Summer at Dartmouth

Study in the sun. With Dartmouth’s quarterly academic calendar, our campus and classrooms are buzzing year-round. Second-year undergraduates are in residence for sophomore summer; researchers keep the labs, studios, and libraries humming with activity; and visitors take in the lush beauty and full schedule of a Hanover summer.

Connecticut River and Ledyard Bridge from above in summertime

(Photo by Robert Gill)

Dartmouth students hiking Mount Ascutney: Carly Tymm '20, Katherine Kane '20, and Phoebe Cunningham '20
Dartmouth students hiking Mount Ascutney: Carly Tymm ’20, Katherine Kane ’20, and Phoebe Cunningham ’20 (Photo by Kevin Yang)

Sophomore Summer

The midpoint of your Dartmouth education, Sophomore Summer is an important moment to plan your major, explore career options, and even get to know your subject area librarian—a key partner for upcoming research projects.


First and foremost, summer term means summer study. A typical course load is three classes, just as it is for any other academic term.

Thanks to Dartmouth’s distinctive D-Plan, as a rising junior you’ll be on campus together with your entire class the summer following your sophomore year.

The Undergraduate Deans Office provides detailed materials for sophomores to help you take advantage of all that Dartmouth has to offer.



With the entire campus dedicated to your class, you're in charge. It's a time when leadership positions for many student organizations transition into the hands of rising juniors.

Examples of extracurricular opportunities that will be uniquely yours include leadership programming from the Rockefeller Center and volunteer service with SEAD, Dartmouth's summer enrichment program for students from under-resourced high schools.

There's no denying it, summer is a beautiful time to be at Dartmouth. The skies are blue, the mountains are green, and the Connecticut River swim docks are just a few steps from the Green on a hot day.

The region around Hanover is fun to explore by foot, bike, and car or through Outdoor Programs. On campus, Dartmouth's calendar is full of conferences and performances. 

High school students from New Hampshire and Vermont take part in the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program and visit the Dartmouth Organic Farm.
Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD)

Every summer, promising students from under-resourced high schools convene at Dartmouth for this college-preparatory program. 

Tuck Business Bridge Program

An intensive, career-focused program for college juniors, seniors, and recent graduates covers the basics of accounting, marketing, finance, and leadership. 

Baker Tower and flowers
Osher Summer Program

Each summer, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth brings top experts to campus for a cohesive lecture series. 

Institute for Security, Technology and Society

Dartmouth’s ISTS offers summer programs in cyber security for high school and undergraduate students.

The Rassias Center

The Rassias Center’s Accelerated Language Programs produce rapid gains in proficiency by immersing adults in a language.