Dartmouth Admissions

Apr 082013
 

“Congratulations to each of you for being admitted to Dartmouth College. As an alum myself, I know firsthand that Dartmouth is a special, life-changing place. I hope each of you will discover that for yourselves by making Hanover your destination next fall. I look forward to greeting you next fall in Hanover as you arrive to join Dartmouth’s great Class of 2017!”

-Phil Hanlon ’77
President-Elect of Dartmouth College

Mar 282013
 

The entire Dartmouth College Admissions staff would like to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2017. You were selected from an accomplished and talented group of over 22,000 applicants and we were enormously impressed and inspired.

We’ve made our choice and it’s you. We hope that you will make the decision to join us at Dartmouth this fall as a member of the Class of 2017.  You will do more at Dartmouth and here’s why:

  • We have national leadership and recognition for outstanding undergraduate teaching
  • Faculty across Dartmouth have an extraordinary level of involvement and desire to increase undergraduate participation in research, scholarship, and creativity
  • Our unique and flexible academic calendar make it possible for a high percentage of our students to engage in global study
  • The extraordinary residential campus, one-of-a-kind natural setting, and other resources provide unique curricular and co-curricular opportunities
  • Dartmouth is a world-class research institution with a size and scale that fosters community and the deep engagement of faculty, staff, and students in the educational mission
  • The diversity of backgrounds, interests, talents and perspectives of our students enrich our vibrant residential community
  • Dartmouth guarantees to meet 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need for all four years.

We encourage you to learn more about becoming a ’17 by visiting a web page created just for your class. There you will learn more about joining the Class of 2017 Facebook Group, Dimensions of Dartmouth – our April Regular Decision admitted student visitation program, DOC First-Year Trips, New Student Orientation and much more.

We are confident that by choosing Dartmouth you will have the tools and resources to make the most of your college experience, so do more by choosing Dartmouth!

Mar 122013
 

Learn more about Dartmouth. We’re coming to a city near you this spring!

Join a Dartmouth Admissions Officer at one of our information sessions or high school visits this spring and learn about why Dartmouth is ranked #1 for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report.

Get answers to your most pressing college application questions and learn more about Dartmouth’s need-blind admissions policy and commitment to affordability.

We’ll be traveling to New York City, Fairfield County, Seattle, New Jersey and the Bay Area in the coming months. To learn more, visit our website and click on “High School Visits” and/or “Information Sessions” to get more information.

RSVP today!

Dec 062012
 

Chris O’Connell ’13 is the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club’s First-Year Trips Program.

Class of 2017 – Welcome to Dartmouth!

Congratulations on your acceptance and for getting through one of the more stressful parts of high school!  I remember how overwhelmingly crazy this time of year was with college decisions, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover.

Students gather on the lawn of Robinson Hall for the start of their DOC Trip.

My name is Chris O’Connell and I am the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips Program – usually just known as “Trips.”  I am SO incredibly excited for you all to come to Dartmouth in 8ish months.  It seems like a long ways away (…because it is), but it will fly by and before you know it, we’ll be welcoming you to campus for your First-Year Trip!

DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started.  Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘17s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!

Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September.  The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class.  Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students.  Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking.  We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!

The hiking trip I had the chance to lead as a sophomore!

I’m a member of the (great) Class of 2013, so it was only four years ago that I went on my own DOC Trip – rock climbing! I had never been climbing before, but I had the chance to learn and check out a beautiful portion of the Appalachian Trail.  Three years ago, I got to lead a hiking trip in the White Mountains and had a blast leading a group of freshmen through their first days at Dartmouth.  The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.

Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth.  Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you later in 2013, but for now – enjoy this moment and get excited for an incredible four years!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

Chris O’Connell ‘13

P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!

 

Nov 142012
 

Christopher Norman ‘13
Hometown: San Francisco, California

Academic Interests: Geography & Sociology majors

Campus Involvements: Undergraduate Advisor , Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, Casque and Gauntlet Senior Society, Latino Ivy League Conference Head Delegate, First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP) mentor, Former, President and Vice President of La Alianza Latina, Men of Color Alliance, Faith In Action Alternative Spring Break trip leader , Diversity Peer Leadership Program, Geography Foreign Study Program to Prague, Czech Republic, SEAD (Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth) mentor, Former DREAM mentor, Former America Reads tutor

What does “Latino” mean to you? To me, being Latino means being willing to express and learn about the developing history and culture of one of the U.S.’s fastest growing populations. The meaning of Latino changes depending on your context—from the various Mexican expressions characterized by West Coast influences, to Puerto Rican communities cultivating their culture in New York—Latino identity is shaped by its surroundings. While these nuances exist, the strength in being Latino is in knowing that these populations share parts of their languages, cultures, and histories—and that makes the identity all the stronger.

Describe Dartmouth in three words: Unique, Challenging, Enlightening

Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: The students here come from all over the world, and I’ve had the chance to hear so many of their experiences, challenges, aspirations, and perspectives on the people they are and how they’ve grown. I’ve learned so much from my impressive, motivated peers.

H. Gustavo Ruiz Llopiz ‘14
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico   

Academic Interests: Government major/ minor Education

Campus Involvements: Dartmouth for UNICEF, President, Dartmouth Black and Latino Business Alliance, Treasurer, Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault

What does “Latino” mean to you? For me, being Latino means having an extended family of millions of people across borders.

Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, Fast-paced, Welcoming

Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: My favorite aspect of Dartmouth is the number of leadership opportunities it has to offer.

