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USNWR ranking: #12 (tie)
Undergraduate enrollment: 4410
Total enrollment: 6589
SAT range: 1430-1560
Acceptance rate: 8%
Quality of Life rating: 91
Most Popular Majors: Economics, Government, Biological Sciences, Engineering, History
Nobel Laureates: 3
Winter Olympics Gold Medals: 13
Dartmouth College is classified as a national research university, but it is really more of a very big liberal arts college with some small graduate programs and professional schools attached. Founded in 1769, Dartmouth's original mission was to train Congregationalist ministers and educate Native Americans. Dartmouth is comprised o five schools, the original undergraduate college, the School of Graduate Studies, and schools of engineering, business, and medicine. Dartmouth's main focus is undergraduate teaching, for which it is rated #4 in the U.S. and its professors get by far the highest marks for accessibility. Almost all academic departments are very strong, but economics, government, and history are the strongest. The college also offers an excellent education in the natural sciences despite not having the huge resources of larger research universities. Dartmouth does not offer an undergraduate business major. Its undergraduate engineering program is ranked #48.
Dartmouth is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, a very small, typical quaint New England town in rural New Hampshire. The campus is notably leafy, with over 200 elm trees scattered among the college's distinctive red-brick Georgian colonial academic and residence buildings. Hanover has a very small number of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, but weekend trips to Boston and Montreal are available for students who want some big-city excitement. Also, Dartmouth owns its own ski slopes a few kilometers from campus. Freshmen and sophomores and most upperclassmen live in one of the college's six residential halls, each designed to foster a sense of community. 60% of upperclassmen belong to one of Dartmouth's 29 fraternities and sororities, which are the main focal point campus social life. Winter Carnival is a major tradition, featuring ice sculptures, hot chocolate, snow fights, and winter sports competitions, like Nordic and Alpine skiing and even a human dog-sled race.
Dartmouth is "old school." Students are exceptionally athletic, an astonishing 25% participate in collegiate sports, by far the highest percentage in America. The Dartmouth Outing Club is also very popular, almost all students take part in its hiking and canoeing expeditions. Drinking is also a big part of the culture, "beer-pong" is even more popular than skiing. But students are also extremely hard working at their studies and the academic workload is rigorous. Dartmouth students are often "preppy," but not snobbish, and almost everyone is laid-back. They are also active in the schools 400+ student organizations, including the Dartmouth Review, the most famous conservative college newspaper in America. The "Big Green" compete in 29 collegiate sports, and despite being the smallest school in the Ivy League, with 18 league football championships, Dartmouth is tied with much larger U Penn for the record.
If you want an excellent education at a school where professors are primarily dedicated to undergraduate teaching, where there is a vibrant social scene, and want to ski every weekend in winter, Dartmouth College is the obvious choice. But Dartmouth only accepts one in twelve applicants, so be sure to add more schools to your wish-list.