Dartmouth College (NH)

Dartmouth College (NH)

Common Application 


Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions: 

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions:

l     We’d like to know a little more about you. To that end, please choose one of the following questions and write a short response in the space below. A paragraph to a page in length       is ideal. Thank you!

        1.     Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name--any name: first, middle, last, nickname--and its origin.

        2.     Tell us about an intellectual experience, either directly related to your schoolwork or not, that you found particularly meaningful.

        3.     When you meet someone for the first time, what do you want them to know about you, but generally don’t tell them?

        4.     Describe the influence your hero has had on your life.

        5.     We believe it is critical that your candidacy reflect the interests, experiences and pursuits that are most important to you. To this end, is there anything else you would                 like us to know?

Documents Required: 
  • Common Application with Dartmouth writing supplement
  • $80 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Mid-Year School Report 
  • Secondary School Report with Transcript and School Profile
  • Secondary School Report: Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Peer Evaluation

Other Information:
Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               6016 McNutt Hall
               Dartmouth College
               Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

Phone: 603-646-2875 (Admissions Office)
Fax: 603-646-1216 
Application Info: http://www.dartmouth.edu/admissions/apply/ 

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3351
ACT Code: