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3 College Freshman

Academics: The work load can be overwhelming with the other athletics and activities expected of students. Time is just tight.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The campus offers so MANY avenues to improve readings e.g. RWIT tutoring

4 College Freshman

Academics: At any time, students may sign up for a minimum of two classes and a maximum of four classes a term. Usually, one would take three. Now, three classes doesn't sound like a lot of work, but Dartmouth runs on a trimester system so each term flashes by in about 10 weeks. Also, it's Dartmouth, you're in for a lot of work no matter what class you sign up for! I think I was pretty lucky my first term though. I signed up for classes in Spanish, Human Biology, and Multivariable Calculus, but it felt like I had much less work and stress than expected for my first term of college. That's not to say the classes were super easy, but I definitely got more sleep than most of my friends did haha. Also, I did super well in all of my classes and my exams! I think that was mostly in part due to my professors. They were friendly and actually cared about what they were teaching and the success of their students. The curriculum of their classes were also well-organized, although I did feel a little rushed due to there being only 10 weeks to learn everything. Even so, I can definitely say I'm looking forward to the classes I'll be taking in the future. Dartmouth has such a wide variety of subjects, being a liberal arts school, that I can always find something to be interested in if I'm unable to get into the class I wanted.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors I've had have been great and very approachable.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Top-notch school with fantastic academics! Students are smart and driven. Great professors, programs, and lots of opportunities for research. Strong focus on undergrads!

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All classes at Dartmouth are taught by professors—collectively, they are one of the College’s winningest assets. Students consistently cite their profs as THE most outstanding part of their Dartmouth experience. Many profs are surprisingly easy to build relationships with that extend well beyond the confines of the ordinary classroom environment. Seek them out—they are warm, caring, sharing, and wise. Dartmouth also offers a diverse array of foreign and off-campus study opportunities. Thanks to the D-Plan, Dartmouth students have flexibility built into their schedules, allowing them to take advantage of all sorts of stupendous off-campus offerings. Students typically take three courses per term, which is ten weeks long and seems to pass by very quickly, so if you’re stuck with a course that you don’t like, you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Likewise, if you get stuck with a course that you really, really don’t like, you can always drop it or choose to “NRO” it. You’re never locked into anything, and most Dartmouth students do a fair bit of “shopping” around for the right course at the beginning of each term.

 

As would be expected of an institution of Dartmouth’s caliber, classes are challenging, professors are brilliant, and academic experiences are positive in most cases. “Work hard, play hard” is an oft-quoted and appropriate motto. While Dartmouth students do like to let loose on the weekends and remain surprisingly non-competitive when it comes to grades, most of them study more than they let on, particularly as finals draw near.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
539
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
128
Total FT Faculty
813
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$105,718
Full-Time Retention Rate
98%
Graduation Rate
96%
Programs/Majors Offered
72
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 29%
  • 50 or More Students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Dartmouth College
  • Thayer School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • General Engineering Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Berry Library third floor
  • First floor of Berry-if you want to do more socializing than actual studying
  • Paddock Music Library
  • Sanborn Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Always go to class when midterms or finals are coming up.
  • Avoid morning classes or Tuesday and Thursday classes altogether.
  • Don't let BlitzMail consume your life (It's challenging!).
  • Find two or three good study spots, and move around.
  • Have at least one good friend in every class.
  • Plan a break or fun activity into your schedule.
  • Take naps in the afternoon.
  • Use distributive requirements as an excuse to take fun, easy, or interesting classes.
Did You Know?
  • According to the Institute of International Education, Dartmouth has the highest fraction of students who study abroad (47%).
  • In need of luck during finals? Just rub the nose of Warner Bentley's bust in the Hopkins Center.
  • A perennial powerhouse, the Dartmouth Forensic Union policy debate team has won six national championships.
  • Dartmouth students measure their progress towards graduation with credits rather than hours; each class counts as one credit.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 27% Theodore ("Dr.") Seuss Geisel - famous author
  • 19% Robert Frost - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • 15% Daniel Webster - former secretary of state
  • 12% (Mister) Fred Rogers - children's television entertainer
  • 12% Nelson Rockefeller - 41st U.S. vice president
  • 8% Dr. C. Everett Koop - former U.S. surgeon general
  • 4% Mindy Kaling -- Actor and Comedian
  • 4% Mindy Kaling
  • 0% Pat Weaver - creator, "The Today Show" and "The Tonight Show"
  • 0% Rachel Dratch - actress, comedian, former "SNL" cast member
  • 0% Dinesh D'Souza - political journalist, cultural critic
  • 0% Charles Alfred Pillsbury - founder, Pillsbury Co.
  • 0% Paul Gigot - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • 0% Paavo Lipponen - former Finnish prime minister
  • 0% Shonda Rhimes - writer/director/producer
  • 0% Robert Reich - former secretary of labor
  • 0% H. Carl McCall - New York politician
  • 0% Louis Gerstner - former IBM CEO
  • 0% David Benioff - screenwriter
  • 0% Mindy Kaling - actress

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 7 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% This was my dream school.
  • 43% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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