Dartmouth Acceptance Rate

21K School · Feb 8, 2023 · 3 min read

DarthMouth Acceptance rate

The admittance rate at Dartmouth College ranged from 21% to 26% during the 1990s. Around 2010, that percentage dropped to 12–13%. The school reported a 6% admit rate in 2022, a record for a second consecutive year. Every successful applicant to Dartmouth has a stellar academic record, standardized test scores above the 95th percentile (typically higher), and brag-worthy skills beyond the classroom. Today, Dartmouth receives more than 28,000 applications a year but only extends offers of admission to about 1,750 students. It will take some investigation to determine whether the individual is a competitive candidate for Dartmouth.

Dartmouth: Class of 2026 Early Decision Acceptance Rate

In the 2021–22 admissions cycle, Dartmouth accepted 560 applicants into the Class of 2025 out of the 2,600+ early decision applications received. This results in a 21% acceptance rate, the same as the prior year.

Class of 2026 Acceptance Rate at Dartmouth

Less than in the prior year, 28,336 applications were filed for a spot in the first-year class of 2022–2023. For comparison, Dartmouth received over 16,500 applications to fill the Class of 2012 seats. 6.2% of applications were accepted for the Class of 2026, the lowest percentage in school history. The admittance rate dropped into the single digits for the sixth time in the school’s history.

SAT, ACT, and Class Rank for Dartmouth Admissions

Ninety-four per cent of the Class of 2025 has achieved a position in the top 10%, according to the most current figures available (Class of 2024), with the median SAT score for enrolled first-year students being 1520 and the average ACT score being 33. More than 500 accepted students in an average year were either their high school class’s salutatorian or valedictorian.

Notes & Trends in Admissions (Class of 2026)

• The Class of 2026 admitted students from 73 nations and every state in the United States

• Of all American citizens, 53% identify as people of colour

• About 17% of students will be attending college for the first time

• Invitees to the Class of 2026 receive Pell Grants at 19%

• About 15% of the Class of 2026’s acceptances are from remote areas

• Of those admitted to ED, 22% were expected to graduate valedictorian or salutatorian

Becoming ‘Well-Rounded’ is Insufficient

Dartmouth is seeking young individuals who are among the finest in the world—or who have the potential to be—at something. A person who is a master of none and a jack of all trades will not pique their interest. The university is searching for the next generation of politicians (Nelson Rockefeller, Kristen Gillibrand), award-winning writers (Dr Seuss, Robert Frost), scientists (Samuel Katz, creator of the measles vaccine), intellectuals (uncountable), actors and actresses, and more, as evidenced by the list of notable Dartmouth alums (Meryl Streep, Mindy Kaling).

Rate of Yield at Dartmouth

The yield rate at Dartmouth, or the proportion of enrolled students who choose to enrol as a percentage of all admitted students, is 64%. Even in comparison to other highly selective institutions and universities, this number is excessive. Elite universities with yield rates under 50% include Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Vanderbilt, Rice, Emory, and Georgetown.

Advice for Dartmouth Applications

If students intend to be one of the 28,000+ applicants to Dartmouth for the upcoming admissions cycle, they should be aware of the following:

The school will continue to be test-optional for applicants to the Class of 2027. Dartmouth does organise alumni interviews for its applications. After one applies, a volunteer alum in the region will receive the information and get in touch with one to schedule a consultation. Early decision candidate interviews at Dartmouth are planned for November, and routine decision candidate interviews are scheduled from mid-December through mid-February. Dartmouth does take into account “demonstrated interest,” so it is recommended to visit the campus, get in touch with an admissions officer, follow the school on social media, and attend any local lectures by admissions officers at college fairs if at all possible.

How Dartmouth Judges Potential Students?

The rigour of secondary school records, class rank, GPA, exam results, application essay, references, extracurricular activities, and character/personal traits are all ranked by Dartmouth as being “extremely important” to the admissions process. Interviews, first-generation status, legacy status, location, racial/ethnic status, volunteer work, paid employment, experience, and the degree of an applicant’s desire are all scored as “considered.” Still, only talent and aptitude are rated as “important.”


If one meets the academic requirements, there is no damage in applying to Dartmouth. Still, even the best candidates must choose a variety of “Target” and “Safety” schools in 2022, as is the case with all ultra-elite institutions.

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