Diversity

Location
Hanover, NH
Undergrads
4,139
Tuition
$42,996
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

3 College Freshman

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

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.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Gone are the days of Dartmouth being conservative and white. People here are also the most well adjusted of any ivy for sure.

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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  • 298th
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  • 1126th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Hometown
Warrington, PA
Major
Comparative Literature
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For the first two centuries of its existence, Dartmouth was solidly and staunchly white, heterosexual, and male—the College did not go coed until 1972. Even among its fellow Ivies, Dartmouth has always been infamous for its hidebound sense of tradition. These days, the administration tries hard to soft-pedal Dartmouth’s storied past as a bastion of WASP privilege and exclusivity. The College gladly offers all sorts of special programming and opportunities to members of historically underrepresented social groups. Efforts to recruit Native American students, who are specifically mentioned in the College’s charter, are particularly vigorous. There is also a sizable and vibrant population of international students on campus. While female and minority students have long been proportionally represented at Dartmouth, many still feel like outsiders on a campus that is so steeped in the backwoodsy, fraternity culture of the old New England establishment. For instance, the ratio of sororities and coed social organizations to fraternities is still pretty alarming. Some students feel that ethnic minority groups tend to self-segregate by opting to live in affinity housing or ethnically homogenous Greek houses or by participating in too many special interest activities.

Race and ethnicity notwithstanding, Dartmouth is dominated by upper-middle-class students from the metropolitan East, especially New York and Boston. Open-minded Dartmouth students typically mix easily and make friends with people from all regions and socioeconomic backgrounds. Happily, friendships at Dartmouth cross many of the other traditional boundaries as well. Despite the occasional flare-up of tension on a particular racial, sexual, or political issue, a strong sense of community and school spirit generally prevails over individual differences.

 

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
8%
International
7%
Native American
3%
White
48%
Unknown
9%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
98%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 14%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Dartmouth is a largely welcoming place for the LBGTQ community. In Fall 2007, The Gay Straight Alliance was reconstituted as Gender Sexuality XYZ. The organization seeks to increase understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society. It holds weekly meetings and also coordinates social and advocacy-related events, including issue-oriented discussions and Day of Silence observations. A strong majority of Dartmouth students are supportive of the Gender Sexuality XYZ, the LBGTQ community as a whole, and efforts to raise the profile of LBGTQ issues both on Dartmouth's campus and within the broader society.
Political Activity
Dartmouth's student body is fairly politically conscious-a record 92.5 percent of registered, Dartmouth student-voters went to the polls during the 2008 Presidential election. There are student groups representing both major political parties and dozens of allied interests. The conservative Dartmouth Review, the liberal Dartmouth Free Press, and the libertarian Dartmouth Independent are happy to opine on issues ranging from the highly rarefied to the patently vulgar or absurd. Because New Hampshire is a high-intensity primary state, most Dartmouth students are treated to a ringside seat at some point during their academic careers as presidential aspirants from both major parties and a host of minor ones descend on the campus to verbally spar with one other and schmooze the electorate.
Economic Status
Financial aid notwithstanding, Dartmouth is a very expensive place to go to college! And a large chunk of the incoming classes receive no financial aid whatsoever, meaning there are some very wealthy people sending their kids to Dartmouth. However, there are also students from middle-income, upper-middle-income, and even low-income backgrounds. And most students are down-to-earth and noncompetitive about grades and social status. Some of the "rich kids" are spoiled, but few are outright snobby. If an individual experiences any culture clash at all upon entering Dartmouth, it will most likely be in the social arena where peer pressure and different students' comfort levels with social and lifestyle choices like sex, partying, and the use and abuse of certain recreational drugs have a very strong sociodemographic and even regional bend to them.
Most Common Religions
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dartmouth is a staunchly secular place in terms of official college policy and the spiritual persuasion of a majority of its professors. The nondenominational Tucker Foundation works to ensure that members of all religious creeds feel welcome and accepted at Dartmouth. Buddhist, Christian, Hindi, Jewish, and Muslim groups all have a presence on campus, but their outlook is pluralistic and their influence over the campus mainstream is somewhat limited.
Minority Clubs on Campus
AfriCaSO, Dartmouth Asian Organization, Dartmouth Chinese Culture Society, Hokupa’a, International Students Association, Japan Society, Korean American Students Association, La Alianza Latina, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan), MOSAIC, Native Americans at Dartmouth, Shamis, Vietnamese Student Association

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 30% Liberal
  • 18% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 9% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 48% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 24% Very accepting.

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