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Evaluating Transfer Applications
Each year, Dartmouth enrolls 20 - 25 new transfer students who are chosen from an applicant pool of over 750. Since most transfer applicants present strong academic credentials, the Admissions Committee reviews each application with an eye towards a candidate's ability to make a successful transition after transferring, to thrive academically at Dartmouth and to add to the life of the College in and out of the classroom.
- Applications to Dartmouth are typically reviewed by at least two, and often three or more, members of the Admissions Committee before we arrive at a decision.
- Each piece of the application contributes to our understanding of the intellectual qualities, academic achievements, personal accomplishments and individual perspectives that an applicant might contribute as a student at Dartmouth.
- An applicant's year of graduation or the number of credits completed before enrolling at Dartmouth will not have an impact on the outcome of an application. Because Dartmouth enrolls such a small number of new transfer students each year, the Admissions Committee does not need to balance the numbers of students entering as new sophomores or juniors.
- For transfer applicants, the Committee pays particular attention to the applicant's ability to successfully "hit the ground running" once enrolled at Dartmouth.
If you're not sure whether you should apply to Dartmouth as a first-year or transfer applicant, we can give you some advice. We also have plenty of statistics to share about transfer admission.
Questions & Answers
How many new transfer students enroll at Dartmouth each year?
Between 20 and 25 new transfer students enroll at Dartmouth each year. Over 750 students apply for admission as transfer students.