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Dartmouth College MAG

By Asya P., Lexington, MA

     Hanover, NH: The autumn road to Dartmouth feels like a drive through fire. On either side of the road, orange and red trees sweep in glowing waves over the hills, capped by dense early-morning fog. Emerging from these undulating hills, you arrive at Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth is a world-class institution, an Ivy League that manages to keep its own character intact while maintaining its ties to an ultra-elite group of schools. Dartmouth stands out among its Ivy League companions because of its emphasis on undergraduates. In contrast to others where classes are often taught by graduate students, all Dartmouth courses are taught by professors. Furthermore, Dartmouth undergrads do not have a core curriculum, instead they can choose from hundreds of classes in ten subject areas (the humanities being the most renowned). These factors, along with a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, ensure that undergrads get the full academic experience.

Dartmouth also has a unique plan based on a quarter system. The D-Plan requires that students stay on campus only freshman and senior years, plus the summers between sophomore and junior year, a time when sophomores essentially rule the campus, running clubs and organizations. During the other two years, students can elect which quarters they will take for residence, employment, study abroad or vacation. Dartmouth students can spend up to three of their quarters studying abroad.

Back home, students can take advantage of many clubs and organizations. The student newspaper is the oldest in the country, and the Outing Club maintains over 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Athletics are also an important part of student life. Dartmouth competes with other Division I schools as well as in the Ivy League conference. The facilities are excellent, especially the newly renovated Scully-Fahey Field featuring artificial turf. Students can also stop by the esteemed Hood Museum and Hopkins Center for the Arts, attend local film events and hear guest speakers such as director Ang Lee, and, of course, explore the great outdoors.

The college is also famous - make that infamous - for its Greek system: Dartmouth fraternities inspired the rowdy frat flick "Animal House." Every niche of every interest is covered at Dartmouth, and it is impossible not to find something to love when you get there.

Students are among the brightest and most gifted in the country. Alma mater of Dr. Seuss (Class of 1925) and Robert Frost (Class of 1896), as well as innumerable successful individuals, Dartmouth is a pre-eminent university among America's colleges. If you can get in (only 20 percent of applicants were accepted in 2002), you will no doubt have an amazing four years.

Reviewed in 2004


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i love this !

on Aug. 18 2014 at 1:19 am
ilovethecity GOLD, Westbury, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

Wow. This is so marvelously written. I love your description of the atmosphere of the campus. I am actually interested in researching Dartmouth! You've piqued my interest.

on Oct. 13 2011 at 7:18 pm
Italy_Felixis GOLD, Walpole, New Hampshire
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"For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own."

I love this college! It is the most beautiful place in the world!

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on Jul. 10 2010 at 4:38 pm
tuzik SILVER, Martinsville, New Jersey
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after reading a bunch of college reviews i started getting bored with the endless facts. this one, however, i really liked because you still had some of what teachers like to call "writer's craft." the phrase "the autumn road to Dartmouth feels like a drive through fire" especially stood out. good job!

on May. 10 2010 at 3:15 pm
iwanttobeforeveryoung GOLD, Forest Hills, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"When the power of lover overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
-Jimi Hendrix

Last I heard Harvard/ Yale/ Princeton/ etc.'s percentage of acceptances was about 7%.  Is Dartmouth's actually 20?