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Reviews 586 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good school spirit, but sports don't completely dominate campus culture.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus, wonderful students and professors. Very expensive though!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at Dartmouth

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Such an amazing institution to be a part of

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is phenomenal

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Beautiful campus with great options

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: huge part of life here

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I wish there was greater student support for sport

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely love everything about it

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are top-notch for athletes. This creates an area where the resources are available for athletes to practice getting better without any worry.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people here are wonderful and it was one of the main reasons I decided to attend here. The location makes it secluded so it allows you to get involved with things on campus and form a bond with the students here.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'd miss New Hampshire so much, that's why I chose Dartmouth. Also, I knew Dartmouth was well-known for its emphasis on educating undergraduates well and I know it's been really the case given all of the great professors I've had! I only wish the school wasn't so expensive, though. My mental health doesn't always feel too good when I'm super stressed by my workload either. I wouldn't give up the friends I've made since freshman year though.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in McLaughlin, some of the newest and nicest dorms on campus, in a spacious one-room double. The room is perfect and I really don't wanna leave it at the end of the year (it's honestly better than my room at home and most hotel rooms), but there are very few bad housing options on campus (besides, perhaps, the River).

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally don't enjoy going to frats, but that's a personal choice. As far as Greek life goes, Dartmouth's is quite exciting, community-oriented, and welcoming. Greeks seem to get a lot out of their participation in Greek Life.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus is absolutely beautiful, the faculty are impressive and helpful, the students are diverse, extraordinary, and cooperative. The biggest problem ive had with my experience is the reliance of the social scene on frats, but even they're super friendly and welcoming and most of my friends really enjoy them. The opportunities here are endless and I wouldn't wish to go anywhere else.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great, some professors could be more involved.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: In general great, but some professors (especially science) could have been more involved.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Felt safe but definitely issues around racism and sexual assault.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Great experience living in a community house (Cutter Shabazz), my family for 3 years.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not my thing, but good for those that liked that kind of stuff.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Great community, friendliest of the Ivies. Some professors could have been better in terms of reaching out to the students (especially in the sciences).

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: When I attended (2009-13), the football performed very poorly, but I believe they're improving.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can't beat a Dartmouth frat party. Everything is right on campus, all the houses are always open to anyone.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat parties definitely are a great way to relieve stress and make new friends and are definitely very positive.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: People here are extremely PC, over-the-top so. Diversity is all everyone seems to want.

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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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