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Reviews 743 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The actual food is good. The system of buying it is not. If there is one thing that unites practically all Dartmouth students, it is that they dislike DDS.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Overall a good looking student body, but I am sure other schools put us to shame.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is no nightlife scene in the town. Most nightlife occurs at Greek houses, with the occasional school-sponsored event in Collis or Hop Garage. The Greek scene is fun, but some variety would be nice.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid is good, but it could be better. Also, they say no loans but I have to take out loans anyway.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Overall, the campus is amazing...the buildings are mostly modern inside (with the exception of a few dorms and random buildings).

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: To be honest, people don't attend many varsity games. There are two main exceptions - Princeton hockey, and Homecoming football.

The athletic facilities, on the other hand, are top-notch. Amazing fitness center, squash courts, and other facilities (the pool is being renovated this year as well).

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: I couldn't be more impressed. The US News #1 undergrad teaching ranking seems accurate. The profs I have had have been incredibly smart, articulate, and passionate, and are often leaders in their fields. The library is great - very modern and plenty of space to study (except for during finals). The workload is tough but manageable; it definitely forces you to be careful with your time management.

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College Sophomore

Academics: I haven't declared my major yet.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The quality of my academic experience has been great. I've learned so much more than I had in high school. The profs are high quality, they care, and they push you to learn.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From the graduating seniors I know, I can tell that a degree is very valuable. Personally, I just finished my first year, but I landed an internship through the public policy department's connections with alumni.

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4 College Sophomore

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kirk Greenwood
Hometown
Warrington, PA
Major
Comparative Literature
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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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