Hanover, NH
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Reviews 733 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Hanover is a very welcoming community. It feels safe and the nature is beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Dartmouth administration is beginning to take the issue of sexual assault more seriously and is evaluating a stricter approach to the issue to minimize incidents.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Despite an Ivy League status, Dartmouth students are typically rather humble rather than self-absorbed and stuck-up. There are, however, still certain exceptions.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I do not think it is difficult to be accepted into the department you would like to major in.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently undeclared so I have not negative nor positive to say.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid Dartmouth provides is not as substantial as some of its competitor schools, however, I still receive quite a bit of aid.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Hanover is a very small town and the nightlife is centered around the Greek houses.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek system is quite inclusive, however, has also been charged as a catalyst for high-risk drinking and sexual assault. Greek life is a contentious issue on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in a dorm like Fahey-McLane is comparable to a hotel, however, the Choates are quite outdated.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus does not seem to be very strict. Some complain about Safety & Security officers, but most prefer dealing with them rather than with the Hanover Police.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors seem to really have an interest in students as individuals. I have profited from relatively small class sizes couple with very accommodating office hours.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Considering the fact that I am currently undecided, this may defeat some of the purpose of the question. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to still be uncertain about what to major in when you feel you ought to decide quickly so that you can start moving toward being successful in the respective department; however, the stress is more from an internal cause than an external one.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The quality of the food served in the dining halls is decent, however, the meal plan can be quite frustrating. The current meal plan compels students to eat almost exclusively on campus from fear of wasting an already-paid-for meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are roughly 10% international students, in addition to a wide variety of students from within the United States. The freshman room draw provides a great opportunity to experience something other than what you are used to. My roommate's family comes from Nigeria and as such he was very different then me. I was able to learn so much about the manners in which our upbringings were starkly different and yet in other areas quite similar, an experience I really value.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: I think this is a bit of a weird question. Thinking of men and women in 'typical' terms isn't really helpful, because again it reduces the complexity of people. There are a lot of white men and women at this college, there are a lot of Greek-affiliated students. Greek affiliation does change men, and women, but in different ways usually depending on the house.

Dartmouth ascribes to hook-up culture, so relationships are very affected by that.

4 College Junior

Majors: Economics is one of the most popular majors are Dartmouth, its very good for job opportunities but also very competitive in that aspect. Workload depends on the class really, but generally its pretty rigorous.

College Junior

Majors: I haven't had an internship through Dartmouth yet, but I don't know that there is such thing as a typical internship because they vary so much. I guess the stereotype is in consulting or banking, both of which involve a big commitment but are also well paid

3 College Junior

Diversity: I still do think Dartmouth has a way to go. There are many students who still don't feel very accepted at Dartmouth, where for race, religion or sexuality. There is a very homogenous 'typical' experience which can be very excluding for the students who don't fit that mould.

4 College Junior

Academics: I've taken some really great classes here are Dartmouth. There is definitely a wide variety of in depth scholarship. There are also however classes that are poorly taught, uninteresting etc. I wish the academic advising here was better; once you get to sophomore year you find that it would have been helpful to have somewhat of a more strategic approach during freshman year

4 College Junior

Academics: The Economics Department is one of the biggest at Dartmouth, so that's very helpful. It can mean that the program can be very impersonal though.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We have a real problem with people turning up to games; some sports more than others. For example, women's basketball games never get the turn out they deserve, whereas hockey games are usually pretty well attended.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing really varies at Dartmouth. There are some beautiful houses with spacious rooms and clean, working facilities (bathroom and kitchen) but there are also others that are very badly looked after, where students are paying bills unworthy of the house. The problem is that very few landlords own most of the off-campus property, so they end up having a monopoly.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is great if that is what you want to do. It's not my thing...

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus and never plan to nor do I know of anyone who does.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Love the look of the guys here. All are smart and athletic, not to mention, tall!

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Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
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So the consensus is in—Dartmouth is a great place to go to school! For most students in most situations, it is truly the experience of a lifetime. An overwhelming majority of Dartmouth students fall head-over-heels in love with the place. It is little wonder that Dartmouth has one of the highest alumni giving rates of any college or university in the country. The College is certainly a very unique place to pursue an undergraduate degree, and the academic experience alone is worth its weight in gold. For the most part, Dartmouth professors, administrators, and support staff care deeply about the students and want to do whatever they can to make each student’s experience the best it can possibly be.

All that being said, Dartmouth is not for everyone. It is definitely a high-intensity school. The turnaround time between when classes begin and when finals are due each term is pretty rapid, and it’s not at all difficult to get snowed under—no pun intended. The social scene at Dartmouth is dominated by savvy, urban, prep-school types who are accustomed to living away from home and making their own rules, so learning how to share in many of the values, attitudes, and elements of their lifestyle and still remain true to yourself can be a challenge for many students. Dartmouth’s isolation and insularity are two of its biggest drawbacks. A phenomenon known as the “Dartmouth Bubble”—the news, information, and culture vacuum caused by Dartmouth’s geographic isolation from all major population centers—tends to breed a myopic view of college life among students and causes many to overemphasize the importance of the social goings-on at Dartmouth. It is sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that the world is a lot bigger than Hanover and that your life will ultimately be a lot richer than those four short, crazy years you spend in college. If you commit yourself to taking Dartmouth exactly as it is and prevent yourself from building it up in your mind into something it’s not, you will likely do well here and enjoy your college experience immensely.


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