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Location
Hanover, NH
Undergrads
4,139
Tuition
$42,996
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The school's facilities and aesthetics are truly top-notch in my opinion. We have a great athletic center and numerous libraries on campus; a big Green space in the middle of campus that students utilize daily. It's great to sit out in the Sun during the warm months and have snowball fights during the winter. And there are little student center spaces and rooms throughout campus where students can study, watch tv, do work, or just hang out.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The facilities were great! I loved my dorm, especially Junior and Senior years, and the school always maintained a professionalism in the way it looked. The academics were great, and there are many programs that the campus offers to study abroad, or to travel overseas/within the US to do community service work.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Well, we are known for the frats, but in addition we have a huge variety of organisations, including the amazing Dartmouth Outing Club! If you want to do something, we have it, and it is either the best or the first or the largest or the only in the country.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is a typical small college town in New England. The library is the focal point of campus, with many great study spaces and an excellent rare books library that has unparalleled access for students. Dorms are mostly great, and frats are......frats. We also have the most land of any college in America, so if you want a cheap outdoors vacation, check out the stunning Grants or the Lodge.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Students are very friendly, and campus is very social. Most social events, though, do revolve around the frat and drinking scene on campus. There are various other activities in which to partake if that isn't your scene, but they might be somewhat pathetic and little-trafficked.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 103rd
    Best Library
  • 151st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 228th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 279th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 605th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Hometown
Warrington, PA
Major
Comparative Literature
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Students are generally satisfied with Dartmouth’s facilities. Although some buildings are dated, all are meticulously well maintained by ultra-efficient teams of janitors, custodians, and maintenance people from Dartmouth’s Office of Facilities Operations & Management. FO&M staff is the campus’ main line of defense against the horrendous pummeling it receives each winter from Mother Nature—their praises often go unsung. The enormous Baker-Berry Library, combined with satellite libraries specializing in art, music, business, engineering, and biomedical science, features ample study space and more than 2.2 million volumes on every imaginable topic. The Rauner Special Collections Library, in Webster Hall directly in the center of campus, is a real gem—one that is often overlooked by Dartmouth students as they scurry to and from their classes and extracurriculars.

Architecturally speaking, Dartmouth remains a fairly homogenous campus. Dartmouth Row, a series of white, brick-and-mortar buildings overlooking the Green, date from the very earliest days of the College’s existence and were constructed in a simple, New England, colonial style. Other buildings on campus, including the iconic Baker clock tower and most of Dartmouth’s Greek houses, date from the beginning of the 20th century and give the campus a slightly more nuanced, nostalgic, “European” feel. The vaulting, sinewy modernism of the Hopkins Center lends a fitting architectural counterpoint to the staid traditionalism of many of the earlier structures. “The Hop,” as it is affectionately known to the student body, is home to Dartmouth’s wonderfully diverse performing arts communit. It sits at the extreme south end of campus between the Green and the tiny town of Hanover.
Dartmouth is undertaking extensive new building projects all the time. Dorms are constantly being refurbished or erected from scratch, and a bunch of new academic buildings have opened during the past few years, all of which make use of  environmentally friendly design principles. Dartmouth’s Office of Planning, Design and Construction continues to envision new projects to grow the campus and serve the student body, like the projected $93 million, 174,000-square-foot Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, slated to open in August 2011.

 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
453
Campus Size
269 acres
Student Centers
Collis
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Baker-Berry Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Collis Commonground
  • The Green
  • Novack Café
Bar on Campus
The Lone Pine Tavern
Bowling on Campus
None, but Upper Valley Lanes and Games is in White River Junction, 10 minutes away
Coffeehouse on Campus
None, but the town of Hanover is literally teeming with them.
Movie Theater on Campus
The Loew Auditorium
School Slang
  • `Shmob : Large herd of first-year students who travel together to social events.
  • Banner Student: Website containing personal, administrative information.
  • Blackboard: Online service that allow professors to post course material and communicate with students electronically.
  • Blitz: E-mail; can be used as any part of speech.
  • Coco: "College Courses;" interdisciplinary course offerings, usually pretty interesting.
  • The D: The Dartmouth, the nation's oldest student newspaper.
  • DA$H: An account used for on-campus, non-food purchases; it's not real money.
  • Dick's House: Student health center.
  • EBA's: Everything But Anchovies; they deliver until 2 a.m.
  • FO & M: Facilities Operations and Management.
  • FSP: Foreign study program.
  • Green: Huge grassy rectangle at the center of campus.
  • HB: Hinman Box, where you pick up your mail; located in the Hop.
  • Hop, The: Hopkins Center; performing arts center of campus.
  • H-Po: Hanover Police, important to avoid when drunk.
  • LSA: Language Study Abroad.
  • NRO: Non-recording option; when invoked, allows you to receive an "NR" if you fail to achieve a desired grade in a class.
  • ORL: Office of Residential Life.
  • Parkhursted: Suspended; named after the administration building.
  • Pong: Beer pong; played exclusively with handle-less paddles
  • Robo: Robinson Hall; home of the Dartmouth Outing Club and other student organizations.
  • Rocky: Rockefeller Center; government center.
