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Special Community Student Program

For more than 20 years, Dartmouth College has been providing access to Dartmouth courses, free of charge, to academically prepared area high school students. Dartmouth College's Special Community Student High School Program is open to seniors (during fall, winter, and spring terms) and juniors (during the winter and spring terms) of area high schools who have exhausted all possible classes within their field of interest at their high school. All students are recommended by a high school principal, guidance counselor, or other school official with responsibility for the Program at their school.

Application Procedures

  1. The student reviews the Timetable of Class Meetings with his or her Guidance Counselor to determine appropriate courses to be offered.
  2. The Course Application Form (PDF) is completed and submitted to the Program Administrator. The appropriate high school department(s) must sign the form, and each student is responsible for speaking with the professor of the Dartmouth course they intend to take and obtaining his or her signature on the application. The student may also speak with the College Department/Program Chair (or designate) if the professor is not on campus. The professors' signature on the Course Application Form does not guarantee entry if the course has a limited enrollment. Registration is confirmed on the second day of classes only if there is room in the course after Dartmouth students have registered.
  3. The student signs the application form after reviewing the Student Handbook and the Catalog/ORC.
  4. The Program Registration form is completed by the student and submitted to the Program Director one time only.
  5. The Hold Harmless Agreement is completed by the student and his or her parents and submitted to the Program Administrator. This form is completed and submitted one time only.
  6. The Permission to Release Education Record Form is signed by the student each term he or she enrolls in a course. At the end of the term a grade report is mailed to guidance departments for the purpose of confirming successful completion of a course and to provide information for academic advising.
  7. The student receives an email confirmation on the 2nd day of classes notifying the student whether he or she is enrolled in the course. If the enrollment limit was met by Dartmouth students, the high school student may seek enrollment in an alternate course during the add/drop period.
  8. Direct all questions and forms to the Program Administrator via email at

You may download the application forms here.

2016-17 Schedule

(See all Dartmouth 2015-16 Term Calendars for further details)

July 15, 2016   Due date for fall term applications.*
September 12, 2016   Fall term classes start.
November 4, 2016   Due date for winter term applications.*
January 4, 2017   Winter term classes start.
February 3, 2017   Due date for spring term applications.*
March 27, 2017   Spring term classes start.
* Please note that summer term classes through the Special Community Student Program are only available to employees of Dartmouth College.

Program Policies

  • High School Seniors are eligible to enroll in one course per term during the fall, winter, and spring terms.
  • High School Juniors are eligible to enroll in one course per term during the winter and spring terms only.
  • Students are eligible to enroll in four courses maximum over the course of the program.
  • Students must maintain a grade of C+ or better in each course to be allowed to register again without petitioning the Chair of the Advisory Committee.
  • Students are not eligible to enroll in certain courses which include, but are not limited to:Students may not displace Dartmouth College students in a course.
    • individual music instruction
    • Studio Art courses
    • Writing 2, 3, 5; First-Year Seminars; and Humanities 1 & 2
    • Mathematics 1 and 2
    • Chemistry 3 and 4
    • History 5.03, 72, 74, 95
  • Students may not gain entry into any course with an enrollment limit before all Dartmouth students have registered for the term.
  • Students who have completed requirements for the high school diploma may continue to take courses at Dartmouth only if they are fully enrolled in a high school program during the entire corresponding term.
  • Participating High Schools must be within a 30-mile radius of Dartmouth College.


If a student decides to withdraw from a course, he or she follows standard Dartmouth College procedures. See the Registration and Course Changes section of the ORC/Catalog, which includes withdrawal policies. If you need a Course Withdrawal Form, please go to The Office of the Registrar, located in McNutt Hall.


For information about the Dartmouth College Official Transcript, including ordering instructions, please view the following pages on the Registrar's Office website:

Dartmouth College Services

Below are links to a few helpful services and resources at Dartmouth College, including parking information, information for students with disabilities, secure web access, etc.:

Dartmouth College Departments and Programs

To contact a Department or Program at Dartmouth, please use the central list here:

Departments & Programs - Arts & Sciences 

Information for Dartmouth Faculty

  • High School Community Special Students are welcome at Dartmouth College. They are identified by their guidance counselor. You may, or may not, decide to permit a high school student to join your course as appropriate.
  • High school students may not displace a Dartmouth College student in a course, therefore signing an application form does not guarantee that he or she will gain entry.
  • High school students are treated the same as any other student in your class. This means they are held to the same grading, deadline, and conduct standards.
  • Contact the Program Administrator if you have any questions. 

Program Administrator:
Parkhurst Hall, Suite 111, Hanover NH 03755

Last Updated: 10/25/16