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Everything About Dartmouth College

Everything About Dartmouth College

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 4,417

Institutional Type: Private

Curricular Flexibility: Very Flexible

Academic Rating: 5

Top Programs


Computer Science



Environmental Studies




Who Recruits

1. Partenon

2. Nomura

3. Oliver Wyman

4. Bridgewater

5. Trinity Partners

Notable Internships

1. PNC

2. Bain & Company

3. ICM

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Research

4. Finance

5. Operations

Top Employers

1. Google

2. Goldman Sachs

3. Amazon

4. Morgan Stanley

5. Facebook

Where Alumni Work

1. Boston

2. New York City

3. San Francisco

4. Washington, DC

5. Los Angeles

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $75,500

EOP (Early Career): $76,600

PayScale (Mid-Career): $130,900

Inside the Classroom

The smallest school in the Ivy League, Dartmouth plays home to just over 4,400 undergraduate students on its remote, 237-acre New Hampshire campus. Dartmouth has long wrestled with its reputation as one of the most conservative of the Ivy League universities as well as one of the top party schools. Regardless, there are few arguments against the academic superiority of the college that sports sixty majors and a stunning breadth of course selections for an institution of its size.

Dartmouth offers a unique year-round academic calendar with four ten-week terms that allow students maximum flexibility as they pursue internships, paid work, research opportunities, or travel abroad. Undergraduates design their own individual “D-Plan.” Needing thirty-five credits for graduation, individuals are free to take anywhere from two to four courses per term. (Most students take three.) Typically, students are expected to spend twelve of the fifteen terms during their natural four-year period on campus, including Sophomore Summer, a mandatory term for rising juniors. All freshmen must take a writing requirement and a first-year seminar course, both designed as intensive workshops to elevate student writing to Dartmouth’s high standards.

The learning environment at Dartmouth is extraordinarily intimate. Not only do 62 percent of course sections have under twenty students, but 19 percent have single-digit enrollments. The student- to-faculty ratio is an outstanding 7:1. Undergraduate research opportunities abound with 58 percent of students participating at some point. Further, 88 percent of those participants report having a satisfying experience working with a faculty member in that capacity. The rate of satisfaction is hardly surprising as Dartmouth’s faculty consistently rates at the top of rankings/surveys regarding quality of instruction. An extensive study abroad program offers dozens of Dartmouth faculty-led academic experiences around the world, and around half of all students partake.

Top programs offered by Big Green include biology, economics, neuroscience, and government. The social sciences are the most popular, accounting for 34 percent of degrees conferred, followed by mathematics (8 percent), engineering (8 percent), computer science (7 percent), visual and performing arts (5 percent), and history (5 percent).

Outside the Classroom

The presence of Greek life at Dartmouth is powerful with over half of the student population belonging to fraternities and sororities. In fact, the school sports one of the highest percentages of Greek-affiliated undergraduates in the entire nation; women join sororities at a 58 percent clip and 48 percent of men sign-up for fraternity life. Over thirty intercollegiate Division I sports are on tap along with two dozen intramural sports and over thirty-five club sports. Roughly three- quarters of Dartmouth men and women participate in some form of athletics. Other highlights include The Dartmouth, America’s oldest school newspaper, 170 student-run clubs and organizations, and the Dartmouth Outing Club, the largest collegiate outdoor recreation club in the country. The college owns over 30,000 acres of New Hampshire land that can be enjoyed by students for camping, skiing, hiking, and similar activities. Almost 90 percent of the student body and 100 percent of freshmen live on campus. Dorms earn rave reviews from students, and all are supervised by full-time, live-in community directors. Big Green is living up to its nickname as a green campus with a number of sustainability ventures including transportation, eco-friendly energy options, and its own organic farm/student-operated farmer’s market. If you come from an urban environment, the remote feel of Hanover may induce some culture shock, yet Boston is only a two-hour drive away.

Career Services

The Center for Career Development has nine full-time staff members who focus on either career advising or employer relations. The 489:1 student-to-advisor ratio is slightly higher than other schools featured in this guide. However, also available to advise students are the thousands of alumni who volunteer their time as members of the Dartmouth Career Network. Employer Connection Fairs draw over 1,000 students and feature a strong corporate presence. Last year's fall Engineering Career Fair attracted fifty-one companies including Microsoft, Draftkings, Mastercard, and Wayfair. Students are given a DartBoard account that allows them to access event notifications, on-campus recruiting opportunities, and thousands of internships.

In part because of its unique academic calendar, Dartmouth does an exceptional job facilitating undergraduate internships. Eighty-seven percent of last year's Class participated in at least one internship experience. Many major corporations have elected to become employer partners with the college, a designation that includes, among other things, annual recruiting on campus. Many of those are financial institutions that also grace the list of top employers of Dartmouth grads. This alignment of on-campus recruiting and offers of employment at Dartmouth is most impressive.

Professional Outcomes

A great reputation along with a passionate alumni network that is 80,000 strong leads Dartmouth grads to successful transitions into career and graduate school. At the time of receiving their diplomas, last year's grads had already found employment at a 69 percent clip while 14 percent were headed to graduate school and 14 percent were still weighing their options. Finance is a popular arena for graduates with 26 percent of the Class going in that direction. Thus, it is little surprise that included in the top ten employers of Dartmouth grads are a number of investment banks including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bain & Company, Citibank, and Deutsche Bank. Another 21 percent enter the world of consulting. While many start in finance and consulting, a large number of grads plan to enter academia or a career in government down the road. Dartmouth grads will not struggle financially. The median income for Dartmouth grads by age thirty-four is $76,000, thirty-third best of any college in the United States. Upon graduation, the majority of the student body migrates to major cities with notably high concentrations in Chicago, DC, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Mountain View, California.

Those pursuing graduate and professional degrees often trade one Ivy for another. Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton are three of the most frequent landing spots for Dartmouth grads. Many others continue their studies in one of Dartmouth’s own graduate programs or head to other top institutions such as the London School of Economics, Northwestern, or Berkeley. Among last year's Class, 20 percent of graduates intended to obtain a medical degree, 10 percent were chasing a law degree, and 14 percent enrolled in PhD programs

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