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Admission Requirements

It is expected that all incoming students will have a solid foundation in physics at the B.A. or B.S. level. Exceptions may be made for individual students with the understanding that they remedy any deficiency within the first year. Admission to the program is based of the applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation  and statement of goals.

How to Apply

The application deadline is January 15.

Only electronic applications and recommendation letters will be accepted.

  • Complete the online application. The application fee is $50.00. 
  • Arrange to have three of your instructors or research supervisors electronically submit letters of recommendation for you using the on-line application system.
  • Have a complete transcript of your undergraduate record mailed directly from your university or college to:
    Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies
    Dartmouth College
    Anonymous Hall
    64 College Street, Suite 6062, Room 102
    Hanover, NH 03755
  • GRE scores for either the general or the subject exam are not required for admission.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, TOEFL scores will not be required for admission in the current (2020-21) application cycle.
  • The astronomy group is currently at maximum capacity and will not be accepting new graduate students in the 2021 application cycle.  If you are interested in observational astronomy or theoretical astrophysics, the group will accept new graduate students in the 2022 application cycle.

The review process will begin in late January. Offers of admission typically will be made by mid-March. An offer of admission must be accepted or declined by April 15.

The program starts in the Fall quarter. See here for a calendar of dates.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College is committed to equity-based practices in our application and assessment process. This includes accounting for potential barriers to access our applicants may encounter. Thus, we have made available a limited number of application fee waivers for applicants whose circumstances make paying the application fee difficult, such as those who demonstrate political or personal hardship, financial need, or for other similar reasons.  Such demonstrated need can include (but is not limited to) participation in programs such as McNair, Posse, LSAMP and Leadership Alliance as well as other programs for first-generation students and/or students with low-income. Students who meet any one of these criteria are encouraged to contact the graduate admissions chair to apply for a fee waiver.

We hope that these Web pages will answer your immediate questions about graduate study in physics and astronomy at Dartmouth. Please do not hesitate to contact the graduate admissions chair, Alex Rimberg, if you would like further information or assistance. For more information regarding faculty research areas visit our research page.