@tadibiebe Dartmouth is slightly easier to get into than Harvard. I wouldn’t say the difference is really significant, I believe the primary reasons people get into these colleges are a combination of fit, having “spikes” (having high level of interest/experience/achievement in your fields of interest), and a luck factor based on the changing needs of the school.
It also depends on what you want out of a school. For its undergrad focus and many other factors which will be elaborated on below, Dartmouth was well above Harvard on my list. In fact, I ended up eliminating Harvard from my list shortly before I had to submit my list of RD colleges to my counselor. It would not be a good idea to apply to Dartmouth because you think it’s easier to get into than Harvard, in my opinion.
I briefly looked over your stats and achievements. If, as I assume, your UW gpa is out of 4, then you are certainly qualified for this level of school, including Harvard and Dartmouth. You have a definite spike in politics (which would be Government at Dartmouth) (you can also play your leadership of the religious society into this), and some experience in other fields which is good for applying to a lib arts college.
You only seem lacking in the APs. I would recommend self-studying and doing at least 2-3 if you can. If you are applying before you can take any, that may not look great for your course rigor.
There are a few reasons I applied ED to Dartmouth. One is the undergraduate focus. As Dartmouth has a much higher undergrad to postgrad ration relative to other elite institutions, small class sizes, close relationships with professors and participation in research while an undergrad are easier to come by at Dartmouth than at many other top schools.
I also thought I was a good fit for the school. I grew up and went to boarding school in small towns. The one I went to boarding school in is quite isolated to boot. And I loved it. I was also part of a smaller tight-knit community at my boarding school, which I think kind of spoke to the Dartmouth experience, and which I wanted going forward. This is not to say you need these experiences to fit in at Dartmouth, but these are why I felt like I was a good fit for the school.
In addition, Dartmouth has an very flexible schedule with the quarter system and more and more foreign study options than I saw at miost other schools. The reason I mention both of these together is that, seeing both of these, I realized I could quite easily go on multiple study-abroads for more than one of my fields of interest.
Another reason was that Dartmouth had a high preference for ED applicants relative to RD applicants. When considering schools to apply early. Dartmouth being at the top of my list (along with another school) and this fact made my decision clear. I felt applying early to Dartmouth made the most sense for me.