Students Say

Tucked away in bucolic New Hampshire, Dartmouth College manages to strike a nice “balance between the intimacy of a college [and] the opportunity of a university.” Students feel fortunate that the administration places an “emphasis on pursuing passions, and making the college experience your own.” And while Dartmouth certainly maintains a “competitive” atmosphere, students here truly appreciate that “no one really talks about their grades openly.” Indeed, it’s “generally understood that everyone is smart.”

Overview

Applicants
19,296
Acceptance Rate
12%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Tucked away in bucolic New Hampshire, Dartmouth College manages to strike a nice “balance between the intimacy of a college [and] the opportunity of a university.” Students feel fortunate that the administration places an “emphasis on pursuing passions, and making the college experience your own.” And while Dartmouth certainly maintains a “competitive” atmosphere, students here truly appreciate that “no one really talks about their grades openly.” Indeed, it’s “generally understood that everyone is smart.” A neuroscience major tells us that academically, “Dartmouth puts a huge focus on the undergraduate students, and I have found my professors to be available and engaging in nearly every instance. My classes are all challenging, but they are very discussion based and tend to be small, which keeps me working hard and interested in the material.” And an impressed Middle Eastern studies major interjects, “I came to Dartmouth for the professors, but they were far beyond anything I could have hoped for. Not only are they great lecturers and accomplished scholars, they go out of their way to be available outside of the classroom, and to forge relationships beyond what is expected or necessary.” When it comes down to it, “Dartmouth is considered to be a combination of Hogwarts and Disney World because it is known for its community and intelligent students and faculty, who also are personable and know how to have fun.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.4:1
Total Faculty
743
with Terminal Degree
670

469
Men
274
Women
109
Minority
32
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Daniel Webster
Orator

Robert Frost
Poet

Kanichi Asakawa
Asian Studies Founder

E.E. Just
Biologist

Nelson Rockefeller
U.S. Vice President

Theodore Geisel
Children's Author

Robert Reich
U.S. Labor Secretary

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

A Dartmouth degree and professional success typically go hand- in-hand. After all, according to Payscale.com, the average starting salary for Dartmouth grads is an impressive $55,000. Some of this success can indeed be attributed to the college’s extensive alumni network. As one grateful psych major shares, “Alumni are . . . a HUGE resource; they love to stay involved with the college and are often willing to talk to current students about careers (and many have been known to give internships and jobs to Dartmouth students).” Certainly, students can also turn to the fantastic Center for Professional Development as well. Undergrads may use the office to find funding for unpaid internships, receive graduate and professional school advising and even get help finding housing for when they head out into the world. And, perhaps most important, the center hosts numerous recruiting sessions throughout the year.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$55,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$102,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
47%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
98

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 2

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

To enjoy an Ivy League education with a nod to the New England collegiate experience, incoming freshmen at Dartmouth can expect to pay about $46,764 in tuition and roughly another $1,344 in required fees. On-campus room and board totals more than $13,839. Over half of Dartmouth students receive financial aid to help defray these costs, as the school maintains the philosophy that no one should hesitate to apply for fear they won’t be able to afford it. A recent graduate shares her experience: “The administration is great to work with. Opportunities for funding to travel and do research, internships, volunteer, etc. are AMAZING.”

Bang For Your Buck

Dartmouth’s approximately 4,300 undergraduate students enjoy the college’s strong reputation as a member of the Ivy League, as well as its high-quality academics through twenty-nine departments and ten multidisciplinary programs. Academics at New Hampshire’s preeminent college, comparable with other Ivy League schools, are demanding, but Dartmouth students feel they are up to the challenge. Unlike many of the other Ivies, though, the studentfaculty ratio of 8:1 favors the undergrads, who find graduate assistants in their classes to have the same open willingness to help them learn as the regular professors do.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,666

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,263

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,052

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,533

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
40%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,020

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,120
Required Fees
$1,386
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,260

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,685
Transportation for Commuters
$608

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Undergrads here emphatically insist that it’s “hard to define a typical student because at Dartmouth literally every type of person is represented.” Of course, if pressed, they might reluctantly admit that the average student comes across as “preppy, academically goal oriented but also extremely social.” And, as you might expect, undergrads also report that their peers are certainly very “smart.” Fortunately, they “do not boast about their intellectual capacity.” A happy senior tells us that “the common denominator is that Dartmouth students are very involved.” Indeed, “whether it’s with a club sports team, a cappella group, community service project, academic research, or a Greek house, Dartmouth students manage to do a lot of things in the course of the day.” One incredulous sophomore concurs, adding that his friends “are always studying and participating in some extracurricular activity and you wonder how they have time to sleep and then you will see them out at a frat too. Then they show up at class the next morning with all of the work completed and they seem like a magician.” Finally a junior concludes, “It’s a small enough school that there is a sense of community that’s always present, but large enough that everyone can find their own niche and their own area of the school and the community that caters to them perfectly.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,289
Out of State
97%

International
10%
Foreign Countries Represented
70

Demographics

2.36%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
15.27%
Asian
7.37%
African-American
8.85%
Hispanic
52.45%
Caucasian
8.13%
Unknown
9.69%
International

