Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College


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Recent Reviews

Emily
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are passionate, compassionate, focused, engaged, deeply thoughtful, musical, dynamic, talented in a huge variet...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are passionate, compassionate, focused, engaged, deeply thoughtful, musical, dynamic, talented in a huge variety of ways - three of my best friends are a music/computer science major, a classics/physical chemistry major, and a studio art/pre-med major, respectively - considerate, active, entertaining, and altogether a group of people I feel lucky to have met and feel glad will be part of the generation that shapes the way the world develops next.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I deliberately avoided looking at my current school at first because it was my father's alma mater. College Board helped me identify half a dozen places I might have been happy, but none of the other colleges I visited inspired me the way my college did, nor did any of the other student bodies seem as passionate, excited, interesting, and engaged as the ones I met here. My advice to anyone looking at colleges is to take advantage of any opportunity you have to stay with a student, because it's the only way you get to meet the students there, and the people with whom you'll share your years in school will influence everything you do - your learning experience in classes, the sports you play, the extracurriculars in which you participate. A strongly engaged student body can take limited resources and use them to create an environment in which every student can pursue their passions, and finding a student body with whom you share ideas and passions can enable the most enriching, stimulating, entertaining, interesting, varied, and valuable college experience you could possibly attain, regardless of the resources of the college or university you attend.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The students at Dartmouth tend to be incredibly passionate, focused, engaged, and in love with everything they do (and they do a lot). Anyone who comes here and slacks off is missing out on some of the most incredible experiences of their lives.

Allison
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When trying to find the right college, try to keep in mind what you want out of a college, and make sure the college you atte...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When trying to find the right college, try to keep in mind what you want out of a college, and make sure the college you attend is strong in that area (whether it is sports, academics, a sense of community, activities, etc.). When you visit the college, make sure you feel comfortable there, and could see yourself happy for the next few years there. To get the best sense of what the college is like stay overnight with a student; sample the classes, the night life, and the weekend activities. To make the most of your college experience make sure everything you do is something you love, or at least helps you get to something you love (ex: a class that you hate but you need for a major that you love). Meet new people, but stay close with the friends that you have both from home and the ones you've already made in college. Talk to professors and other studnets if you need help. Be open to trying everything at least once.

What's unique about your campus?

How much everyone loves the school becuase it makes the environment so much more enjoyable and gives everyone at least one thing in common. It also makes everyone much more excited to be there and gives an overall feeling of happiness.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How perfect it is. The fact that we own our own ski/snowboarding mountain. How safe it is - when you lose your wallet someone will email you saying they have it. My friends and how amazing they are.

Stephen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is absolutely necessary to visit a college to determine if its the right college for you. You need to talk with students ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is absolutely necessary to visit a college to determine if its the right college for you. You need to talk with students (especially upperclassmen), go to classes, eat in the dining halls, and try to experience the school as much as possible. It is impossibly difficult to understand what a given college is like To make the most of the college experience, it is important to maintain a healthy balance in your life. While academics should without a doubt be your number one priority in college, you also need to have fun. And it is this person's definition of fun which ultimately determines the perfect college fit. Some people enjoy Greek life, others enjoy guest lectures and orchestra concerts, and still others might enjoy intramural and varsity sports.

What's unique about your campus?

High level of inclusion in the Greek social scene. Motivated, hard-working, academically focused, and very bright student body.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

While the school itself is very diverse, students tend to associate mostly with students with similar backgrounds and as a result do not really gain from the high level of "statistical" diversity.

Rebekah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the schools and see where you are most comfortable. Stops students on the visits and ask them for their opinions on the school. They are the best resources for your decision making process. They will honestly tell you what are the best and worst parts about the school. To make the best out of your college experience join one or two groups that are filled with like-minded students whether it is a religious group, political group, academic group, or social group. The students in these groups will make the best friends because they are interested in the same activities and they will be supportive of you.

Cory
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When picking a college, it's important to consider a multifaceted picture of what you're looking for in your college experien...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When picking a college, it's important to consider a multifaceted picture of what you're looking for in your college experience; think about the type of peer you want to be surrounded by the sort of social life you are expecting, the level of academic rigor in your classes, and the sort of community your college will foster. Every school has its advantages and disadvantages. An inner-city school will have more resources and local opportunities but its campus community will suffer because of proximity to an outside social scene. A large research-based university will have great academic resources but not as much student-faculty interaction, as well as large classes and less attention. But keep in mind, when considering all these academic options: college is also a time to savor your youth! Go for a school that will nurture your passions and help you grow as well. If you plan on living in a city the rest of your life, try living in a more rural campus for your undergrad years. Once at school, take risks! Every class you take doesn't need to be relevant to your course of study; meet new people, and have fun!

