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Catrina Coffey

Dartmouth ACT Scores

Hail and well met, Magooshers! Today’s the last day of our Ivy League roundup, which means we’re talking about Dartmouth College! So let’s get the mandatory New Hampshire weather joke out of the way and we can get down to business!


Okay, let’s talk test scores. If you’ve been following the Ivy League roundup so far, you can probably guess what’s coming, so feel free to sing along!


Dartmouth, like the other Ivy League schools, does not have a minimum ACT score for their applications. Everyone take a big sigh of relief.

In case you’re curious, here are their testing statistics, taken straight from the Dartmouth website:


Mean: 32

Mid 50% range: 30 – 34

For those of you who may not recall, “mean” in this context is the average. The average ACT score for an incoming freshman at Dartmouth is a 32, and the middle 50% of incoming freshmen received between a 30 and a 34 on the ACT.

Now, does that mean that you have to get between a 30 and a 34 on your ACT to get accepted to Dartmouth? No. As they make sure to remind everyone on their own website:

[…] keep in mind that we treat every application holistically. You don’t have to match all of these numbers to be the right person for Dartmouth.

“So, what does the ‘right person for Dartmouth’ look like?” I hear you cry. Let’s dive into the Dartmouth website and see if we can’t find out.

On the college’s Application Advice page, the school says:

What will impress us is YOU. You, letting your application express some aspect of your own story. You’ve established a great track record. Let your application clearly reflect your interests and motivation.

This tells us that Dartmouth’s admissions officers are looking for someone genuine. Dartmouth wants students who are comfortable being themselves.

On the High School Curriculum page, more is revealed:

We don’t have specific high school course requirements, but students are encouraged to take the most rigorous classes available in their school.

We don’t just look at your grades and classes when we review your SSR. We review your academic achievement in the context of your high school.

Given the courses that your school offers, have you enrolled in a challenging curriculum?

Have you had academic success that suggests that you’ll thrive in the classroom at Dartmouth?

If we answer YES to these two questions, then we look deeper into your application to better understand your particular areas of academic strength and weakness, subjects that interest you most, and your motivation for learning.

Here, the website is clearly telling us that Dartmouth College wants students who are capable of rigorous academics and who enjoy a challenge.

The Class of 2018’s profile backs this up, since, out of the nearly 400 students who provided class rank, 30% were Valedictorians, 10% were Salutatorians, and 93% were in the top 10% of their high school classes.

Last but not even close to least, Dartmouth College wants students who are self-motivated and love learning for learning’s sake. One of Dartmouth’s unique selling points is their attitude toward undergraduate students and research. Attending Dartmouth means that you will be given the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge through research. For most students in most cases, that sort of thing doesn’t happen until they are working on their Master’s degrees.

Dartmouth even carries the idea of self-motivation into their scheduling, of all things! The terms are flexible and year-round. You decide how quickly or slowly you want to go through your program. For more information on that, look here.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed our Ivy League roundup! Check back soon for a look at how other top schools treat ACT scores!



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About Catrina Coffey

Catrina graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in English. She’s been helping students prepare for standardized tests since 2011. In her spare time, you can find her reading anything within arms’ reach, playing video games, correcting grammar, or studying word derivations. (Did you know that procrastinate comes from the Latin word cras, which means “tomorrow”?)

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