Over the holidays, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with my family in Hanover, New Hampshire – the home of Dartmouth College. It occurred to me, walking across the picturesque college green (which was, at the time, covered in snow and graced with a beautifully-lighted Christmas tree), that this was the perfect opportunity to snap a few photos and gather information about the town and college for you, the readers of this college admissions blog. Welcome to the next installment of the 3026 Series, through which I introduce you to many of the wonderful schools that are out there!
To begin with, let me tell you a bit about Dartmouth’s NH home. The college may be the beating heart of Hanover, instilling in the town the pulse of excitement and energy that comes with having a magnet of education, culture, and arts at its core, but Hanover itself has much to offer. With a population of just over 11,000, it’s a relatively small town, nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River, with views of Vermont in the distance. Though the town is small, it is home to many shops and restaurants (I particularly enjoyed our breakfast at Lou’s), and The Nugget movie theater, which has been open to the public since 1916 – at that time, you could see a show for 10 cents! The town was also home to the author Bill Bryson, who, inspired by the fact that The Appalachian Trail runs down the town’s Main Street, walked a good part of the trail and then wrote the humorous and insightful A Walk In The Woods. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is also the nearby Dartmouth Skiway (20 minutes north of town), kayaking and canoeing on the Connecticut River, and a myriad of other options for year-round, outdoor activity! Keep in mind, however, that if you’re not a fan of snow and below-freezing temperatures, a move to Hanover, NH may not make a lot of sense for you. Remember, when thinking about where to apply, a school’s physical location is one important component of the “good-fit” matrix!
I do admit, however, that even those who prefer sandals to heavy, winter boots may be tempted by all that is Dartmouth College. Founded in 1769 (before the Revolutionary War!), the college is one of the eight institutions that make up the Ivy League and, unsurprisingly, has a strong reputation for academic excellence. As the College Scorecard indicates, Dartmouth’s graduation rate (after six years) of 95% is far above the national average of 44%, and the college can also boast of impressive statistics in terms of the percentage of students who return after their first year (98% vs a national average of 67%), salary after attending ($67,100 as compared to a national average of $34,343), and tests scores of incoming students. Also of note is that Dartmouth made the Scorecard’s list of 30 Four-Year Schools With High Graduation Rates and Low Costs – nice! And all of this is but the tip of the Dartmouth iceberg. Some other noteworthy tidbits about Dartmouth?
- The college offers its students a flexible, year-round study plan through which students can put together their own academic schedule. Specifically, there are four, 10-week terms each year (so, a total of 16 possible terms) and, of those, students are required to be on campus for seven terms and can then decide for themselves which of the other five terms to be in college. To learn more about it, click here.
- Dartmouth is home to The Hop (i.e. The Hopkins Center for the Arts), named by the National Endowment for the Arts as “one of the nation’s exemplary performing arts centers“, and The Hood Museum of Art, a teaching museum with a collection of “more than 65,000 works across a broad spectrum of cultures and historical periods.”
- There are an abundance of off-campus and study abroad opportunities – carpe diem!
- Dartmouth has partnered with QuestBridge “a non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income students from across the country with educational opportunities at partner colleges and universities.”
- Fraternities and sororities are no strangers to Dartmouth – click here to learn about Greek life on campus!
- Alumni, to name but a few examples, include Robert Frost, Mindy Kaling, Dr. Seuss, (visiting student) Meryl Streep, and Daniel Webster, for whom the college’s Webster Hall, home to the Rauner Special Collections Library, was named.
Do you find yourself wondering about admissions statistics? Click here. Are you curious to see the Class of 2019’s profile? Click here. Do you have specific questions about life at the college? Beyond the college’s A+ overall Niche grade, click here to contact current Dartmouth students who are happy to help. Thinking of applying? Click!
On a final note, keep in mind that college admissions is a two-way street – if you’re serious about Dartmouth, get on their mailing list, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. Perhaps a stroll down Hanover’s Main Street / The Appalachian Trail is in your future!