About the Dartmouth College Fund

Your annual gift to the Dartmouth College Fund sustains an experience that transforms students into people who can transform the world.

In fiscal 2015, gifts to the Fund helped Dartmouth provide need-based scholarships to nearly half of its undergraduates, including more than 500 who are the first in their families to attend college.

Fund gifts have also helped Dartmouth increase the number of faculty by 18 percent in the past 10 years—one reason U.S. News & World Report consistantly ranks Dartmouth among the best for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.”

Intense classes with faculty mentors. Life-long friendships. A College steeped in tradition—building better futures since 1769. That’s what the Dartmouth College Fund is all about.

Why annual gifts?

Tuition covers only 42 percent of the total cost of the student experience. Dartmouth relies on gifts from alumni—primarily to the Dartmouth College Fund—to make up the difference. In fiscal 2015, gifts from alumni, parents and friends made up 11 percent of Dartmouth’s annual budget.

Annual, unrestricted gifts to the Dartmouth College Fund—of any size—are spent entirely in the year they are received. Your gifts support Dartmouth's vital financial aid program, ensuring that every student can afford to choose Dartmouth.

Other types of gifts

Friends groups also raise restricted funds for specific areas within Dartmouth, from athletic teams to the Rockefeller Center, above and beyond the College’s budget. Class dues raised by individual classes support class activities such as mini-reunions, but don’t directly support the College.