Location
Hanover, NH
Undergrads
4,139
Tuition
$42,996
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 719 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for scholarships because they do not offer merit aid.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being an isolated New England school, diversity is okay.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I never really go off campus because the food on campus is great!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here at the BIG GREEN! I would not choose anywhere else.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I feel like there is always (in college in general) too much emphasis on sports.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school has a lot of money, and it's financial aid is pretty good. Compared to other Ivy's, it's not the best. Our costs are really high, and we spend lots of unnecessary money on administration. Those who really need aid get it, and I think that the middle class gets the short end of the stick.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Rule #1: Don't get caught. If you do get caught, then just be respectful, and you'll generally be fine. They understand that it is college and kids will do stupid stuff, so they try not to punish you unfairly for it. Safety and Security is generally helpful. The strictness depends on which dorms you live in; some are very lenient and some are very strict. You can tailor your life to what you want it to be.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer science majors have their own building with their own labs, and the engineers do too. We have a media center with unlimited access to any kind of digital tech (computers, microphones, cameras, etc) and a computer area in the library. I have never needed a computer and not been able to find one. That being said, it's absolutely necessary to bring your own for convenience's sake. Everyone has their own, and it makes life a lot easier.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Dartmouth! Like any institution, it has it's strong sides and faults, but overall, I am in love with my college experience. We have some of the smartest, most athletic, open-minded, motivated individuals, and everyone loves being there and wants to make it better. The traditions we have are amazing, and the academics are top notch. The professors love teaching, and there are a few not so good apples in the mix, but overall, its a fantastic institution.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think that overall, we have great diversity. We have so many minorities and internationals that it is impossible not to have many of them in your friend group. Most people are accepting of everyone, but like anywhere, there are a few people that are very conservative and not the friendliest. They at least don't show it openly very often, however. LGBT groups and minority groups have lots of resources and activities and events and are very vocal on campus when things do go awry. I think it's all really good though.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some of our varsity teams are the best in the nation. It's a D1 Ivy, so sports are obviously competitive and a big part of campus life, but certainly not the most important. People cheer on the teams. Club teams and intramurals are also available, and there are many gym classes (ie. yoga, zumba, etc) as well as outdoors type classes (rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc.) that can all be taken for PE credit. Some club teams are more competitive than others, but our campus is really really fit and healthy overall. I'd say less than 1% of the students are obese/ overweight. The gym is big and more than enough for the average student.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If fraternities are your scene, you're in luck! We have lots of frats with varying personalities, but there is definitely a place for everyone. Also, the frat system in general is very open, unlike many other schools. If you're a brother in one house, you can just as easily walk into another house and chill there with no problems. The town has no bars or nightclubs/ nightlife, so that's a downside.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a quaint New England Town with many greats restaurants and shops. There are all the basic amenities that you would want, but it is certainly not a town for college students looking to go to bars and nightclubs (there are none!). That being said, the people are nice and friendly, and the surrounding area is gorgeous with many outoorsy things to do and lots of people taking advantage of it. It's near two big highways, so travel to other places is possible, and there is a free bus system that runs to the neighboring five towns that runs Mon-Fri.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety & Security (SNS) is generally very good. They offer transports and safe rides during the day and at night until 2am. They are generally making sure kids don't hurt themselves and trying to prevent bad outcomes rather than actively searching and busting people. Dick's House has lots of resources and really friendly staff and environment, and you can stay as long as you want overnight for free!

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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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