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Applicants applying for admission from schools, universities and colleges outside of the United States will use the Common Application to apply for admission. Dartmouth has a need-blind admissions process for all applicants, including foreign nationals. An applicant's ability to pay for Dartmouth has absolutely no impact on our admissions decision. We use the same holistic review process for all applicants.
We discourage all applicants from submitting large amounts of supplementary materials. We do not need paper or scanned copies of awards or certificates. Instead, please list all relevant and recent awards on the Common Application under the Awards section. Recent awards and accomplishments typically refers to the past four years; anything earlier than that is likely not helpful for making admissions decisions.
International Applicants may need to submit additional materials as noted below:
- First-Year applicants applying from schools that do not use a US-curriculum should plan to ask their secondary school to file the International School Supplement (PDF) to the Secondary School Report.
- Many international applicants need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not spoken at home or if English is not the language of instruction at their secondary school.
Questions & Answers
Does the Admissions Office recognize that my country and/or school has a different grading system than U.S. grading systems?
The Admissions Office takes great care in reading and evaluating applications from students who attend non-U.S. schools. We recognize that each country has a particular way of evaluating their students. We measure your academic success by examining your academic record within your school's grading system. Experienced Admissions Officers are familiar with a variety of international grading systems.