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Matthew
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The alumni network is an aspect of Dartmouth College that is well known to students and those considering applying to Dartmou...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The alumni network is an aspect of Dartmouth College that is well known to students and those considering applying to Dartmouth, especially in relation to other colleges and universities. The alumni are extremely dedicated to the school when it comes to recruiting Dartmouth graduates and helping in the admission process from interviews, to hosting local dinners and socials promoting the school and introducing students to alumni. The alumni are also some of the most generous donors with a large percent of the budget and financial aid coming from alumni donations.

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

For Parents I would recommend starting the college search early probably the summer before the students junior year in high school. From my own experience my junior and senior year flew bye and if I hadn't started early the process would have been even more stressful than it already was. Also don't over emphasize the cost of the colleges your child may be looking at, cost is something that should be dealt with after the application process and not a major factor during the process of choosing where to apply; many colleges especially private institutions are willing to work out payment plans that won't create a financial burden, and just be their for your student the college application process is stressful and the more support provided the better. For Students the orientation period is the perfect time to put yourself out there and meet as many people as possible. While it may feel uncomfortable starting conversations with random people, everyone is in the same boat and feels just as uncomfortable, so just go for it, talk to as many people as possible, go to all the events, and don't be afriad to put yourself out there.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The location would be the most fustrating aspect of Dartmouth College. In general it is extremely hard to find things you need or get to larger cities because of the lack of transportation provided by the college. Also, during the winter it is near impossible to leave the campus because of the poor quality of the roads surroudning the campus and the extreme amounts of snow and ice we recieve during the winters.

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

It is not the same as going to Wharton for business, or Swarthmore or UChicago for academics, or MIT for engineering, but Dar...

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

It is not the same as going to Wharton for business, or Swarthmore or UChicago for academics, or MIT for engineering, but Dartmouth's undergrad program is all-around very good, with little to no weaknesses on the undergrad level. But if you want a hardcore academic experience, look elsewhere. The truth is, Dartmouth has little to recommend it when compared to peer institutions, academically. Sure, the school is small, but the course offerings, particularly on the graduate level, are limited, and there is a weak environment among the student body intellectually.

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

My hedge fund job. Dartmouth helped me get that.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

At every school there will be the political theorists, the engineers, the to-be dropouts and the corporate sell-outs. Dartmouth is easily dominated by the last group. This is in no small part due to the fact that the fraternity/sorority system that dominates social life here resembles the old-boys network persistent across much of the financial and business world. I think the entrenchment of Greek life undermines intellectual life because the pervasive bias against intellectual pretention toward hanging out and getting hammered means students who could be happy doing either will choose to play Pong over Foucault.

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

Do what feels right to you. I know this is really vague, but a lot of times, when you find the right college, you know as soo...

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

Do what feels right to you. I know this is really vague, but a lot of times, when you find the right college, you know as soon as you step on the campus. Trust your instincts, and don't dwell too much on the dry stuff. Don't get me wrong, the number of award winning professors and average test scores of accepted students are a consideration. But much more important is the environment you want to spend four years in. When you visit the school, try to see how the students interact and judge if you could be happy with the size and location of that school. Because no matter the classes and extra-curricular activitie, the determinant of whether you thrive in college or not is often the people you find around you and the support you can find in your fellow students. And finally, don't get too stressed out--things will work out, even if not quite in the way you planned. And you may be surprised--it may be even better.

What's unique about your campus?

The people. The classes and everything are great, but my friends are what really make Dartmouth awesome.

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

The food is overpriced and a lot of it is really heavy. It's better than a lot of schools, but that doesn't mean it's very good, and the food payment system is not very effective.

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

I chose my college based purely on its reputation. When I visited the campus, I didn't much care for it. Nevertheless, I made...

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

I chose my college based purely on its reputation. When I visited the campus, I didn't much care for it. Nevertheless, I made the right choice. Having gone to Dartmouth for more than a year now, I can't imagine myself anywhere else. If I were to apply for colleges again, I believe that I would have chosen Dartmouth once again, using a much more logical standard of selection. The most important thing to look for in a college is the people. When you go to visit the campus (and you absolutely must), are people standoffish? Are students helpful if you ask a question? Does the population look happy, hungover,... Next, and more obviously, you must consider the strengths of the program you are interested in. Use websites like college confidential (if you are a parent, I recommend forging a student account, as there is better information here than in the student section) to figure out if the reputation that the college has is well-founded. Blogs may be a pain to read, but you'll get some very honest (and occasionally accurate) information. Finally, when you go to college, be willing to like it. Don't be afraid.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People with a sense of humor, who like the cold

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

We have the friendliest, most involved student body.

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

My school is one of the most rewarding places to gain knowledge, both from an intellectual and societal point of view.

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

My school is one of the most rewarding places to gain knowledge, both from an intellectual and societal point of view.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are some of the most confident and brilliant people i have met in my life.

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

If the school allows it, definitely take an interview at the perspective school, often asking for a personal reference to the school is more useful than anything you can read/research about the school. Ask engaging questions to your interviewer, ask them about specifics and personal stories relating to the college. Try and see the campus by yourself instead of with a tour guide. Or at least, explore the campus after taking the tour.

Jessica
Describe the students at your school.

Reserved, but fun and caring once you get to know them.

Describe the students at your school.

Reserved, but fun and caring once you get to know them.

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

Visit a good deal of different kinds of colleges to get a feel for where you are comfortable. They start to blend together after a while, so make a chart of all the aspects of college that are important to you, and check off which colleges have or don't have the things that you want (with notes--i.e. So-and-so college has a pool, but it isnt very big and looks kind of scummy). Read what other students say about the college, but don't base your assumption on one opinion. Look around at the people at info sess ions for a particular college, they will probably represent what types of classmates you will have. Aim high, worry about finances once you're happy where you are. Once you're at the school you've picked, don't be shy--but don't be a doormat. Making good friends is huge to your college experience, so you want to hang around people who really respect you and your choices, and are interested in what you have to say. Party hard, but also have fun in the classroom.

What's unique about your campus?

The rural location allows for really introspective study, but the size of the student body cancels out loneliness. The co-ed frat system is pretty healthy.

Delia
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are generally very motivated at whatever they are passionate about.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are generally very motivated at whatever they are passionate about.

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

Make sure you are paying the price you want to pay, and going to a place that gives you lots of options and makes you feel free.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who feels most comfortable in diverse populations and needs to escape academic atmospheres might have trouble at Dartmouth; there isn't a lot to do outside of the campus and Greek life is limited.

Masha
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

academic excellence, winter sports, and frat life.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

academic excellence, winter sports, and frat life.

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

When selecting the right school: ignore your parents,school ranks, and your preconceived opinions. Visit the school, be a student for a day, and then close your eyes. If your gut tells you that you can do well and have fun in this school, then you found the school for you and you will be happy there next year. One last piece of advice, consider the college food, it does have an effect on your happiness, and ask about seasons. The winter can be dark and freezing, which is not for everyone. Good luck and go with your gut!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

likes the outdoors, does well academically, and likes to be in a small community.

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

Think about how you destress and find a college that has the right resources for you. Think about how you learn and go to a ...

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

Think about how you destress and find a college that has the right resources for you. Think about how you learn and go to a school that has a learning model that fits your needs.

What's unique about your campus?

Strong sense of community. The beauty of the landscape and the quality of students who attend the school.

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

The beauty of the landscape and the quality of students who attend the school.

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

Probably counseling on what courses you should take and how you should take them. The prospectus is only set up with a two year forward horizon, meaning that you can't plan everything right away, which made taking all the classes I wanted to difficult.

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