49% female
51% male
97% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There’s no getting around it; at Dartmouth, the “Greek system is the main source of social activity.” However, if you’re wary of fraternities and sororities, fret not. A biology major reveals that a “very large percentage of students are involved which makes the Greek houses quite diverse and representative of the student body as a whole.” Indeed, fraternities “are very inclusive” and while students definitely drink “there really isn’t any pressure to.” Further, plenty of social options exist beyond the party scene. “On any given night, you can do anything from see a hockey game to the early premiere of some cool new movie at the Hop[kins Center for the Arts], you can go to a dance party or just play cards or jam out on guitar or something... there are so many options to do whatever you’re interested in doing.” Dartmouth undergrads also love convening with nature. “Outdoorsy activities are huge here. The Appalachian Trail literally runs right through our campus. The Dartmouth Outing Club is the oldest and largest college outing club, and many students (even students who never did so before college) get involved with hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and so forth.” And a philosophy major concludes, “Whether it’s skating on Occom Pond, going on a hike, going kayaking, apple picking, thrift shopping... there are boundless opportunities to do anything that interests you, and it means that whatever you’re doing in your free time is always something really awesome.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
88%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
26

46% join a fraternity
44% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Big Green)
19 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Big Green)
20 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: A full-time Assistant Dean to LGBT students, a community safe space, multiple LGBT organization, Gay-Straight Alliance, various colloquia.

Minority Support Groups: Each Student of Color group has a full time Assistant Dean. Student of Color organizations, community spaces, various colloquia and speakers. Academic departments that focus many of their courses on minority issues.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Norwich University, VT

Sustainability

The Big Green Goes Green is more than a slogan. Eco-awareness is spreading campus-wide with the help of the Dartmouth Trustees, who invested $12.5 million to support energy efficiency projects. The student-founded Sustainable Living Center offers a small number of students the chance to live in a model green dormitory for a term. The building features Green Lite, a technology that allows residents to track their resource use in real time. Dartmouth established a tenured faculty position in sustainability sciences, launched a sustainability minor and added new green courses to its existing offerings. The environmental studies program offers a foreign study experience in Southern Africa with sustainability as one of its themes. Dartmouth has made a commitment to sustainable buildings, and is home to several LEED Gold and Silver buildings. The new Class of ’78 Life Sciences Center, a state-of-the-art green laboratory building that is energy efficient, has storm water capture, green roofs and enthalpy wheels among many other green features. Dartmouth has an organic farm where students get hands on experience in sustainable food systems. There are seven major green student groups on campus, including The Big Green Bus, a group of students that travels across the country on a waste vegetable oil-powered bus educating citizens about the environment. Through internships in the Sustainability Office, students tackle challenges like increasing recycling rates and developing a bike share. Dartmouth’s career services office organizes trips to environmental career fairs, and students who want to work on sustainability on their own are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships designated to the cause. Dartmouth is a member of the Founding Circle of the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge” which encourages the college and university community to invest in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
6016 McNutt Hall
Hanover, NH 037553541

Phone
603.646.2875

Email
admissions.reply@dartmouth.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hopkins Center for Creative and Performing Arts
Hood Museum of Art
Murals by Jose Clemente Orozco
Ten library system, all open to visitors
Ledyard Canoe Club, oldest in the country
King Arthur Flour Cafe in Baker-Berry Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Simon Pierce Glass Blowing
Appalachian Trail
Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme, NH
Quechee Gorge, Quechee, VT

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday (and select Saturdays)
8:30am-4:30am
603.646.2875

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.dartmouth.edu/admissions/visit/

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
We offer overnight stays for admitted students during the month of April

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
A commuter airport in Lebanon (15 minute ride from campus) is serviced by US Airways. Manchester, NH Airport (75 minutes from campus) is serviced by several major airlines, and visitors can drive or take a Greyhound bus. Logan Airport in Boston, MA (2.5 hours to campus) is serviced by most major airlines. The Dartmouth Coach operates shuttles from Logan directly to Hanover several times a day. Burlington, VT airport (90 minutes from campus) is serviced by several major airlines, and visitors can drive or take a Greyhound bus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Boston (a 2.5-hour trip): take I-93 N. to I-89 N. Take Exit 18 (Rte. 120, Lebanon-Hanover). Turn right onto Rte. 120, then left onto Rte. 10 to campus. From New York City (a 5-hour trip), southern New England and points south: take I-95 to New Haven or I-684 and I-84 to Hartford. Pick up I-91 N. to Vermont. Take Exit 13 (Hanover-Norwich). Turn right off the ramp, cross the bridge, and drive straight to the campus (less than 1 mile from the I-91 exit).

Local Accommodations
On campus is the Hanover Inn (Main and E. Wheelock Streets; 800-443-7024). Rates are expensive, but check for special deals. We have a new hotel that recently opened-Six South Street Hotel which is only a five minute walk from campus. Also in Hanover (about 2 miles north of campus) is the Chieftain Motel (New Hampshire Rte. 10; 603-643-2550), featuring an outdoor pool and a view of the Connecticut River. Local hotels within a ten minute drive of campus include the Holiday Inn Express (603-448-5070) and the Residence Inn (603-643-4511) in Lebanon, NH; the Airport Economy Inn (603-298-8888), Fireside Inn and Suites (603-298-5906), and the Sunset Motel (603-298-8721) in West Lebanon, NH; the Best Western (802-295-3000), Comfort Inn (802-295-3051), Hampton Inn (802-296-2800), and Ramada Inn (802-295-3000) in White River Junction, VT. Local inns and BandBs within a ten-minute drive include the Alden Inn (603-795-2222)and Dowd's Country Inn (603-795-4712) in Lyme, NH; the Norwich Inn (802-649-1143) in Norwich, VT; and Stonecrest Farm (800-730-2425) in Wilder, VT. Additional accommodations exist in Quechee and Woodstock, VT (including the renowned Woodstock Inn Resort), a 20-30 minute car ride from campus.
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Key Stats

19,296
Applicants
4,289
Size
12%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists