Location
Hanover, NH
Undergrads
4,139
Tuition
$42,996
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 666 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Weather: Winter sucks. Imagine coming from sunny California and BAM! Put into blankets of snow and ice with sub zero degree temperatures. Sometimes in the winter I don't even go to class because I get way too cold.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The officers (Safety and Security) are actually there for your security, not to get you in to trouble. Dartmouth is fairly lenient with its policies making the campus life quite enjoyable.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: The tech support is fine. My main complaint is the wireless network. It sucks. Sometimes it takes what seems to be days to load a single page.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: There have recently been many protests over this exact same concept of diversity. I think Dartmouth may be able to do a better job with the diversity here, but it is hard to please everybody.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus all four years so I really do not know much about off-campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I thought I would enjoy the night scene more than I actually do. Don't get me wrong, the frats can be fun and all, but it is the same thing every weekend. Plus the frat basements smell like piss.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I like my economics department. It is one of the best in the nation. I am also minoring in Chinese and guess what. Next fall I'll be in China because my school really pushes for students to study abroad (which is a wonderful thing). As for my career goals I am unsure of. I know it will be in the field of finance and I really don't have any concerns because Dartmouth has an extremely strong network system.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: We do not pick majors until the end of our sophomore year, but we do have academic advisers that guide us throughout our time here at Dartmouth in our respective fields.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: As for Varsity sports, we kind of suck. Nobody really cares though, since almost everyone here is an athlete in one way or another. Most people go to the gym and even for a small school, our gym is way too small. And we need more basketball courts for the normal students.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The social scene is basically just drinking. Frats run the social scene here at Dartmouth. Because freshmen do not have cars, it is very difficult to go off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I broke my wrist at the beginning of my freshman fall. The process to get seen was a hassle and then they told me I was lucky they had a doctor in because of a football game. So ummm... does that mean normally I would be screwed. I don't really know. Anyways, they did what they had to do, gave me a splint, sent me off on my way, and it eventually healed.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Well Dartmouth College is not known to give out extremely generous scholarships. In my case, I was accepted into Harvard University with an extremely generous offer. Due to an honor system between all of the Ivy League schools, Dartmouth matched my scholarship and I was set to come to Dartmouth.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: a lot on frat row

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: small community that breeds inclusion

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol monitoring/safety is very poor. There are systems in place for overdrinking, but there are no consequence-free methods of keeping students safe, so many cases go unreported of unsafe alcohol or drug use.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Attitudes of privilege can be prevalent depending on your social circles. Dartmouth is pretty diverse on the whole, though

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are great and some are awful. The housing process is unnecessarily tedious, so off-campus housing is advantageous for many students (it also allows more meal plan freedom)

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: THe security is very good, but binge drinking is still the culture on our campus. Students are unsafe with alcohol and sexual assault is a real issue.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There isn't much crime on campus. I always felt safe, even while walking by myself late at night. The security officers are there if you need them, but they're not much help at times. And the health building is okay; if you know people they are helpful, but sometimes they don't do much and still charge you a lot of money.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I loved the dining halls on campus. They were pretty good about having a variety of options, especially for people with special dietary requirements.

When I first came to school, I had had surgery and needed to be on a liquid diet for a few months. The school worked with me to ensure that I had access to certain foods, and also being a vegetarian, there were always delicious vegetarian/vegan options on campus. Certain dining halls and cafes also stayed open late to ensure students could get food late at night while studying or after being out at a party.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life runs the social atmosphere on campus. Everyone is allowed to go to most parties, mostly because those are the only parties. They are somewhat insular and revolve around drinking, but it is usually the only option.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Most student just walk. There's no real need for public transportation on campus because you can get from one end of the school to the other in a 10-minute walk. If you're going off campus, there is a shuttle but it's not very reliable and comes infrequently.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I really loved my academic experience. The professors and courses were wonderful and really helped me grow intellectually. I was opened to many new topics and learning experiences and they have been applicable to my post-graduate life, even though I am working in a different field from my major.

The social scene was a bit difficult for me. As someone who did not partake in drinking or drugs and was not in a sorority, I always felt a bit out of place considering at least 80% of the student population is in a fraternity/sorority. I did, however, make the most of it, and was active within the Afro-American Society on campus, and worked 3-4 jobs as well as danced in a student-run dance group. These extracurricular activities were my stress release and also helped me to remain social despite my non-conventional social status on campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I loved my dorms on campus! They were fairly spacious and in close proximity to classes and the dining halls. It was nice to have your own space on campus, though the housing process to get a "good" dorm was sometimes stressful.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There really isn't a "nightlife" at school, with the exception of frat parties. Most students walk to these because the campus is so small, and you never have to pay to get in or drink (unless the event is a fundraiser).

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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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