  • S&S: Safety and Security; avoid when drunk, if possible.
  • Sketchy: All-purpose word to describe anyone or anything about which you are skeptical; use liberally.
  • Sphinx: Large, tomb-like home to a secret society, located in the middle of campus.
  • Term: Used most often in place of "quarter;" saying "semester" will give you away as a newbie in a heartbeat.
  • Thayer: Dining hall and engineering school. Pay attention to context clues.
  • Tripee: Fellow member of your Freshman Trip.
  • UGA: Undergraduate assistant; a supposedly less mean version of RA.
  • Webster Ave.: Fraternity (and sorority) row.
Traditions
  • Daniel Webster: When a disgruntled trustee colluded with the governor of New Hampshire to make Dartmouth a public university, the College was represented by one of its most famous alumni. Daniel Webster was a wily rhetorician who argued on behalf of the College before the United States Supreme Court, which subsequently allowed the institution to remain private. Webster concluded his plea with remarks that are still echoed by Dartmouth students to this day: "This is, as I have said, sir, a small college.and yet there are those who love it."
  • Dartmouth Indian: One of Dartmouth's founding principles was to further the education of the Native American population in North America. Today, a certain Native mystique still surrounds the College and is embedded in Dartmouth lore. The College failed to follow through on its original charter, with fewer than 20 Native Americans graduating before the 1960s, but in the last few decades, Dartmouth has built one of the strongest Native American Studies programs in the country. While the school has never had an official mascot, the Indian-head logo graced the Dartmouth masthead, as well as many of its sports teams uniforms for decades. Since the Indian was banned in 1974, the Clay Pipe Ceremony has been cancelled and only a few seniors walk with Indian-head canes at graduation. Recent efforts to replace the nebulous "Big Green" moniker with a moose have so far been unsuccessful.
  • Green Key: With temperatures finally mild, Dartmouth students take to the outdoors to celebrate the conclusion of another school year. Green Key is arguably the biggest party weekend of the year, as students bask in the radiance of the sun for three or four straight days. Barbecues and concerts are popular, and some fraternities throw annual parties.
  • Homecoming: Each term has one "big" (read: party) weekend and in the fall it is called Homecoming. First-year students are the focus of the weekend, as this is the point when they are unofficially welcomed into the Dartmouth family. On Friday night, upperclass students collect first years from all over campus in what is known as the "Freshman Sweep." Everyone marches to the center of the Green, where a three-to four-story wooden scaffold has been erected. The scaffold is ignited and a monstrous bonfire ensues. First-year students circle the bonfire one hundred times plus the last two digits of their class year, while older students and alumni egg them on.
  • Ledyard Challenge: Before graduating, students are supposed to swim naked across the Connecticut River to Vermont-where public nudity is legal-and then scamper back across the Ledyard Bridge.
  • Lone Pine: When establishing the school on a hill, Dartmouth founder Eleazar Wheelock noticed one crooked pine tree among a cluster of straight ones. This he took to be a symbol of the College, which would struggle to survive through its own literal and metaphorical winters. While the Lone Pine has since been struck by lightning, Bartlett Tower stands in tribute to its memory, and its glazed stump is preserved.
  • Sophomore Summer: Summer school sounds less-than-glamorous, but it means three months of fantastic weather and class bonding for each sophomore class. Students often take only two courses, while lounging away the summer days at "Camp Dartmouth."
  • Winter Carnival: In the days before Dartmouth went coed, the long, lonely winter term was punctuated briefly on this weekend as hundreds of young women were bused in from all over the country. Today, a variety of sporting contests are held and brave souls leap into Occom Pond to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge. Dormitories and Greek houses erect small snow sculptures on their properties, while a giant sculpture is carved out of a huge pile of snow in the center of the Green.
Urban Legends
  • Beer pong was invented at Dartmouth-students believe that their paddle version is a purer form of the game than the oft-played Beirut.
  • Students caught drinking during orientation and before matriculation will have their admission rescinded.
Favorite Things To Do
Dartmouth goes out of its way to keep students entertained. Big name musical, comedy, dance, and theater acts perform at the Hopkins Center all the time. Student musical, dance, and theater ensembles also stage performances each term. On off-nights at "The Hop" there's usually a movie showing or some gala going on at the Hood Museum of Art, right next door. Students mob the Green during those rare points in the school year when it's warm enough to be outside. Pickup games of rugby, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee are common. Collis Commonground is home to everything from academic conferences and volunteer fairs to student performances and dance parties. Students can always be found shooting pool or enhancing their beer pong game by playing ping-pong in the basement of Thayer Dining Hall or the Collis Student Center. The Kresge Fitness Center on the third floor of Alumni Gym was redesigned in the summer of 2006, and features state-of-the-art cardio, resistance training, and other fitness equipment, as well as ample free weights. The Dartmouth Outing Club is one of the oldest and largest student organizations on campus. It organizes a wide variety of outdoor activities for students of all interests and experience levels.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.dartmouth.edu/~sao/coso/orgs.html
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 400 student organizations on campus. The following is a partial list.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Hopkins Center architect Wallace Harrison also designed the Lincoln Center and the United Nations building.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 29 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 28% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 41% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 24% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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