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 10 percent in 2017, 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 significant role in the admissions equation.

Why Dartmouth College?

  • Location: Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Campus Features: Dartmouth's picturesque 269-acre campus includes the Hood Museum of Art and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Hanover often ranks among the best college towns in the U.S.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
  • Athletics: Dartmouth College's Big Green compete at the NCAA Division I level.
  • Highlights: One of the nation's top universities, Dartmouth College is a member of the prestigious Ivy League. The school leads its peers in the percentage of students who study abroad.

Dartmouth College Admission Statistics 2017-18

For the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Dartmouth's acceptance rate was 10 percent, making it one of the most selective colleges in the United States. Standardized test score percentiles for admitted students are below.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 710 770
Math 720 790
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Clearly average SAT scores for admission to Dartmouth are well above average, and they are typical of SAT scores for the Ivy League. To be competitive, you're going to want scores in the 700s.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75 Percentile
English 32 35
Math 29 35
Composite 30 34

An average ACT composite score is around 21, so you can see that successful Dartmouth applicants are significantly above average.

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.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Dartmouth. GPAs are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

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 (ERW+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. A memorable essay, impressive extracurricular activities, and strong letters of recommendation can all help improve your chances.

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 (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 6,509 (4,410 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male / 49 percent female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $53,368
  • Books: $1,260 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,159
  • Other Expenses: $2,040
  • Total Cost: $71,827

Dartmouth Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 60 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 45 percent
    • Loans: 45 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $47,171
    • Loans: $6,239

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

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

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, skiing, soccer, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field
  • Women's Sports: basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball

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.