Today we headed off to Dartmouth College. I was the designated Dartmouth researcher so I knew a little information about the school before we got there. Knowing it was in a rural area, I didn't really think that environment would be a good fit for me. But boy was I wrong. The school itself is really gorgeous, although its on the smaller side of the scale. But the campus is still a very open place. The city of Hanover, New Hampshire is a really quaint city with many little shops and eateries.
|Baker Library Bell Tower|
After driving 3 and 1/2 hours, I was just happy to be out of the car and stretch my legs. We entered the information session late due to heavy traffic. We learned all about Dartmouth's "D Plan" which basically means that Dartmouth is on quarter system and sometimes students take school over the summer as well as during the school year. Students can swap quarters from which they are on campus for an academic term, on term leave, or off campus for an academic term. Dartmouth offers 40 study abroad opportunities which is something that interests me because I would love to take advantage of an opportunity like that. In the information session we also learned about Dartmouth's admission process and how they choose students. Dartmouth's student population is 53% minority which is also really appealing to me, being from the Bay Area. Dartmouth's annual class size is a little over 1,000 students. 10% of 22,385 students who apply are accepted to Dartmouth. So it is a very selective school.
Because Dartmouth is set in a rural area, the school has many activities to keep the students busy. From bonfires with Alumni to winter sports celebrations, Dartmouth seems like a really cool place. Greek life is also a big part of campus life. 70% of students participate in Greek Life at Dartmouth. This is a pretty high number compared to the other schools we visited. But our tour guide, Elise '13 who is apart of a sorority, assured us that Greek Life is not the main focus of the school. Students of all kinds, affiliated and non affiliated all interact together. And either way, your experience there will be great.
Since Dartmouth is surrounded by nature, it is a big part of the social scene. Many people meet their best friends during an event for incoming freshman. Students join a group of 7 people before school starts and takes a trip within the area to bond with people who will be joining Dartmouth with you. Hiking, canoeing, biking and more activities are available through the Outdoor Club. This is a club 95% of students participate in.
|Outside of the Canoe Club Bistro|
After a tour and a group photo, we left Dartmouth and walked around the nearby shops and went into a couple of stores. Eventually, it was time to eat lunch at the Canoe Club Bistro. It was a really nice restaurant and had great food. I ordered the NE Family Farms Grass Fed Cheese Burger
|Canoe Club Dessert|