About

Liberal Arts at the Core

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Founded in 1769
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Hanover, NH
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4,000+ Undergraduates

A vibrant, inclusive learning environment where students and faculty respond with research and innovation to the most pressing challenges of our time. 

 

Our Mission

Dartmouth educates the most promising students and prepares them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge.

1769
Founded

Charter establishing Dartmouth was signed by John Wentworth, the Royal Governor of New Hampshire.

40+
Academic departments and programs

As an undergraduate you can explore the arts and sciences before declaring or designing your major.

7:1
Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio

The majority of classes have 20 or fewer students.

Our Core Values

  • Dartmouth expects academic excellence and encourages independence of thought within a culture of collaboration.

  • Dartmouth faculty are passionate about teaching our students and are at the forefront of their scholarly or creative work.

  • Dartmouth embraces diversity with the knowledge that it significantly enhances the quality of a Dartmouth education.

  • Dartmouth recruits and admits outstanding students from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial means.

  • Dartmouth fosters lasting bonds among faculty, staff, and students, which encourage a culture of integrity, self-reliance, and collegiality and instill a sense of responsibility for each other and for the broader world.

  • Dartmouth supports the vigorous and open debate of ideas within a community marked by mutual respect.

Dartmouth bridges arts and sciences. Teaching and scholarship. Learning and leading. Our region and the world.

These connections thrive at the heart of our academic enterprise.

Find your way around Dartmouth’s 269-acre main campus and beyond.
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Preparing surveying equipment for research into how the topography of a stream channel changes after dam removal
Research

More than 75 centers and institutes offer expanded learning and research in areas as diverse as medicine, the arts, engineering, and business. Many are interdisciplinary and bring together faculty and students from across campus to work on complex issues.

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President Philip J. Hanlon '77 during the filming of his Valedictory to the Graduating seniors, class of 2020
Leadership

Meet our leaders, who believe Dartmouth’s impact on the world is extended through interdisciplinary faculty teams who collaborate at the leading edge of discovery and where students are given uncommon access to new ideas around the globe through course work and research opportunities. 

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Visit

Come to campus, you’re going to love it! The best way to satisfy your curiosity about learning and living at Dartmouth is to visit. We offer several options on most days, and we look forward to your participation in our programming.

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Aerial view of campus in Autumn.
Life in the Upper Valley

Our region is a lively, inclusive community, home to a vibrant arts district and surrounded by majestic mountains and rivers.

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Dartmouth Winter Carnival

Learn more about the history and traditions of the greatest cold-weather celebration! Plus see photos of events, sculptures, and posters from years past.