Dartmouth University
  • EduScore 84 /100

Dartmouth University: Quick Overview

Quick Stats
  • Year founded1769
  • Number of students enrolled6350
Application Info
  • Acceptance Rate11
  • SAT/ACT1420/31
  • Application dateFebruary 1

History and Mission

Dartmouth is the 9th oldest university in the United States founded in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, who was a Congregational minister from Connecticut. His main goal with the establishment of the college was to educate Native Americans and train them to be Cristian missionaries.

Wheelock got his inspiration for the college with his friendship with Samson Occom, who was a Mohegan Indian and would go on to become an ordained minister. In 1755 Moor’s Indian Charity School was founded by Wheelock and while the school saw success after its foundation they needed funding to continue the school. Wheelock solicited donations and Occom also helped in that department going to England to procure money from the church. A trust was established to help with the new school with the trustee being William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth.

The charter for the school was signed in 1769 and Wheelock had the funds, but had issues when it came to the recruitment of Indians considering the school was not near the tribal territories. Wheelock decided to move the school from Connecticut to Hannover, which was located in the Province of New Hampshire. At the time John Wentworth, was the Royal Governor of New Hampshire and he gave the land where the Dartmouth University would be built and in late 1779 a royal charter for Dartmouth University was established.

The charter of Dartmouth University stated the university was created, “for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land in reading, writing & all parts of Learning which shall appear necessary and expedient for civilizing & christianizing Children of Pagans as well as in all liberal Arts and Sciences and also of English Youth and any others.” The university was named after Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, who never actually donated to the college and was in opposition to its creation. Dartmouth is the last university that was established under Colonial rule and they first degree was given out in 1771.

In the mission statement for Dartmouth college they help in the education of students that show promise and gets them ready for learning and leadership by a faculty that is fully dedicated. The faculty are not on dedicated to give students a solid foundation for the creation of knowledge with the principles learned.

Areas of Study

Dartmouth is mainly a liberal arts college that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well and PhD’s and professional certificates. There are 39 academic departments at the school 56 major programs and three professional schools. The university is under the quarter program and for an for undergraduate study a student will have to complete 35 classes with eight to 10 of them being from their chosen major. The three professional schools at Dartmouth are:

  • Geisel School of Medicine
  • Thayer School of Engineering
  • Tuck School of Business

Geisel School of Medicine

The Geisel School of Medicine was established in 1797 and it is the 4th oldest medical school in the United States. They offer several degrees such as Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and they are one of the top medical schools in the United States when it comes to the specialties of primary care and biomedical research. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which is located in nearby Lebanon, New Hampshire, is the main teaching hospital for the Geisel School of Medicine.

Thayer School of Engineering

Established in 1867 the Thayer School of Engineering offers both undergrad and graduate programs in the engineering sciences. They offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and there also duel-degree programs that are associated with other universities in the United States.

Tuck School of Business

The Tuck School of Business was founded in 1900 and their claim to fame is offering the very first master’s degree in business administration in the world. The MBA program at Tuck, which is what the school is referred as, has been ranked as one of the best in the nation by many reputable publications. The only degree that Tuck offers is the Master of Business Administration (MBA), but there are specialization courses that students can take in the program, but they are not a graduation requirement.

Online Program

Dartmouth University has an online program that offers two degrees, many courses, and various certificate programs. All of the online courses are set up to challenge the student and to create a bond between the students and the faculty. The two-degree programs offered by the college online are the Master of Health Care Delivery Science and the Masters in Public Health. The institution also offers quite a few intertwined certificate programs, non-degree, online that are mainly dealing with the studies in the graduate schools. The college has online courses in different subjects in the DartmouthX, which is a MOOC (massive open online course) provider and a partner with EdX. Through the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning website at https://dcal.dartmouth.edu/initiatives/dartmouthx students can learn more about the online programs at the university.

How do I apply to Dartmouth University?

In order to apply to Dartmouth University students can use either the Common Application

and the college does not prefer one or the other. On the admissions website at https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/glossary-term/application there are the two links for the two application processes and it lays out what you need for each. Besides the application form students applying to the undergrad program will also be required to submit:

  • Application fee ($80 for undergrad $90 for transfer students)
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Recommendations (teacher or counselor)
  • Essay
  • Writing supplement

The application process will be different for the three professional schools and especially for transfer students, who will need to submit other documentation. All of the applications to Dartmouth are done electronically.

