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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: As I have suggested previously in this survey, 1 out of every three classes I have taken EVERY trimester has been very poor. Not just "not great" but actually very poor! One teacher out of every three has been a terrible teacher, or extremely difficult to understand and often their tests are extremely unfair and do NOT reflect the material taught in class. When the entire class performs poorly, the grades are curved so it appears that everyone did adequately, but the reality is that in those classes we have NOT learned, we have lost an opportunity to get excited about a topic probably lost a spark of interest to further explore an academic area. For the tuition we pay, we should have phenomenal teachers and when students complain about a professor year after year, they should at least NOT be teaching introductory classes. I am not alone in feeling extremely disappointed in the overall teacher quality, at least during the first two years' introductory level classes. Don't get me wrong - there have been some very good teachers too - but the ratio of terrible teachers to great teachers is not what it should be at an IVY League school

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am concerned about my future opportunities, mostly because it has been difficult to secure worthwhile internships. Freshman summer internship opportunities were limited both by limited exposure to companies to apply to, since there is no on campus career fair in the engineering school and by the limited course background. Sophomore internship was difficult for the above reasons adn additionally because the trimester off during sophomore year that is required is not when many companies hire college interns - they do it in the summer when all the Dartmouth sophomores have to be at school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am a male, and fairly strong so the issue of safety is different for me than for women. I have never felt unsafe in terms of any violent crimes etc. I don't have any friends that have been victims of sexual assault, but I have friends whose friends have been assaulted. Obviously alcohol plays a role but the school has made significant efforts to limit alcohol availablity. I put N?A for support services and administrative support for victims of sexual assault, only because I don't really know, since I haven't had any first hand experience with anyone involved with this.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Only issue with housing has to do with the Dplna, where students leave campus for 1 trimester during their sophomore year. This requires a lot of moving in and out of dorms. it also means that during the sophomore year, your friends that you made during Freshman year are never all at school on campus at the same time. Each trimester that you are at school during sophomore year, people that you care about, or are learning from or working with are constantly coming and leaving campus for several months at a time and it is a bit of a negative. Sophomore summer when everyone is there again is really nice. Unfortunately, then in Junior year, people start leaving again to do a semester abroad.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Dartmouth Outing Club is probably the most important Club on campus and provides equipment, trips and rentals as well as TONS of opportunities to learn about all kinds of outdoor activities,, from camping, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and the list is truly endless. students teach students and it is great. Dartmouth has skiway mountain too, where students are trained to be ski patrol and provide emergency first responder care - this is a competitive position to apply for, but it is a significant responsibility and learning experience.

there are lots of other sports that I am not involved in, but people are pretty involved in outdoor activities all the time whether in a club or a sport.s

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would definitely choose Dartmouth again. I love the spirit of the school, the people, the professors and all of the non-academic learning experiences that are available. I think in the Engineering school there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of consistently having consistently good teachers. For the most part, teachers are good in the entry level classes, occasionally there is a great teacher, but often ( so far 1 class out of three, every trimester) there is one teacher who isvery suboptimal in their ability to teach or communicate well. Not acceptable at this type of school.

Additionally, because Dartmouth is out of the way for most companies, their engineering recruiting fairs are extremely lacking in depth and availability. Much of the fair is online. Being only 3 hours from Boston, The Thayer school of engineering should host a weekend or trip to Boston for a recruiting fair to coincide with all the other colleges there when there are HUNDREDS of companies available to talk to and connect with. Students could take a bus to Boston and even make up the classes that are missed at some later point if necessary. Job hunting and internship opportunities are far inferior than at many other schools, even if they are not as highly ranked as Dartmouth!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes are amazing. I picked classes tauht by Dart's best faculty and I can see why they're the best of the best.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Dartmouth has tons of connections/networks. Also, it's name is super prestigious. Finding jobs is a breeze with campus services/recruitment

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They care about students and aren't too punitive

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a good house with really good facilities (newest).

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Dart's greek life is super open and welcoming. It's fun and you can be a part of not and it's all okay

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of involvement in sports/athletics!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I couldn't be happier. Love my classes, love my teachers, love my peers

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've met new people from around the country and the world. The classes are a wide range to choose from and so far my professors have been very supportive in helping me pass and be successful in the classroom.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alumni networking is great. There are many career centers and fairs that help students get to the next level.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: During the weekends when students throw or are going to parties or little get togethers sometimes it gets out of hand. The places I feel uncomfortable around is frat row.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Choates and sometimes the heater wouldn't be working. In the spring there were no AC coolers and it was very hot in the dorms. Sometimes the window wouldn't open all the way.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I've heard many stories about parties and alumni coming back and hazing new recruits.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics is a big part of campus life. Many people attend these events.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is a small school and I like how everything is within walking distance. The professors expect highly of its students and generally want to help them as much as they can to be successful.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Dartmouth. Classes are all informative, though first-level classes are larger than what I'm used to coming out of a small high school. I can't wait to take some more specialized classes. Professors are great and very welcoming.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Dartmouth has quite a name, and the D-Plan makes it so that there's not competition for internships or employment during the year. A lot of people have gotten connections and work through Dartmouth alumni as well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and in the town of Hanover, even at night.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fayerweather mid, where I am living, is one of the best dorms on campus. It is decently close to my classes. However, the River cluster is quite far away from everything, and some of the dorms are not very spacious.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Dartmouth athletics isn't huge, but it is welcoming. I'm participating in intramural sports and they are great fun!

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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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