Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 by Reverend Eleazar Wheelock “for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land … and also of English Youth and any others.” Built on a culture of collaboration, Dartmouth is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. In addition to being a member of the esteemed Ivy League, Dartmouth is renowned for both its world class Liberal Arts College as well as its dedication to science and research.
Dartmouth offers 57 standard majors and programs; the graduating class of 2011’s most popular majors included economics, government, psychological and brain science, history, engineering sciences, and biology. Dartmouth is also unique in that it allows students to design their own major or “modify” an existing major by combining more than one area of interest, which might explain why between 15 – 20% of Dartmouth students graduate with a double major. The student-faculty ratio is 8 to 1 and 63% of classes have fewer than 20 students, so it is no surprise that Dartmouth has a graduation rate of 94%.
There are approximately 4,200 undergraduate students at Dartmouth, making it the smallest school in the Ivy League, and about 90% of Dartmouth undergraduates graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. If that isn’t enough to convince you how competitive Dartmouth College is, the middle 50% of undergraduates scored 670-780 on SAT Critical Reading, 680-780 on SAT Math, and 680-790 on SAT Writing; this means a competitive score on the SAT for the average prospective Dartmouth student is between 2030-2350!
Tuition for the 2012-13 academic year was $43,782; including room, board, and fees the total cost of attending Dartmouth in 2012 was $57,998 (a 4.8% increase from the previous year). The Dartmouth Board of Trustees announced the College will both provide free tuition and eliminate loans for students with family incomes of $100,000 a year or less (up from $75,000 the previous year).
The action taken by the Dartmouth Board of Trustees is not surprising, considering in 2011 Dartmouth spent more than $79 million in financial aid on undergraduate scholarships alone. Nearly half of Dartmouth’s undergraduates receive scholarships from Dartmouth, and about 14% of Dartmouth students are Pell Grant recipients. In June 2012, Dartmouth’s endowment was valued at $3.486 billion.
In addition to rubbing elbows with some of the world’s finest minds, and after graduation being a member of an alumni group that includes Statesman and Senator Daniel Webster, comedian/actress Rachel Dratch, and three-time Gold Glove winner Brad Ausmus, Dartmouth is located in beautiful Hanover, New Hampshire, where there is no shortage of picturesque scenes. Crisp winters, pleasant springs, cool summers, and beautiful autumns abound in the small town of Hanover. With a population of 11,000, Hanover is in “The Upper Valley Region” of New Hampshire, overlooking the Connecticut River, which it shares with its neighbor Vermont.
When one considers Dartmouth’s encouragement of diversity in curriculum, commitment to financial aid and scholarship, and rich tradition, it is clear why Dartmouth College is regarded as one of the world’s finest academic institutions.