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5 College Freshman

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

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lot of different people from different backgrounds, with different beliefs and experiences. Do a great job of sharing with each other and they learn a lot from interacting.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are roughly 10% international students, in addition to a wide variety of students from within the United States. The freshman room draw provides a great opportunity to experience something other than what you are used to. My roommate's family comes from Nigeria and as such he was very different then me. I was able to learn so much about the manners in which our upbringings were starkly different and yet in other areas quite similar, an experience I really value.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I still do think Dartmouth has a way to go. There are many students who still don't feel very accepted at Dartmouth, where for race, religion or sexuality. There is a very homogenous 'typical' experience which can be very excluding for the students who don't fit that mould.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being an isolated New England school, diversity is okay.


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For the first two centuries of its existence, Dartmouth was solidly and staunchly white, heterosexual, and male—the College did not go coed until 1972. Even among its fellow Ivies, Dartmouth has always been infamous for its hidebound sense of tradition. These days, the administration tries hard to soft-pedal Dartmouth’s storied past as a bastion of WASP privilege and exclusivity. The College gladly offers all sorts of special programming and opportunities to members of historically underrepresented social groups. Efforts to recruit Native American students, who are specifically mentioned in the College’s charter, are particularly vigorous. There is also a sizable and vibrant population of international students on campus. While female and minority students have long been proportionally represented at Dartmouth, many still feel like outsiders on a campus that is so steeped in the backwoodsy, fraternity culture of the old New England establishment. For instance, the ratio of sororities and coed social organizations to fraternities is still pretty alarming. Some students feel that ethnic minority groups tend to self-segregate by opting to live in affinity housing or ethnically homogenous Greek houses or by participating in too many special interest activities.

Race and ethnicity notwithstanding, Dartmouth is dominated by upper-middle-class students from the metropolitan East, especially New York and Boston. Open-minded Dartmouth students typically mix easily and make friends with people from all regions and socioeconomic backgrounds. Happily, friendships at Dartmouth cross many of the other traditional boundaries as well. Despite the occasional flare-up of tension on a particular racial, sexual, or political issue, a strong sense of community and school spirit generally prevails over individual differences.


Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 14%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Dartmouth is a largely welcoming place for the LBGTQ community. In Fall 2007, The Gay Straight Alliance was reconstituted as Gender Sexuality XYZ. The organization seeks to increase understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society. It holds weekly meetings and also coordinates social and advocacy-related events, including issue-oriented discussions and Day of Silence observations. A strong majority of Dartmouth students are supportive of the Gender Sexuality XYZ, the LBGTQ community as a whole, and efforts to raise the profile of LBGTQ issues both on Dartmouth's campus and within the broader society.
Political Activity
Dartmouth's student body is fairly politically conscious-a record 92.5 percent of registered, Dartmouth student-voters went to the polls during the 2008 Presidential election. There are student groups representing both major political parties and dozens of allied interests. The conservative Dartmouth Review, the liberal Dartmouth Free Press, and the libertarian Dartmouth Independent are happy to opine on issues ranging from the highly rarefied to the patently vulgar or absurd. Because New Hampshire is a high-intensity primary state, most Dartmouth students are treated to a ringside seat at some point during their academic careers as presidential aspirants from both major parties and a host of minor ones descend on the campus to verbally spar with one other and schmooze the electorate.
Economic Status
Financial aid notwithstanding, Dartmouth is a very expensive place to go to college! And a large chunk of the incoming classes receive no financial aid whatsoever, meaning there are some very wealthy people sending their kids to Dartmouth. However, there are also students from middle-income, upper-middle-income, and even low-income backgrounds. And most students are down-to-earth and noncompetitive about grades and social status. Some of the "rich kids" are spoiled, but few are outright snobby. If an individual experiences any culture clash at all upon entering Dartmouth, it will most likely be in the social arena where peer pressure and different students' comfort levels with social and lifestyle choices like sex, partying, and the use and abuse of certain recreational drugs have a very strong sociodemographic and even regional bend to them.
Most Common Religions
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dartmouth is a staunchly secular place in terms of official college policy and the spiritual persuasion of a majority of its professors. The nondenominational Tucker Foundation works to ensure that members of all religious creeds feel welcome and accepted at Dartmouth. Buddhist, Christian, Hindi, Jewish, and Muslim groups all have a presence on campus, but their outlook is pluralistic and their influence over the campus mainstream is somewhat limited.
Minority Clubs on Campus
AfriCaSO, Dartmouth Asian Organization, Dartmouth Chinese Culture Society, Hokupa’a, International Students Association, Japan Society, Korean American Students Association, La Alianza Latina, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan), MOSAIC, Native Americans at Dartmouth, Shamis, Vietnamese Student Association

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 16% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 47 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 43 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% Republican
  • 43% Democratic
  • 30% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 9% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 54% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 50% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 30% Very accepting.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 14% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 14% It's hard to be a minority here.


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