When you get to Dartmouth, the whole community will be your support system.
While you will be assigned formal advisors beginning with your very first day on campus, you'll also find informal advisors along the way, from upper class students who lead your First-Year DOC Trip to the professors you have your during your first fall term.
The College's focus on individual attention and personal interaction begins during Orientation Week, sometimes called Camp Dartmouth. During orientation, not only will you meet your classmates but you'll also start to get to know your advisors.
All first-year students are assigned an Undergraduate Advisor, or UGA as we say, who will help make you feel at home in your residence hall and at Dartmouth. UGA's are upper-class students who are eager to assist you. They will connect you with the academic and intellectual resources Dartmouth offers. They may introduce you to a classmate who shares your interests or perhaps that professor who will change your life.
In addition your UGA, you'll have other "official" advisors on campus. Your first-year faculty advisor, Class Dean, and Community Director can all offer advice, answer questions, connect you with the resources you need to succeed at Dartmouth, and lend support when you need it most. You can also get support from dedicated advisors who have strong relationships with the Latino, Native American, International, Black, LGBT, Asian and First-Generation communities on campus but who are also available as resources to all students.
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Dartmouth is prepared to support students through the new challenges that can arise when you leave home for college. The Dartmouth College Health Service is right on campus at Dick's House and provides a full range of medical services, including inpatient care, primary care and preventative medicine and mental health counseling. There also are peer advisors to help with issues ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to eating disorder to sexual health. A nationally ranked academic medical center, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is just minutes away from campus.
Finally, don't forget about the resources in Financial Aid to help make sure you have the funds you need to take advantage of all the opportunities available at Dartmouth. Various offices around campus also offer financial support for internships, research, international travel, and more.
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