Kalie
Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, outgoing people who like to drink and party but still do well in school.

Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, outgoing people who like to drink and party but still do well in school.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice and college-help books can only do so much- when it comes to picking your college, visit the campus and get your own feel. Wherever you end up you'll be happy if it feels like home. Embrace your college completely, for its quirks, its pluses, its downsides, its unique and special qualities, and I promise by your sophomore year, you're home.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I can't find any internships or work in the area and the dartmouth d-plan is almost useless because we're on a quarter system and most internships are semester-based.

Garrett
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Whether you go to the Ivy League or Community College, college is what you make of it--you get out what you put in. Though I...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Whether you go to the Ivy League or Community College, college is what you make of it--you get out what you put in. Though I attend Dartmouth, where resources abound, if I was not personally invested in my own education, it wouldn't matter, and I would be wasting my time here. A big key to happiness on any campus is finding your own personal family, be it an athletic team, a Greek house, the Outing Club--whatever. Students, consider whether you know what you want to do (if you don't, that's FINE--most don't). If decided, consider specific programs of schools; if not, consider colleges where you can explore a variety of disciplines. Consider how many different types of "families", i.e. extracurricular activities there are on campus. If everyone goes home for the weekends, that's bad--the campus should stand on its own. Parents, make college visits a reality, and let your kids choose. Talk to tour guides, admissions people--have long conversations and get their emails, they'll help you. Finally, know it's not the end all--you can always transfer, and you're very young for a very long time.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

howwww to use google calender? And that you don't have to go out every Friday night. A lot of it though I just had to learn through experience.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Those that love cities and hate winters. Also thoughs that won't be able to work on their skills if they realize they need to be more productive (they take too long to do work...the pace is quick with trimesters). Also, people who would hate trimesters. This makes keeping in touch with highschool friends a bit harder.

nick
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

dartmouth is a place where you learn as much by talking to your classmates as you do in the classroom.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

dartmouth is a place where you learn as much by talking to your classmates as you do in the classroom.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

visit many campuses, sit in on classes, talk with students.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is lazy, doesn't like to study hard, or a person that likes the city life (good shows, great restaurants) should not attend.

Kathleen
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The outdoors, the small liberal arts experience combined with the resources of a large university, friendly and happy student...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The outdoors, the small liberal arts experience combined with the resources of a large university, friendly and happy student population, Greek life, foreign languages program, study abroad opportunities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There is a lot of emphasis on "finding the right school." I think the most successful college students are those who make the most with what they've got. You can find schools that are a better match or a worse match for your interests, but as long as you choose carefully which schools you're going to apply to, you will probably have a great time at any school on your list. College is a great experience, but it's totally what you make of it. Look at a school's academics, their student groups, their sports teams, and all that you want in a school. But also remember that there are less tangible aspects of a school that really make it a great college experience. Are students happy? Friendly? Are they relaxed but passionate? Do they balance academics and fun well? Most importantly, pay attention to your gut feeling. It could be a lot more important than those information sessions that seem all the same, than the pamphlets that praise SAT scores, selecitivity and student-faculty ratios. Ask yourself: do you like this school? Could you see yourself being happy there? You'll be fine. Good luck.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is engaged with their classes because they're interested, not just to get good grades. Someone who works hard in their classes but isn't ruthlessly competitive. Someone who is interested in other cultures, experiences and viewpoints, and willing to explore and question. Someone who is friendly, relaxed, and engaging.

Taylor
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I advise to visit every school on your list. Don't go because of a name or a legacy or because of your best friend. College...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I advise to visit every school on your list. Don't go because of a name or a legacy or because of your best friend. College is about finding out who YOU are and thus the choice of school should be a private choice; when visiting schools, your gut will tell you where you fit in. Once I stepped into Dartmouth's campus, I knew that was it. Granted, it was a beautiful day and studnets were lazing about on the green -- playing frisbee, reading, chatting to friends--but it was what I envisioned my college experience to be like. I would also advise to visit a school in the winter. Many a student were swayed by Dartmouth's late spring days and were shell-shocked come -20 winters. ...Anyway, I know I've spoken a lot about how you feel, and the weather, but for the most part, schools that a student would be looking at will be the same academically; it's very important to think about those other things that account for your day-to-day happiness--like the weather and the quality of life for the student body.

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who can have fun, not get pissed off at the little things, likes the outdoors, and wants to put as much into thier learning as they take out

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I person who doesn't like small cities, small class sizes, and a small campus

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