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Dartmouth College


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Recent Reviews

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

Visits aren't all they are cracked up to be. The first impression is useful but can often be deceiving and are scewed by hearsay and expectations. That being said, wandering with a host student who shares similar tastes/wants as you on the campus (especially on social days/nights) can be very important if a social life is important to you. Most important is to know what you are getting into before you sign the contract...get the facts (no one cares about student teacher ratio, rather talk to a student or two about what class sizes they've had). Good luck, you'll be fine whereever you end up and if not you can always transfer.

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

An small, fraternity based school, where you can't possible get below a 2.5 that has all the connections and perks of being t...

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

An small, fraternity based school, where you can't possible get below a 2.5 that has all the connections and perks of being the Ivy League institution that it is.

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

Students: you have 5 seconds to answer this question. Where are you going to college? This is an emotional time for you, so listen to your emotions. If you know its a good school, but something just didn't feel right that's because something isn't and you won't be able to be as successful as you can be. Go where you feel most comfortable, you'll be the most successful, and the job will fall in line. Remember, its better to do well at an average state school, than to graduate with a 2.8 at en elite private university. Parents: do whatever you possibly can to let your child attend the school of their dreams. There is no greater investment for you than their education! Trust me, they won't forget it when you decide to retire either.

What's unique about your campus?

Community. Come visit and you'll see.

Casey
Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

Homecoming weekend at Dartmouth focuses less on football and more on the tradition of the bonfire on the green.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

Homecoming weekend at Dartmouth focuses less on football and more on the tradition of the bonfire on the green.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

While on a bike ride around campus, a Dartmouth student takes a moment to look at Occum Pond, a beautiful lake.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

A Dartmouth student eats lunch and talks about rugby, football, and various sports at Dartmouth.

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A Dartmouth non-athlete student talks about athletics at the college.

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Dartmouth students give us their best and worst decisions of freshman year.

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

Don't focus on trying to find a school that exactly fits to some ideal career goal - your mind will change numerous times! Fi...

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

Don't focus on trying to find a school that exactly fits to some ideal career goal - your mind will change numerous times! Find the school with the right vibe for you which offers you many opportunities and will allow you to grow as a person. I'm still figuring out who I am and what I plan on doing with my life, and I'm discovering that that's okay. It's the proccesses of learning and discovering and figuring out that are important.

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

I tell them about the summer I took a theater course during which I was in class six hours a day, six days a week, working on a play that was still being written with a visionary director/playwright, creating a performance piece with a group of 11 of the most significant East African theater artists to perform with them, and interning with the New York Theater Workshop to work with playwrights, directors, and actors, on incredible plays in development. Where else can you do that?

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The students and faculty are fabulous, but I feel the administration is sometimes a little hard to get around. They, of course, value Dartmouth as an institution of higher learning, but also as a business, which sometimes makes it difficult for the rest of us to get things done.

Alexander
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being rustic and outdoorsy and also very academically challenging.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being rustic and outdoorsy and also very academically challenging.

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

You may never know if the college you choose is the right college or not, because, quite simply, you only get to attend one and will not know anything different. That being said, when choosing a college remember that a school is only as good as the people in it. Cost, reputation and location aside, the administration, students and faculty are the most important factors in choosing a good school. Firstly, ask current students whether or not the administration is helpful and will assist you with courses, finance and searching for jobs throughout your college career. A helpful administration can open doors for you and help you make the most of your time. Secondly, look at the academic and social atmosphere of the student body. It is always more enjoyable attending a school where students are motivated, cooperative and extroverted, rather than unmotivated, cutthroat or competitive. Finally, talk to professors and gauge whether they get you excited to learn and attend school. Once at college, remember that you get out what you put into it. Try new things, work hard and meet new people. College should change your life and be the best four years of your life.

What's unique about your campus?

Positive Academic environment, school spirit, smart students.

Corey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Dartmouth has all of the resources of a world-class research university and the personal touch (and close-knit intellectual e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Dartmouth has all of the resources of a world-class research university and the personal touch (and close-knit intellectual environment) of a small liberal arts college.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Are Dartmouth students misogynistic, drunk trust-fund babies? No; that describes less than 10% of the population (which is true of any old private college).

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors take teaching seriously; you will almost never be taught by a TA. Standards are rigorous and expectations are high. Every department at Dartmouth has its own unique intellectual culture, and each has at least one leading scholar. The great thing about Dartmouth is that you receive hands-on teaching from professors who are also nationally well-known amongst their peers, which is a huge plus if you want to go to graduate school.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

An old essay written at the end of the nineteenth century compares Dartmouth to Sparta and Harvard to Athens. In other words, Dartmouth is seen as intellectually pragmatic, while Harvard is viewed as intellectually abstract. I am not sure if this captures the spirit of Dartmouth, which I found, as a student, to be intellectually compelling, motivating, and inspirational. My time at Dartmouth changed my life and made me want to become not a Wall Street honcho but a scholar-- and now I am. That said, these days, Dartmouth students are probably seen as rowdy, raucous, and full of vim, even if, during their quiet hours, they are hitting the books and tackling tough questions.

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

The most important thing to realize is that there is not one perfect school - you can be just as happy at numerous different ...

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

The most important thing to realize is that there is not one perfect school - you can be just as happy at numerous different campuses. The imporant thing is to see as many campuses as humanly possible so you can figure out what characteristics you like and what you don't (i.e. urban/rural, big/small, etc.). I chose Dartmouth because I did not meet one person that didn't love the school. I felt the intense school spirit as a high schooler, and quickly became enamored with the campus and the student body. You want to be passionate about your school, and have friends that are equally passionate, because you will form lifelong memories and relationships.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The dorms are nice - good sized rooms, etc, but there are very few suite-like dorms on campus. I didn't want to live off-campus, so I could only live with 2 other people on campus. I would have prefered more 4-5 people apartment-style dorms

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Somebody who needs lots of cultural/entertainment things around. There really isn't that much going on in Hanover - a Walmart is 15 minutes away. As a result, the social scene is nearly exclusively Greek, and revolves heavily around binge drinking. Every night "out" consists of of either playing pong or watching and waiting for your turn to play pong in a frat basement.

Kelly
Describe the students at your school.

Fun-loving kids who party hard but always surprise you with their passionate outlook on school and their accomplishments.

Describe the students at your school.

Fun-loving kids who party hard but always surprise you with their passionate outlook on school and their accomplishments.

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

Look at the quality of life ranking and base your decision on that. It will be a scary/fun/trying time and being happy is crucial. Once you are there, base your class choice on teachers' rankings and reputation among older students.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Gender issues can be a little trying. It is not absurd or dispicable, but that "old boys club" mentality can sometimes crop up and make women feel uncomfortable. The school is for the most part responsive, but could improve here.

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

You really need to trust your gut feeling. I made so many lists of pros and cons when I was trying to decide, but I always en...

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

You really need to trust your gut feeling. I made so many lists of pros and cons when I was trying to decide, but I always ended up coming back to my first choice. There was just always this feeling that this was the right place for me. Whatever college you compare all others to is clearly the best fit. You really do need to visit a lot of campuses though, I think the more places you can see and compare, the clearer the decision becomes. Just don't question your decision based on the concerns of your friends or family because YOU are the one who is going to be at that school for the next four years. It doesn't matter what anyone else has to say about it, as long as it is the right place for you!

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

D-Plan: allows us to easily study abroad and take advatange of internships during terms other than summer.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

D-Plan: the trimester system that makes friendships and dating difficult

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