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How I got into Dartmouth (Interview 11)


SAT: 1510 (790 Math, 720 Reading)

ACT: 35 (34 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 3.91

Rank in Class: 10

Size of Class: 275

Ap's Taken: Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, Chemistry, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics


  • I was the president of my schools Computer Science Club during my junior and senior years.

  • I was President of my schools Engineering Club in my senior year

  • I was the captain of my schools varsity Football team in my sophomore year and my junior year.

Personal Story

"I was excited that I going to Dartmouth, but honestly, that had more to do with the fact that my girlfriend was coming with me than with the fact that I was going to Dartmouth.

I've never really cared about school too much and would have been indifferent going to a community college or state school. But since she was a workaholic and obsessed with being valedictorian, she 'nudged me strongly' in the direction where I cared more about my grades and school and all that jazz.

Dartmouth is a great school and there cool people here, but in general, I don't feel like college is something worth being terribly excited over, It's pretty much highschool part 2."

Useful Advice

"Don't afraid to work outside the rules a little bit.

I remember that when I was writing my common app essay I wrote this mazing essay about how my girlfriend changed my life and made me a better person. Every single English teacher said that I shouldn't talk about how someone 'appeared and changed our lives' because it would be cliche. But instead we should talk about our 'passions' and show how they reflect who we are.

I took those ideas and added them to my essay instead of scrapping the whole thing all-together because I knew that deep down this was the essay I wanted the write. I added some of their ideas, ignored others, and submitted what I wanted.

Of course you should get feedback from other people, but take everything they say with a grain of salt. If it resonates with you, do it. If not, don't. Also, don't let precedent stop you from doing something that's true to you."

Dartmouth Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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