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5 College Student

Scholarships: I received an awesome financial aid package. It was the best offer out of all of my schools.

College Student

Campus Food: I haven't yet started attending the college. I will begin my first semester in September.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Hanover does not allow chains.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Big weekends are the best.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Friendly staff and personal attention

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Moved almost every term due to the D-Plan (off terms). Dorms are clean, custodians are nice. Moving can be a pain but everyone is helpful. I love how open the living spaces are. No sign-ins or guards, so you can easily visit all your friends. All of them are convenient and close because the campus is small.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Definitely better than on-campus housing if you are willing to brave the winter on the way to class. The freedom is worth it for sure.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Same things over and over again. You got your Pizza, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Tapas, Mexican, American Comfort Food and Coffee place. and Subway and Starbucks. I guess you don't need much else.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Except for this new prohibition thing that will obviously only make things worse, the school is not really interested in breaking up the fun or making sure people are not partying. The most important thing to Dartmouth is the student's safety and/or Dartmouth's public image: you can get away with most things that don't jeopardize one/both of those.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I went through Dartmouth paying a minimal amount for school. This is a rare happening for international students. Dartmouth has the money, you just gotta ask for it.

2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: It's bad in the sense that there is a crazy amount of partying but it is bad partying. Literally, cries on cries in the wilderness. People getting hammered because we are all in the woods with no other social outlet than each other. With the new prohibition situation, I only foresee it getting worse and less safe with hard-drinking happening only behind close doors.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's expensive and the swipe situation is not super practical but the school is getting better about it: now some of the extra DBA rolls over. Plus, there is really nothing else to eat around hanover. Even if you manage to get on the off-campus meal-plan, you have to navigate the amount of time shopping + cooking for yourself takes in conjunction to how much time you need for academics. The meal-plan is not amazing, but it is pretty convenient.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing is pretty great granted there is really not much else available except for greek/society houses and off-campus houses. It's clean, well taken care of, somewhat spacious depending on what lottery number you get and good in terms of location. The lottery system is rather hectic but manageable.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although Dartmouth has its problem, I've had an amazing time. I've grown as a person in so many respects, learned so much about my field, and have had the opportunity to study abroad twice.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: While I have yet to graduate, I think that the experience I am looking for is a difficult one (politics).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: They have definitely improved over time, but are a farrr way to go.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is the most controversial thing on campus. There's a ton of debate about sexual assault, binge drinking, and lack of inclusivity (fancy words meaning creating elitist areas), and such. It's pretty revealing that these problems are always discussed with Greek institutions to show how pervasive the problem is.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: Gym is not that great - athletes have it good with top quality equipment

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Although I've never lived off-campus, plenty of my friends have apartments off-campus. The rooms are ok, but they are basically dorms off-campus with more freedom. Same quality (perhaps slightly depending on the place).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is definitely great quality, but it is damn expensive.

2 College Junior

Administration: Administration is more concerned with PR than students, and most students agree with this.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Dartmouth financial aid is amazing, but the process is annoying for sure.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Party scene is dominated by frats, but whether that's a good or bad thing is still up for debate

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Food is great and there's a lot of variety, but it is ridiculously expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Trips and orientation are often some of students favorite experiences here.

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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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