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Dartmouth's Commitment to



artmouth, a member of the Ivy League, has been concerned with the education of minority students since its founding. In 1769 Congregational Minister Eleazar Wheelock secured a charter from the Governor of New Hampshire with the plan of educating Native American students in the log hut he erected in Hanover. In the years since graduating its first class of four students, Dartmouth has become one of the foremost universities in the world.

The College community comprises a breadth of cultures, traditions, and ideas, creating a campus that is alive with ongoing debate and exploration. Dartmouth’s commitment to diversity is a commitment to educational excellence as the entire community benefits from exposure to the knowledge, the experiences, the talents, and the perspectives of men and women of different races, nationalities, religions, and economic circumstances.

Academics: Dartmouth’s unique blending of university resources with a college’s focus on undergraduate education offers small classes, top-flight facilities, and an outstanding faculty. Professors here are among the leaders in their fields yet remain committed to teaching. Students have the opportunity to really get to know their professors and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of faculty accessibility throughout their Dartmouth careers.

A flexible calendar system provides students with unparalleled opportunities to design an educational program that is most closely suited to their individual needs and interests. The flexibility of the “Dartmouth Plan” is possible through the use of a year-round calendar consisting of four ten-week academic terms (fall, winter, spring, and summer). Students include terms of on-campus study, off-campus study in Dartmouth programs or at other institutions, and vacation terms in their individual Dartmouth Plans. Sixty percent of all Dartmouth students participate in at least one of the approximately 45 different off-campus options.

Dartmouth’s resources rival those of the finest large universities. From the extensive library and computing systems and modern laboratories to the excellent faculty, the College provides its students with everything they need to fully explore their interests. At the heart of the College is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. Dartmouth is also in the forefront of educational computing. A high-speed wireless computer network links dormitory rooms, administrative and academic buildings, and mainframe computers on- and off-campus.

Student Life: The Dartmouth undergraduate’s life is not confined to the classroom. A blend of academic, cultural, social, and extracurricular pursuits contributes to the Dartmouth experience. Extracurricular activities are an important component of every education. Dartmouth undergraduates participate in more than 350 student-run organizations. Organizations such as the African American Society, Dartmouth Asian Organization, Korean-American Student Association, La Alianza Latina, and Native American at Dartmouth all serve as important sources of support for students of color and as forums for sharing common concerns and experiences. These organizations sponsor a rich variety of activities — cultural events, lectures, readings, social functions, and traditional celebrations — in which all members of the Dartmouth community can participate.

The arts at Dartmouth flourish in the two excellent facilities designed to make artistic expression a vital part of community life: the Hood Museum of Art and the Hopkins Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. A remarkably broad selection of internationally-acclaimed musicians, acting companies, and dance troupes, as well as many student organizations perform each year at the Hopkins Center. Many of the performers and artists participate in the Hopkins Center’s Artists-in-Residence program and present master classes and lecture demonstrations that further enrich the experiences of all undergraduates, both majors and non-majors.

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