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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
During its winter meeting March 4-6 in Hanover, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees set the College's tuition for academic year 2005-2006 at $31,770, an increase of 4.9 percent (or $1,491) over the current year's tuition rate. With room, board and mandatory fees, next year's overall charges will be $41,355.
The rates apply to students in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth, including all undergraduates as well as students in Arts and Sciences graduate programs and all students in Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dartmouth's continuing commitment to affordability
Dartmouth's need-blind policy for undergraduates means that in making its admissions decisions, the College does not take into account an applicant's ability to pay. For those who enter the institution with demonstrated financial need, Dartmouth commits to creating financial aid packages that meet the full extent of demonstrated need for a full four years.
"It is critical that Dartmouth continue to offer the best undergraduate education anywhere, and that it continue to draw students of exceptional talent from all sectors of society," President James Wright said. "This means that Dartmouth is committed to maintaining its need-blind admissions policy and providing undergraduate financial aid sufficient to make a Dartmouth education affordable regardless of financial circumstances."
Over the last six years, Dartmouth has implemented an expansion of financial aid that resulted in students from families with incomes below $45,000 not having to take out any loans from the College during their first year, and dramatically reduced loan requirements for students from families earning $45,000 to $60,000.
Overall, more than half of Dartmouth students and their families receive assistance from either the College or outside sources in meeting the cost of attendance, and about 45 percent of each entering class receives scholarship aid directly from Dartmouth. Eligibility for aid is reviewed each year, and adjustments are made, as necessary, to assure that the aid package is commensurate with each family's financial need.
Other board matters
In other business, the board accepted the administration's plan to move forward aggressively with a life sciences facility project. Provost Barry Scherr will begin the architect selection process in the near future for the facility, which will be located near the current Medical School at the north end of the Hanover campus. The new facility will provide teaching, laboratory and office space for the biological sciences, as well as some space for the Medical School. President Wright noted that this is a critical project for the Arts and Sciences and the related departments in the Medical School.
Provost Scherr also briefed the board on the progress of various construction projects, including the McLaughlin Residential Cluster, the Tuck Mall Residence Hall, the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, Kemeny Hall/Haldeman Center and the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse. The trustees reviewed plans for the renovation of Alumni Gym, set to begin next month to address mechanical systems and the addition of a 9,100-square-foot recreational fitness center.
The board also reviewed and approved the College's Affirmative Action Plan for 2005. Ozzie Harris, special assistant to the president for institutional diversity and equity, reported that Dartmouth has made substantial progress in recent years in the appointment of women and minorities to faculty and staff positions, and that its percentage of female faculty members is the highest in the Ivy League.
Carolyn Pelzel, vice president for development, briefed the trustees on the status of the $1.3 billion Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience, which was launched publicly in November. She said gifts and pledges to the campaign through February stand at $522.4 million, noting that recent gifts totaling $14 million will support students and faculty through the establishment of Distinguished Professorships in Emerging Fields and a program of Award Funds for Scholarly Innovation and Advancement in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The two trustee working groups - on academic excellence and alumni relations - continued their discussions. The trustees also met with newly tenured faculty members and took actions on routine personnel matters.
The trustees met with the leadership of the Student Assembly and with Paleopitus, a group of senior student leaders that advises the President and the Dean of the College. They also attended various student performances and athletic events, including the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, "The Fantasticks," a women's basketball game and a men's hockey game.
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