Dartmouth College

207 Parkhurst Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3529
(603) 646-2875
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Dartmouth College is a private research university in Hanover, New Hampshire. It was established prior to the American revolution, in 1769. It is the smallest member of the prestigious Ivy League in terms of student population.

Rankings & Recognition

Dartmouth was ranked 24th overall in The Best Colleges 2011-2012 ranking of the top 50 colleges and universities in America. It is frequently ranked among the top research universities by other major American rankings systems, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly, Newsweek and Princeton Review.


Dartmouth is a small research university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university is comprised of a liberal arts college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business, along with 19 different graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The school operates on a year-round quarter-semester system. Under the “D-Plan” students are required to be on campus for the fall, winter and spring semesters of their freshman and senior years, as well as the summer term of the their sophomore years, but can do what they want with the semesters in-between, including take time off, pursue an internship, or study off campus. Undergraduates have 58 majors to choose from, with the most popular being economics, political science, psychology, biology, and English. Class sizes are small. The student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1.

Tuition & Aid

Dartmouth commits to meeting the full demonstrated academic financial need of all admitted students (including internationals) through a combination of loans, grants and scholarships. Admissions to Dartmouth is need-blind. Prior to 2011-2012, Dartmouth was one of the few school to eliminate loans from its financial aid packages entirely, but decided to reinstitute them due to a changed financial situation.


Admissions to Dartmouth are extremely competitive. Only about 13% of applicants have been admitted in recent years. Either SAT or ACT scores are required. The early decision application deadline is November 1 with a December 15 notification date. The standard fall application deadline is January 1.

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