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Welcome to OPAL

Dartmouth believes that a 21st century liberal arts education integrates respect for, and understanding of, the unique and essential benefits of living, learning, and engaging in an inclusive global community.

OPAL's mission is to foster a Dartmouth where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to the creation of a socially just world.  OPAL provides academic and sociocultural advising, designs and facilitates educational programs, and serves as advocates for all students and communities. OPAL is for all students who want to get the most from their unique Dartmouth experience.

OPAL is a department of Student Academic Support Services within the Division of Student Affairs

Welcome Class of 2020

Welcome to Dartmouth College! Consider this your personal invitation to learn more about what makes Dartmouth such a unique community of learners, and how OPAL supports all students. Connect with a specific community to explore an expect of your identity or get involved with some of our education and leadership initiatives to learn about diversity, inclusion, and leadership.

blackstudentadvising  internationalstudentadvising  latinxstudentadvising

panasianstudentadvising  swagadvising  educationtrainingandleadership


As you're getting ready to come on campus, you'll begin to receive information from our office about how to connect with us. Sign up for our inter-community newsletter, preview some of the great programs during Dimensions of Dartmouth, mark your calendar for our Fall term community socials and explore our opportunities for mentoring and guidance once you arrive on campus.

There are many paths into OPAL and we hope you'll take this opportunity to explore how we can help you make the most of your undergraduate experience. We can't wait to see you on campus!





Meet Our Staff

Advisor Drop-In Hours

OPAL Advisors will host drop-in hours during the Summer term (June 23 - August 30) during the following dates and times:

  • Black Student Advising with Dean Kari Cooke
    • Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm at the Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry
    • Wednesdays from 10am-12pm at the Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry
  • Pan Asian Student Advising with Dean Shiella Cervantes
    • Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at the PAC Resource Room in Robinson 104
  • LatinX Student Advising with Dean Rodrigo Ramirez
    • Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at the OPAL LSA Office in Carson 130
    • Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. at the OPAL LSA Office in Carson 130
  • International Student Advising 
    • Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. in the OPAL ISA Office in Carson 150
  • Sexuality, Women, and Gender Advising with Dean Michelle Hector Kermond
    • Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at the OPAL SWAG Office in the CGSE

Last Updated: 6/10/16