How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

  • A strong undergraduate record in a major in any humanities field
  • Fluent reading, writing, and speaking knowledge of one foreign language 
  • Minimum of beginning training in a second foreign language
  • Essay outlining why you want to do graduate work in this field and your plans for your time at Dartmouth
  • A writing sample (a scholarly essay or excerpt of an essay of about 10 - 15 typed double spaced pages)
  • Official transcript(s) of all college or graduate-level credits
  • Complete application (including three letters of recommendation and a language proficiency form for each foreign language you know)
  • Submission of TOEFL score


Documents should be sent to:

Graduate Studies
Dartmouth College
37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6062, Room 437
Hanover, NH 03755-1419
Phone: (603) 646-2106
Fax: (603) 646-8762

Financial Support

The Program awards a limited number of fellowships, which include a full tuition waiver and nine and a half-month stipend. As part of their fellowship, students work for at least two terms as a teaching or research assistant. Appointments are facilitated by the Director of Graduate Studies, and may be available in humanities departments or in other relevant units (such as the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric or Rauner Special Collections Library).  Fellowships will be offered automatically, no application needed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I submit my language proficiency form?

Please submit your forms to [email protected]. If you are a native speaker of a language you do not need to submit that form. 

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

If your native language is not English please submit  TOEFL scores. 

Why is my application showing as “incomplete” or “not received”?
If you have uploaded copies of your transcripts, entered all required test scores and your letters of recommendation have been submitted, your application is complete. Your language proficiency form will be uploaded internally at Dartmouth.  

I did not upload my transcript. What do I do?
If you have a pdf of your transcript, please email it to [email protected] and it will be uploaded to your application as “received-unofficial”. If you had an official transcript sent directly to the Guarini School, we will upload it to your application as soon as possible.

I need to update my personal essay or my CV. How can I do that?
If the submission deadline for the program you are applying to has not passed, please email a pdf of your updated document to [email protected] and it will be uploaded to replace the previous version.

How many essays do I need to submit?

Two essays: 

  1. Outline why you want to do graduate work in this field and your plans for your time at Dartmouth. IE) what do you want to research?
  2. A writing sample (a scholarly essay or excerpt of an essay of about 10 - 15 typed double spaced pages)

Do I have to wait for all three of my letters of recommendations to be uploaded before I can submit my application?
No, please submit your application by the program deadline. Your recommenders can still upload letters after you have submitted.

The person who has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for me has not received the email with the link to upload the letter to my application or they are having difficulty uploading the letter. Is there another way for my recommender to submit a letter?
If the problem is with the email, first make sure they have checked their junk/spam folder. If the problem is with the upload, first ask if they have tried a different web browser. ApplyYourself works best with Internet Explorer on a PC and Safari on a MAC. If neither of these solutions work, have your recommender email the letter of recommendation directly to this email address.         

What address should official transcripts be sent to?
(Remember, there is no need to send official transcripts unless you are offered admission)

Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies   <[email protected]>
Dartmouth College
37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6062
Hanover, NH  03755

Further Information

If you need further information contact:

Comparative Literature Program 
6051 Reed Hall, Room 201

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-2912 phone

[email protected]