Dartmouth Internships Score High on U.S. News Ranking


More Dartmouth students participate in internships than at any other Ivy League school, and Dartmouth ranked No. 3 in a new U.S. News and World Report list of the top 10 universities with the highest rates of graduating seniors with internship experience.


Dartmouth is ranked No. 3 in internships in a new “Short List” ranking by U.S. News. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

“Our rigorous liberal arts education, supplemented by such rich, hands-on experiences, gives Dartmouth students a tremendous foundation and a significant advantage,” said Monica Wilson, acting co-director of Dartmouth’s Career Services office.

The latest U.S. News ranking, published September 27, comes two weeks after Dartmouth earned top billing for “Strong Commitment to Teaching” in the magazine’s annual “Best Colleges” lists—a rank Dartmouth has held now for three years running. Princeton University shared the No. 1 teaching spot with Dartmouth this year.

In other U.S. News rankings, Dartmouth is:

  • Tied for No. 3 in Freshman Retention Rates, with 98 percent of first-year students returning to campus the following year. Ranked No. 3 with Dartmouth are Princeton, Stanford, Chicago and Pennsylvania. Yale was No. 1, and Columbia No. 2.
  • No. 5 in the magazine’s list of where Fortune 500 CEOs went to college. The top four schools were: Harvard, Columbia, Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dartmouth tied with Stanford at No. 5.
  • No. 9 in Campus Housing, which tracks schools with the highest percentage of undergraduates living in campus housing. Some 87 percent of Dartmouth students live on campus.
In the Internship ranking, Dartmouth is the highest overall-ranked school on the list. Dartmouth ranked 11 overall in this year’s U.S. News Best Colleges list, published earlier this month. Seventy-two percent of Dartmouth’s graduating seniors worked as interns.

American University, ranked at No. 82 overall, topped the Internship list at No. 1, with 85 percent of its seniors participating in internships. Colorado School of Mines was No. 2 in Internships, with 81 percent of the engineering and applied science university’s students gaining work experience. Mines was No. 75 in the overall ranking. No other Ivy League school made the top 10 Internship ranking.

Internships give students an advantage in a tight job market, an assessment underscored last month by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which announced that 45 leading industries have committed to doubling their engineering internships. The Council is chaired by Dartmouth Trustee Jeff Immelt ’78, the CEO of GE, which is among the industries increasing opportunities for students.

“Employers are always excited to hear about the breadth and depth of internship experiences that Dartmouth students have acquired,” said Wilson.

The Internship rank is one of a number of “Short Lists” published by U.S. News using data submitted for its overall Best Colleges rankings. The Freshman Retention, Campus Housing and Fortune 500 CEO Degrees are also among the Short Lists.

Susan J. Boutwell