Daniela Hernández ‘15
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Academic Interests: Hispanic Studies – Spanish Literature | Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

Campus Involvements: Ballet Folklórico de Dartmouth, Dartmouth Fashion Council, First-Year Student Enrichment Program, La Alianza Latina, Sexperts

What does “Latino” mean to you? Being Latina is definitely one of the first words that I use to describe myself. I use this term because it encompasses my history, culture, and struggles in a way that is open-ended yet extremely specific at the same time. Paradoxically, being a Latino means having history and traits link you to almost every race in the world, without actually being part of only one race or people. This term reminds me that I am multi-faceted and that I do not have to be defined by any labels or classifications that others wish to impose on me.

Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, life-changing, and a blessing.

Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: I love the relationship that Dartmouth has with its students. From the first moment that I stepped on campus I immediately felt the positive, friendly, and inviting atmosphere that the students, faculty, and campus projected. I think that Dartmouth has the ability to make anyone feel at home, even through the rough times.

Francisco J. Herrera, Jr. ‘13
Hometown: Miami, Florida

Academic Interests: Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies Major, Chemistry Minor

Campus Involvements:
First Year Student Enrichment Program mentor, La Alianza Latina, MEChA, Latin@ Partnership for Success, Spanish Drill Instructor, Novack Café Sales Associate, Undergraduate Advisor to the, LALACS Affinity House, Chemistry & Calculus tutor

What does “Latino” mean to you? I think being Latino is about having a family that at some point came to the US from Latin America. That being said, when I think about how I live my Latino-ness, I think of Nicaraguan and Caribbean food, Spanish music and literatures, dancing, laughing, being careful with my money and some more laughing.

Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, Opportunity, Forests

Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: My favorite aspect of Dartmouth is that even though it can be extremely challenging, you can always find help when you need it.

Adriana Flores ‘13
Hometown: Eugene, OR, prior to that Los Angeles, CA, from El Salvador

Academic Interests: Spanish Major, Italian Minor

Campus Involvements: Cru Christian Group, Epsilon Kappa Theta Sorority, Panhellenic Council, House Manager and Usher for the Hopkins Center, Italian Drill Instructor, Gospel Choir, Sunday School Volunteer at Christ Redeemer Church

What does “Latino” mean to you? Latino means coming from a background of Latin America, whether you were born abroad or in the U.S. Being Latino means that your family or part of it speaks Spanish or Spanglish! Latino, to me, means strength, family, courage because in my opinion Latinos are a diverse and strong group of people.

Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, diverse, community

Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: My favorite aspect about Dartmouth is the smaller communities that I am able to be a part of. I have found friendships and many people that I’ve come to consider almost my family.

May 252012
 

Peter Hackett is a Professor of Theater and chair of Dartmouth’s theater department.

To the Class of 2016:

Every day as I walk to my office in the Hopkins Center for the Arts, I pass the portraits of the extraordinarily dynamic teachers who served in the theater department years ago. The gentleman with the impish smile and the irresistible twinkle in his eye is Professor Rod Alexander, the man who guided me to a life in the theater when I was, like you, an eager and energetic Dartmouth undergraduate.

A consummate comedian and master teacher, Rod not only knew exactly what to say to achieve the maximum impact on his students, he knew the perfect time to say it.

During one of the last rehearsals for my senior directing project, The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd, Rod and I watched with dismay as the chorus of urchins tripped and shuffled their way through their dance numbers. Several evenings of extra dance rehearsals had resulted in no noticeable improvements. After the final blackout, Rod leaned over to me and whispered, “Put glitter on their shoes.” I had learned by this time that it would be very wise to follow Rod’s advice even if I didn’t necessarily understand it. Sure enough, on opening night, with the stage lights sparkling on their rainbow colored feet, the chorus danced with a nimbleness and precision I had never seen before! As I watched the urchins fly through their numbers, I realized that Rod was a motivational genius.

In 2004, after thirty years in the professional theater, I came back to Dartmouth to join the faculty and follow in my mentor’s footsteps. Rod had always made us keenly aware of theatrical tradition and of our shared obligation to train the next generation of aspiring theater artists.

Rod Alexander and his remarkable colleagues in those portraits inspired me with their passion for the theater, challenged me with their standards of artistic excellence, and gave me the skills to create a life in the vocation that I love. For that, I will be forever grateful.

Jan 292012
 

With Dartmouth’s financial aid deadline fast approaching (applications are due February 1st), join us for a special Dartmouth Direct Live! show at 8pm EST on Tuesday, January 31st for everything you need to know about financial aid. Senior Assistant Director of Admissions John Beck will be joined in the studio by Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid Christen O’Connor. No webcam needed. Sit back and watch or participate by asking us questions and we’ll do our best to answer them, Live!

Jan 092012
 

Update: Recording of live show posted below

January 1st is now safely in the review mirror, but we know you haven’t quite stopped thinking about your applications. While the anxiety over application essays and standardized testing has passed, you might still have a number of questions about what to do from now until when decisions are released at the end of March. Join us tomorrow, 1/10, at 8pm EST for a Dartmouth Direct Live! chat with updates from the admissions office and answers to frequently asked questions. Admissions intern Thandar Aung ’12 will be joined in the studio by Senior Assistant Director of Admissions John Beck ’09. Additional admissions officers will be available in the text that. No webcam needed. Sit back and watch or participate by asking us questions and we’ll do our best to answer them, Live!

Dec 192011
 

Update: Recording of live show posted below

With the January 1st Regular Decision deadline rapidly approaching, why not view this 2011 recording of Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris and Director of Admissions Recruitment Dan Parish Tuesday chatting about last minute application tips. The show was originally hosted in December 2011 for Dartmouth Direct Live!

Dec 122011
 

Join Pre-Health Advising coordinator Dr. Lee Witters and Assistant Director of Admissions Justine Modica at 8pm EST tomorrow (Tuesday) night to hear how Dartmouth helps prepare students for careers in the health professions. No webcam needed. Sit back and watch or participate by asking us questions and we’ll do our best to answer them, Live!