all members of the Ivy League, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores are a little less than perfect.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Dartmouth College Acceptance Rate: 11%
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 670 / 780
    • SAT Math: 680 / 780
    • ACT Composite: 30 / 34
    • ACT English: 31 / 35
    • ACT Math: 29 / 35

More Dartmouth College Information

As you work to figure out if Dartmouth College is a good match for you, the data below can help inform your decision. The cost of the school may be daunting, but realize that students who qualify for aid will pay just a small fraction of the sticker price.

Enrollment (2016)

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

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,438
  • Books: $1,260 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,736
  • Other Expenses: $2,040
  • Total Cost: $69,474

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%

Other Schools to Consider

Applicants to Dartmouth College tend to have stellar academic records and apply to other top colleges and universities. Many applicants, in fact, apply to all of the other Ivy League schools: Brown UniversityColumbia UniversityCornell UniversityHarvard UniversityPrinceton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. That said, keep in mind that the Ivies are a diverse group of schools: if you're attracted to the relatively small size of Dartmouth and its small town location, you may not be fond of a large urban university like Columbia.

The Ivies aren't the only top universities in the country, and Dartmouth applicants also consider schools such as Stanford University, Duke University, and Washington University in St. Louis

All of these universities are extremely selective, so make sure your college wish list includes a few schools that are very likely to admit you.