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How I got into Dartmouth (Interview 3)


SAT: 1540 (790 Math, 730 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.98

Rank in Class: 2

Size of Class: 113

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


  • I played varsity Basketball for all four years of highschool and my team has attended national basketball competitions during my time there.

  • I was my class President from my freshman year through to my senior year

  • I was the captain of my schools Science Bowl team during my sophomore and junior years

Personal Story

"I was so excited! I had no intention of getting into Dartmouth because, who goes here? But, when I got in I started screaming and shouting my head off to the point where my mom rushed up the stars concerned that I might have been murdered!

It was really exciting, especially for my parents because Dartmouth gave so much financial aid, more than most of the state schools in my home town, and that was amazing because, I don't know if can tell but, I'm not rolling in money here.

It was honestly more exciting to see them so proud, happy, and relieved than it was to get in. But, it was still super exciting."

Useful Advice

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

There was a girl I knew who applied to just two school in total, one was a safety school in our state, and the other was Harvard. She thought that she had a pretty good shot of getting into Harvard so she didn't bother applying to the schools which were in between the two schools.

The admissions for our state school, Rutgers, came out first and she got in, no surprise there. But when the decision came out for Harvard she wasn't accepted and she was devastated.

I applied to 8 schools and a friend of mine applied to 10, and while we didn't get into Harvard either we got into Cornell, Penn, and Dartmouth instead.

I'm a strong believer in not putting at your eggs in one basket because if something happens to that basket you're screwed. But, at the same time, don't put your eggs in too many baskets because you'll spread yourself too thin. I'd recommend a happy medium of 6-10 schools with 2 safety, 3 reach schools and maybe 3 longshots. I feel like that's the best way to go about applying."

Dartmouth Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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