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The Basics

  • Founded: 1769
  • Type: four-year private, liberal arts
  • Affiliation: Ivy League
  • Students: Approximately 4,100 undergraduate, 1,600 graduate
  • Divisions: undergraduate college with 29 departments, 10 interdisciplinary programs; graduate schools of arts and sciences, medicine, engineering, and business
  • Motto: Vox clamantis in deserto ("a voice crying out in the wilderness")
  • Academic calendar: year-round, four-term

Undergraduate Admissions Statistics

Office of Admissions & Financial Aid
For the Class of 2011, there were 14,176 applications and 2,167 admissions; approximately 1,100 students will enroll. Students come from across the United States and around the world. Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2007-08 is $34,965; total tuition, room and board and fees are $45,483. Admission to the College is need-moot; financial aid in 2005-06 totaled approximately $67 million; 57 percent of undergraduates received financial aid.


James Wright '64A, noted historian and specialist on the American West, inaugurated 16th Dartmouth president in September 1998; a member of Dartmouth's history department since 1969; former Dartmouth Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences; graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1964) with master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Senior Administration

Eighteen-member board of trustees, Chair Charles E. Haldeman Jr. '70 ; Provost Barry P. Scherr; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Carol L. Folt; Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris '84; Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration Adam M. Keller; Acting Dean of the College Daniel M. Nelson '75; Vice President, Development Carolyn A. Pelzel; Vice President, Alumni Affairs David P. Spalding '76; Vice President, Information Technology Ellen Waite-Franzen; Interim Vice President, Public Affairs Sheila Culbert.

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

Arts and Sciences-366; Medical School-166; Thayer-27; Tuck-38 Total: 597. Doctorate or equivalent held by more than 90% of Dartmouth's full-time instructional faculty.

Degrees Awarded

Bachelor's (A.B., B.E.); master's (A.M., M.A.L.S., M.B.A., M.E.M., M.S., M.P.H.); doctorate (Ph.D., M.D.); combined degrees (M.B.A./M.E.M., M.B.A./M.D., M.B.A./M.S., M.S./M.E.M., M.D./Ph.D.). more on graduate degrees

Undergraduate Arts and Sciences

The Arts and Sciences consist of 39 academic departments and programs; top majors among 2007 graduates were economics, government, psychological and brain sciences, history, and English. The College has more than 350 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including the highest percentage of tenured women in the Ivy League. Dean of the Faculty: Carol L. Folt.

Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs

The first Dartmouth PhD was awarded in the classics in 1885, and the first modern doctoral programs began in the 1960s. More than 600 students are enrolled in 19 graduate programs, including biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, cognitive neuroscience, comparative literature, computer science, earth sciences, electro-acoustic music, engineering, evaluative clinical sciences, experimental molecular medicine, genetics, liberal studies, mathematics, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology and toxicology, physics and astronomy, physiology, and psychological and brain sciences. Dean: Charles Barlowe.

Dartmouth Medical School

Founded in 1797, Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), is the nation's fourth-oldest medical school. DMS encompasses 16 clinical and basic science departments, and draws on the resources of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It features interdisciplinary research programs in cancer, infectious diseases, cell and molecular biology, genetics, immunology, ethics, neurosciences, cardiovascular disease, public health, and medical outcomes. DMS has approximately 700 full-time faculty and an additional 1,600 part-time faculty and researchers. It receives 5,000 applications yearly to fill 82 places in the entering medical class and enrolls more than 550 medical and graduate students. Dean: Stephen P. Spielberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Thayer School of Engineering

Founded in 1867, Thayer School comprises both the undergraduate Department of Engineering Sciences and a professional school with degrees through the doctorate (BE, MEM, MS, PhD). Forty-five full-time faculty members serve approximately 600 undergraduate students and 180 graduate students. Dean: Joseph J. Helble.

Tuck School of Business

Founded in 1900, Tuck is the first graduate school of management and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck offers the full-time MBA as well as executive education and nondegree programs including the Tuck Business Bridge Program(r), a LEAD summer business institute, and a series of programs for minority business executives. The school has 46 full-time faculty members and approximately 480 MBA students, representing more than 30 nationalities. Dean: Paul Danos.

Operating Budget 2005-06

Total $629.4 million ($355.9 million undergraduate college).

Dartmouth Endowment

$3.092 billion (market value, excluding life income and annuity trusts, June 30, 2006.)


To advance leading-edge teaching and scholarship, enhance residential and campus life, and honor its commitment to making education accessible, Dartmouth announced in November, 2004, the largest fund-raising effort in its history. With a $1.3 billion goal, the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience is seeking investment in dozens of initiatives across the institution - for the undergraduate college, its graduate programs in the arts and sciences, and three professional schools of business, engineering, and medicine.


The Dartmouth College Library includes nine libraries on the College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campuses. Dartmouth's "open stack" libraries provide access to a rich collection of materials including print and digital books, journals, article databases, maps, videos, Web sites, numerical datasets, musical scores and recordings, and visual image databases, as well as objects, manuscripts and archives. The Library provides access to more than 15,000 digital resources (such as indexes, databases and journals), 48,370 print and digital journal titles, 2,475,000 books, 12,000 videos, 190,000 maps, 35,000 sound recordings and 450,000 photographs.

Computing at Dartmouth

Dartmouth's computing environment includes a wireless network that covers the entire campus with more than 1,400 access points. Local and long-distance telephone calling is over the campus network using "software phones" and VoIP software. Public terminals with free access to the Internet are available in most public areas including the library, Collis Center, dining halls, and Alumni Gym.


34 intercollegiate varsity sports (16 women's, 16 men's, two coed); 17 club sports; 24 intramural sports. Three-quarters of Dartmouth undergraduates participate in some form of athletics.

Tucker Foundation

Community Service - Approximately 60 percent of Dartmouth undergraduates volunteer on-campus, locally and worldwide through Tucker Foundation programs and partnerships. For more information, see Community Service under Campus Life.

Religious Life - One college chaplain; 25 student religious organizations. Affiliated facilities and groups include Rollins Chapel (interfaith), the Roth Center for Jewish Life, Aquinas House (Roman Catholic), Edgerton House (Episcopal), the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College (United Church of Christ), Baptist Student Fellowship, the Lutheran Church and Student Center (ELCA Lutheran), Al-Nur (Muslim Student Fellowship), Shanti (Hindu Student Fellowship), Baha'i, Quaker Student Fellowship, Mormon Student Fellowship, Christian Science Organization, Meditation Society, and others.

Off-Campus Programs

Dartmouth undergraduates have the opportunity to study in 42 off-campus programs in 22 countries.


Dartmouth is two hours northwest of Boston and five hours north of New York City near the intersections of Interstates 89 and 91. It is accessible via air carriers to airports in Manchester, N.H.,(MHT) and Lebanon, N.H., (LEB). The College is also accessible by bus and by Amtrak rail service from New York and Washington, D.C., with stops in Hanover and White River Junction, VT. (More on visiting Dartmouth)

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