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All year Participate in local College Night programs and distribute appropriate material.Stay in touch with outstanding prospective applicants and introduce them to current undergraduates. Encourage them to visit Dartmouth for information sessions, interviews, tours, and overnight hosting.
September -
Admissions Officers plan and conduct information sessions for prospective students and their families, alumni/ae workshops, and guidance counselor meetings. Help is solicited from local alumni/ae, Alumni Clubs. Attend and be aware of information sessions and school visits conducted by Admissions Officers.
October Arrange and conduct alumni/ae interviews. Concentrate on Early Decision Candidates first and promptly return these to the Admissions Office.
November 1 Early Decision Application Deadline.
Mid - late November
Early Decision Form 6's Due.
December 15 Early Decision candidates notified of admission decision no later than this date.
December Arrange and announce holiday gatherings for prospective candidates, parents, and guidance personnel to meet Dartmouth alumni/ae and current undergraduates.Continue to conduct interviews with regular decision applicants in order to have reports returned to the Admissions Office by mid-February.
January 1 Regular Decision application deadline.
January -
Continue interviewing candidates as soon as applicant information is received. Return completed Form 6s to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. This will result in your reports receiving the maximum consideration within the selection process. Please complete the interviews even if the February target date has passed, as late reports can be useful through the middle of March. Each year over 3000 of approximately 7400 applicants interviewed by alumni/ae, are rated as "Outstanding" or "Highly Desirable" in the Alumni Interview Report. In an admissions process that admits less than 20% of all candidates, it is important that the interview reports reflect a thoughtful, yet critical, evaluation of the applicant in such a competitive pool.
Mid - late February
Regular Decision Form 6's Due
February -
Maintain contact with top prospective applicants and keep the Admissions Office informed of any significant developments in their candidacies. Be aware of possible "Likely" letter actions. A candidate may receive a letter during this period telling him/her that, as of the sending of the letter, his/her application has been reviewed, and the probability of acceptance in April is very high. By Ivy League agreement, all such letters must be sent by early March. A photocopy of the letter is also sent to the candidate's guidance counselor. It is important to stress that only a relatively small number of exceptional candidates may receive such a letter; hundreds of students who will ultimately be accepted by Dartmouth may not be sent an early indication. Those who do not receive such a letter should not think they no longer have a chance!The theory behind the letter is simple. We are very confident that the applicant will have several excellent schools to choose from in April. Our early indication of probable acceptance may help take some of the uncertainty out of the entire waiting process for the student. Further, this early assessment gives the candidate more time to think about his/her ultimate decision, plan a visit to Dartmouth, and to zero-in on those factors that may cause a decision "for" or "against" Dartmouth. There is, however, no commitment required of the candidate at this time. Accepted candidates will have until the Common Reply Date (May 1) to respond to our offer. Use this information to "fine tune" enrollment efforts. Telephone calls to the applicant or counselor (except 48 hours before and after Decision Letters are sent in early-April) are certainly appropriate, as are early invitations to post-acceptance gatherings, and other forms of special attention.It is important to remember that the interview is both an evaluation as well as a recruitment tool. Thus, you should feel free to schedule an interview with those candidates who have received "Likely" letters so that those individuals can have contact with members of the Dartmouth community and have their questions or concerns addressed.
Early April Regular Decision Candidates are notified of admissions decisions.
April Follow up with accepted candidates by writing or calling them. Host events that bring accepted students together. The genuineness of such an affair and the nature of his/her classmates can play a big part in a candidate's decision to attend Dartmouth. Many Clubs sponsor "admit parties" to which alumni/ae and College Officers are invited. Encourage attendance and be present. Encourage accepted students to participate in Dartmouth's on-campus visitation programs designed by the Admissions Office.
May 1 Common Reply date for admitted students.
May Encourage rising seniors to visit Dartmouth in the summer for a tour, information session and an interview.
June -
Make necessary changes in enrollment personnel and procedures for the next season.
August -
Work with Admissions Officers to design a travel calendar and schedule of school visits, gatherings, workshops, and evening information sessions.


Last Updated: 1/17/11