Dartmouth College

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Dartmouth College, locally referred to as “Dartmouth”, is one of eight Ivy League colleges in the United States. It is a privately owned and operated research institution located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth College is home to several academics schools including: the Thayer School of Engineering, Geisel School of Medicine, and the Tuck School of Business. Dartmouth offers a large selection of undergraduate programs as well as 19 graduate degrees in the arts and sciences. With a total annual enrollment of roughly 4,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students, Dartmouth is the smallest of all Ivy League institutions.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States. Much of the school’s early history is characterized by both political and financial struggles, but the institution emerged as one of the premier, higher education institutions in the nation in the early 20th century due to contributions from famous alumni such as Daniel Webster and other wealthy donors.

Dartmouth is situated along the Connecticut River on a 270-acre campus in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. In comparison to other college campuses, Dartmouth is fairly isolated—which contributes to a sense of community among students. In fact, the college has an active and vibrant student life with lots of participation in the school’s athletic events and Greek system.

Academics and Rankings

Dartmouth awards Bachelor of Arts and ABET-accredited Bachelor of Engineering degrees. The college offers over 50 undergraduate majors through 40 academic departments. Dartmouth allows each student the opportunity to participate in one of several dual-major programs, or they are free to design their own custom major. The most popular fields of study include: psychology, government, economics, history, biology, English, and engineering.

General Information

Admission Office

6016 McNutt Hall

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-2875

Fax: (603) 646-1216

[email protected]

Contact: Maria Laskaris

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address

6016 McNutt Hall

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-1110


Total undergrads: 4,147

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,096

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,067

Graduate enrollment: 1,384


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $35,178 $36,915 $38,679 $40,437 +4.55%
Books and Supplies $1,412 $1,512 $1,618 $1,730 +6.92%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,305 $10,779 $11,295 $11,838 +4.81%
Other $1,341 $1,341 $1,381 $1,381 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $48,236 $50,547 $52,973 $55,386 +4.56%
In-state Off Campus $36,590 $38,427 $40,297 $42,167 +4.64%
In-state with Family $36,590 $38,427 $40,297 $42,167 +4.64%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $39,978
In-state Student Fees $50
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $39,978
Out-of-state Fees $50

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 687 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 559 51% $17,628,718 $31,536
• Federal grants 180 16% $1,029,443 $5,719
• Pell grants 134 12% $465,257 $3,472
• Other federal grants 180 16% $564,186 $3,134
State/local government grant or scholarships 11 1% $9,133 $830
Institutional grants or scholarships 526 48% $16,590,142 $31,540
Student loan aid 260 24% $1,324,481 $5,094
• Federal student loans 189 17% $741,855 $3,925
• Other student loans 108 10% $582,626 $5,395

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1231 499 161
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 86
African-American/Black Studies 4
American Indian/Native American Studies 18
Asian Studies/Civilization 37
French Studies 2
Latin American Studies 4
Spanish and Iberian Studies 8
Women’s Studies 13
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 126 2 44
Biochemistry 1 5
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 92 4
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Environmental Biology
Genetics 1 8
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other 12
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience 34 2
Pharmacology 7
Physiology 6
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 253
Business Administration and Management 253
Computing and Information Sciences 21 6 4
Computer Science 21 6 4
Engineering 65 101 7
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1
Engineering Science 63 14 7
Engineering 87
Engineering Technology
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 73
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature 73
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 70 8
Arabic Language and Literature 5
Chinese Language and Literature 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
Comparative Literature 4 8
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature 8
German Language and Literature 4
Italian Language and Literature 2
Japanese Language and Literature 3
Linguistics 14
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Russian Language and Literature 5
Spanish Language and Literature 5
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 63 89
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 21 3
Medicine 86
Public Health 42
History 80
History, Other 80
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 52
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 52
Mathematics and Statistics 40 5 4
Mathematics 40 5 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 26
Ancient Studies/Civilization 2
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 9
Cognitive Science 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7
Natural Resources and Conservation 49
Environmental Studies 49
Physical Sciences 57 5 13
Astronomy 2
Chemistry 19 1 5
Chemistry, Other 7
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 5
Geology and Earth Science 9 3 1
Physics 15 1 7
Psychology 92
Psychology 92
Social Sciences 384
Anthropology 31
Economics 168
Geography 39
Political Science and Government 112
Sociology 34
Visual and Performing Arts 62 4
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 21
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 9
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 8
Fine/Studio Arts 17
Music 7 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $70

Online application fee: $70
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 13%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 98%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 18,778
Percent Admitted: 12%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 52%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 670 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 790 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 790 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)

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6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Caribbean Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Spanish/Iberian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B
Ecology B
Evolutionary Biology B
Genetics B
Molecular Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Biomedical Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Engineering Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Arabic B
Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Hebrew B
Italian B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Russian B
South Asian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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