Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Named the world’s “most enduring institutions,” Dartmouth was founded in 1769 by Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregationalist minister from Connecticut, whose mission was to establish an institution for the education of Native Americans. In 1972 – the same year the university became co-educational – Dartmouth reaffirmed its founding mission by establishing a Native American Program, one of the first in the nation. Since that time, Dartmouth has graduated more Native American students than all other Ivy League institutes combined. Consistently ranked among the world’s greatest academic institutions, Dartmouth continues to lead through its outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education.
Accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Dartmouth awards baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degrees in a wide variety of areas. Dartmouth’s undergraduate programs offer students flexible study plans, consisting of four ten-week terms, which allow students to decide when to schedule on-campus study. Time off campus may be spent gaining work experience, interning, or studying abroad through one of the university’s several foreign study programs. Over forty departments and interdisciplinary programs exist in the Arts & Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Dartmouth offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and programs and over ten interdisciplinary programs including Linguistics and Environmental Studies Program; Cognitive Science Program; Mathematics and Social Sciences Program; Native American Studies Program and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Dartmouth’s three leading professional schools consist of the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business, through which approximately forty different Master’s and Doctoral degrees are awarded. Students have access to a whole host of resources, including Dartmouth’s impressive library system which is made up of nearly ten libraries and centers.
Over 6,000 students are enrolled at Dartmouth, including more than 4,000 undergraduates. Approximately 90% of all undergraduates live on campus in the university’s residence halls, approved co-ed, fraternity or sorority houses, and undergraduate society or affinity houses. Housing for graduate students is offered at the North Park Graduate Housing complex, Tuck School of Business, and Sachem Village. At least five main dining areas are available to students on the school campus and provide an award-winning food service. Students can also catch a snack between meals at one of two cafes located in the Baker-Berry Library.
Approximately 160 undergraduate student groups exist, catering to a wide range of interests, passions, and cultures. Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) is the largest and oldest collegiate outing club in the country and sponsors outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship. Dartmouth is also home to the first collegiate newspaper in the US, The Dartmouth, which was started in 1799. As an NCAA Division I-AA school, more than 75% of undergraduate students are involved in athletics and Dartmouth boasts over 30 varsity teams.