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How I got into Dartmouth (Interview 13)


SAT: 1510 (750 Math, 760 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.87

Rank in Class: 8

Size of Class: 139

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


  • I was the lead editor for my school newspaper

  • I was the captain of the varsity swimming team from my sophomore year until my senior year

  • I run a newspaper company for my neighborhood which reports on news in my town and local community as well as covering politics in the area

Personal Story

"Getting into Dartmouth was insane. After our school Valedictorian got deferred from MIT, pretty much the entire school went into crisis mode because we had no clue what to thing of it. The thinking was 'well if he couldn't get in, what hope do we have?'

So I dreaded Ivy day because I expected big fat rejections from Dartmouth, Cornell, and Columbia. Ivy day came and somehow, I got into Cornell and Dartmouth.

That was absolutely crazy because a much more qualified guy was rejected but somehow I got it. I was super bummed out for the guy, but I was ecstatic. Like bouncing off the walls kind of happy. It was cool."

Useful Advice

"If I'm being honest, if anyone tells you that they have the formula for getting into here, they're lying. There is a huge component of luck and positioning involved which changes everything. But, if there is one thing which I would say helped me specifically is that I did extracurriculars other kids didn't do.

Not many kids have run a fully functioning business so that would have definitely stood out. "

Dartmouth Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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