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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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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.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 208th
    Smartest Professors
  • 229th
    Most Available Classes
  • 267th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 343rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 424th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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All classes at Dartmouth are taught by professors—collectively, they are one of the College’s winningest assets. Students consistently cite their profs as THE most outstanding part of their Dartmouth experience. Many profs are surprisingly easy to build relationships with that extend well beyond the confines of the ordinary classroom environment. Seek them out—they are warm, caring, sharing, and wise. Dartmouth also offers a diverse array of foreign and off-campus study opportunities. Thanks to the D-Plan, Dartmouth students have flexibility built into their schedules, allowing them to take advantage of all sorts of stupendous off-campus offerings. Students typically take three courses per term, which is ten weeks long and seems to pass by very quickly, so if you’re stuck with a course that you don’t like, you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Likewise, if you get stuck with a course that you really, really don’t like, you can always drop it or choose to “NRO” it. You’re never locked into anything, and most Dartmouth students do a fair bit of “shopping” around for the right course at the beginning of each term.


As would be expected of an institution of Dartmouth’s caliber, classes are challenging, professors are brilliant, and academic experiences are positive in most cases. “Work hard, play hard” is an oft-quoted and appropriate motto. While Dartmouth students do like to let loose on the weekends and remain surprisingly non-competitive when it comes to grades, most of them study more than they let on, particularly as finals draw near.


Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 29%
  • 50 or More Students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Dartmouth College
  • Thayer School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • General Engineering Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Berry Library third floor
  • First floor of Berry-if you want to do more socializing than actual studying
  • Paddock Music Library
  • Sanborn Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Always go to class when midterms or finals are coming up.
  • Avoid morning classes or Tuesday and Thursday classes altogether.
  • Don't let BlitzMail consume your life (It's challenging!).
  • Find two or three good study spots, and move around.
  • Have at least one good friend in every class.
  • Plan a break or fun activity into your schedule.
  • Take naps in the afternoon.
  • Use distributive requirements as an excuse to take fun, easy, or interesting classes.
Did You Know?
  • According to the Institute of International Education, Dartmouth has the highest fraction of students who study abroad (47%).
  • In need of luck during finals? Just rub the nose of Warner Bentley's bust in the Hopkins Center.
  • A perennial powerhouse, the Dartmouth Forensic Union policy debate team has won six national championships.
  • Dartmouth students measure their progress towards graduation with credits rather than hours; each class counts as one credit.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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