54 Facts About Dartmouth College


Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Dartmouth College is home to the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Hood Museum of Art, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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Dartmouth College is known for its strong undergraduate focus, Greek culture, and wide array of enduring campus traditions.

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Dartmouth College was founded by Eleazar Wheelock, a Yale graduate and Congregational minister from Windham, Connecticut, who had sought to establish a school to train Native Americans as Christian missionaries.

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In 1819, Dartmouth College was the subject of the historic Dartmouth College case, which challenged New Hampshire's 1816 attempt to amend the college' charter to make the school a public university.

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An institution called Dartmouth University occupied the college buildings and began operating in Hanover in 1817, though the college continued teaching classes in rented rooms nearby.

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Dartmouth College taught its first African-American students in 1775 and 1808.

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Dartmouth College emerged onto the national academic stage at the turn of the 20th century.

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Under President William Jewett Tucker, Dartmouth College underwent a major revitalization of facilities, faculty, and the student body, following large endowments such as the $10, 000 given by Dartmouth College alumnus and law professor John Ordronaux.

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Dartmouth College, which had been a men's institution, began admitting women as full-time students and undergraduate degree candidates in 1972 amid much controversy.

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Since the election of a number of petition-nominated trustees to the Board of Trustees starting in 2004, the role of alumni in Dartmouth College governance has been the subject of ongoing conflict.

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In May 2010 Dartmouth College joined the Matariki Network of Universities together with Durham University (UK), Queen's University (Canada), University of Otago (New Zealand), University of Tubingen (Germany), University of Western Australia (Australia) and Uppsala University (Sweden).

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In 2019, Dartmouth College was elected to the Association of American Universities.

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Furthermore, Dartmouth College is home to three professional schools: the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering (1867)—which serves as the undergraduate department of engineering sciences—and Tuck School of Business (1900).

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Dartmouth College employs a total of 607 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, including the highest proportion of female tenured professors among the Ivy League universities, and the first black woman tenure-track faculty member in computer science at an Ivy League university.

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Dartmouth College served as the host member of the University Press of New England, a university press founded in 1970 that included Brandeis University, Tufts University, the University of New Hampshire, and Northeastern University.

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Dartmouth College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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In Forbes 2019 rankings of 650 universities, liberal arts colleges and service academies, Dartmouth ranked 10th overall and 10th in research universities.

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Freshman class entering Fall 2020, Dartmouth College received 21, 394 applications of which 1, 881 were accepted for an 8.

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Dartmouth College is one of six American universities to practice universal need-blind admissions.

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So, while Dartmouth College gets glowing coverage in news publications across the country, 72.

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The Dartmouth College Plan is an academic scheduling system that permits the customization of each student's academic year.

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The nominees for alumni trustee are determined by a poll of the members of the Association of Alumni of Dartmouth College, selecting from among names put forward by the Alumni Council or by alumni petition.

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Dartmouth College is situated in the rural town of Hanover, New Hampshire, located in the Upper Valley along the Connecticut River in New England.

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Dartmouth College is the largest private landowner of the town of Hanover, and its total landholdings and facilities are worth an estimated $434 million.

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The Dartmouth College has actively sought to reduce carbon emissions and energy usage on campus, earning it the grade of A- from the Sustainable Endowments Institute on its Dartmouth College Sustainability Report Card 2008.

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Notable feature of the Dartmouth College campus is its many trees which include some 200 American elms.

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In December 2018, Dartmouth College began a major expansion of the west end of campus by breaking ground on the $200 million Center for Engineering and Computer Science.

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Baker-Berry Library is the main library at Dartmouth College, consisting of a merger of the Baker Memorial Library and the Berry Library (completed 2002).

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Campus meals are served by Dartmouth College Dining Services, which operates 11 dining establishments around campus.

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Dartmouth College operates a la carte cafes around campus, a convenience store (Collis Market), and 3 snack bars.

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Under Hanlon's leadership, Dartmouth College launched a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to combat high-risk behaviors and build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff.

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In 2015, the Huffington Post reported that Dartmouth had the highest rate of bystander intervention of any college surveyed, with 57.

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The Dartmouth describes itself as "America's Oldest College Newspaper, Founded 1799".

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Dartmouth College is home to 32 recognized Greek houses: 17 fraternities, 12 sororities, and three coeducational organizations.

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Dartmouth College was among the first institutions of higher education to desegregate fraternity houses, doing so in the 1950s, and was involved in the movement to create coeducational Greek houses in the 1970s.

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In 2021, Dartmouth College fielded 33 intercollegiate varsity teams: 15 for men, 17 for women, and coeducational sailing and equestrian programs.

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Charter of Dartmouth College, granted to Wheelock in 1769, proclaims that the institution was created "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land in reading, writing and all parts of Learning.

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However, Wheelock primarily intended the college to educate white youth, and the few Native students that attended Dartmouth experienced much difficulty in an institution ostensibly dedicated to their education.

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The funds for the Charity School for Native Americans that preceded Dartmouth College were raised primarily by the efforts of a Mohegan named Samson Occom, and at least some of those funds were used to help found the college.

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Dartmouth College graduated only 19 Native Americans during its first 200 years.

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Since then, Dartmouth College has graduated over 700 Native American students from over 200 different tribes, more than the other seven Ivy League universities combined.

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Dartmouth College is well known for its fierce school spirit and many traditions.

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Dartmouth College's motto, chosen by Eleazar Wheelock, is Vox clamantis in deserto.

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Richard Hovey's "Men of Dartmouth College" was elected as the best of Dartmouth College's songs in 1896, and became the school's official song in 1926.

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Some alumni and students, as well as the conservative student newspaper, The Dartmouth College Review, have sought to return the Indian symbol to prominence, but never succeeded in doing so.

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One proposal devised by the college humor magazine the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern was Keggy the Keg, an anthropomorphic beer keg who makes occasional appearances at college sporting events.

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The most common graduate and professional schools for Dartmouth College undergraduates include other members of the Ivy Plus, Icahn School of Medicine, NYU, Oxford, and Cambridge.

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Over 164 Dartmouth College graduates have served in the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives, such as Massachusetts statesman Daniel Webster.

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Two Dartmouth alumni have served as justices on the Supreme Court of the United States: Salmon P Chase and Levi Woodbury.

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In literature and journalism, Dartmouth has produced 13 Pulitzer Prize winners: Thomas M Burton, Richard Eberhart, Dan Fagin, Paul Gigot, Frank Gilroy, Jake Hooker, Nigel Jaquiss, Joseph Rago, Martin J Sherwin, David K Shipler, David Shribman, Justin Harvey Smith and Robert Frost.

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Frost, who received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry in his lifetime, attended but did not graduate from Dartmouth College; he is, however, the only person to have received two honorary degrees from Dartmouth College.

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In baseball, Dartmouth College alumni include All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner and manager Brad Ausmus, All-Star reliever Mike Remlinger, and pitcher Kyle Hendricks.

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Dartmouth College has appeared in or been referenced by a number of popular media.

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