Acceptance rate

The acceptance rate for Dartmouth University is 11% and the graduation rate is 95%. While the acceptance rate is higher than some of the other Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Yale, Dartmouth is the smallest college in the Ivy League and not only has the fewest students, but also the fewest professional schools. Still, being a reputable and premier university in the United States students can expect to earn a significant income upon graduation and this is especially the case for advanced degrees in one of the three graduate schools.

Student life at Dartmouth University

While Dartmouth is located in a rural area in the small town of Hannover, New Hampshire there is still not lack of student life. There are many student groups and organizations on campus and the arts district on the campus has the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Black Family Visual Arts Center. There are also several student programs for these museums and centers and there is plenty of public art all around the very green and serene campus.

Dartmouth University has a solid athletic scene with 34 varsity sports, 17 club sports, and many intramural teams and leagues. The nickname of the sports teams at the college is the Big Green and they are in Division 1 and compete in the Ivy League. The college holds five NCAA National Tittles with one in golf, two in men’s skiing, one in co-ed team skiing, and one in women’s rugby. In the 1940’s the Big Green played in two NCAA men’s basketball championship games, but fell short each time. For a smaller university Dartmouth has many athletic facilities all-around campus and the intramural sports leagues are very popular in many different sports.

The campus of Dartmouth is quaint and in a rural local area, but the school has some of a party reputation because the students are, pretty much, confined around the campus. The frat parties at the college have a reputation as being pretty big and sometimes wild and there are also many smaller parties and gatherings with the many organizations associated with the college. Dartmouth is in Hannover, New Hampshire and while a smaller town there are some nice cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants.

Dartmouth University Campus

Dartmouth University is in a rural area located in Hannover, New Hampshire and the college sits on 269 acres. The campus center is referred to as “The Green” and used to be a pine forest before it was cleared and now a rec area as well as a gathering place for rallies, celebrations, and demonstrations. Many of the buildings on campus are in the designed in the Georgian colonial architecture style, but there has been a lot of recent modern construction in the last several years mainly for dormitories and mathematics facilities. Not only are the tons of trees and greenery on the campus, but also many residence halls and dining halls as well as athletics facilities and student meeting points. The campus is very safe and easily accessible by bike and by foot.

Costs of Studying at Dartmouth University

The cost of studying at Dartmouth University is relatively high and that is not surprising since they are an Ivy League school with a fantastic academic reputation. The average cost of attending Dartmouth is nearly $70,000 per year, but that number is different in terms of the graduate programs at the university. Students that earn a degree from the university can expect to earn a substantial income right after graduation and this is especially the case with a graduate degree. Here is a breakdown of the cost to study at Dartmouth University for one year for undergraduate studies.


  • Tuition and Fees $52,950
  • Room and Board $15,159
  • Books and Supplies $1,260
  • Other Expenses $3,500

Not only is there an installment payment plan for Dartmouth, but they also have a unique pre-payment plan available. There is a lot of financial aid available at the college and for more information pertaining to financial aid at Dartmouth visit the official financial aid website at: https://financialaid.dartmouth.edu.


Dartmouth University is located in Hannover, New Hampshire, which is a town of just over 11,000 people and situated on the Connecticut River in New England. The famous Appalachian Trail crosses the town and while a sleepy rural area there is very little crime and the town is often ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States.

Q: How much money will I make with a Dartmouth University degree? A: With an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth University the median early career salary is $70,800. The college is not inexpensive to attend, but it has a very good return on investment in terms of future earnings. The median mid0-career salary for a graduate with a BS is nearly $150,000 and for those who earned a graduate or professional degree the earning potential is significantly higher. Q: How does the accreditation process work?A: Dartmouth University accepts transfer students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The transfer students contribute to the college and most of the transfers that come in already have solid academic credentials. The transfer process differs between prospective students that want to apply to the undergrad or graduate program in the three graduate schools available. In terms of undergrad transfers students that have completed two years at a university, in applicable coursework, are eligible to transfer to Dartmouth. For all the information for transfer students for the undergraduate and graduate programs all the information can be found here: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/glossary-term/eligibility-guidelines. Q: How do I know if my Dartmouth application is complete? A: Dartmouth has an online system that tracks a students’ application to make sure they have everything that is asked of the college. Q: Do I have to have a business background to apply to the Tuck School of Business? A: No. The reputable business school will accept prospective students from all different types of backgrounds no matter what their business experience is. There are also a list of subjects and courses that can be taken to help prepare for admission into Tuck business school.

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