CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO THE DARTMOUTH FAMILY!
You are now and forever will be a ‘19.
Now that you know where you are going to college, you can relax and enjoy the rest of your senior year while the rest of your friends and classmates continue to stress about their futures. The pressure has been slightly reduced, but be sure to stay on top of your schoolwork and grades. The Admissions Office will still check those at the end of the year!
You might be wondering what you just got yourself into. This is an exciting (and possibly scary) time. Keep reading for some helpful information.
Here is a list of some important things to look out for:
- Financial aid package
If you applied for financial aid then you should have received this information along with your acceptance. Look it over!
‘19s Facebook group
You’ll be invited to join this group by the Admissions Interns. Use this to connect with your future classmates! Ask questions, get to know each other, maybe even coordinate a meet & greet with other ‘19s in your area.
The Computing Services office will send you information about setting up your blitz (AKA Dartmouth email account) information. This is how you will communicate with your new friends and professors, as well as learn about events on campus and clubs to join. This is very important to make sure to check your blitz account regularly after you’ve set it up.
First-Year Trips (AKA Trips)
First-Year Trips are put on by the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC). You’ll receive information in the mail about signing up for First-Year Trips! Check out the DOC’s website about Trips here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/firstyeartrips/
The Computer Store will contact you about purchasing a new computer for college. All Dartmouth students are required to own a computer on campus. You can include the cost of your computer in your financial aid package. If you already own a computer then you do not need to purchase one from Dartmouth. Additionally, you may get a computer elsewhere and bring it with you to college. If you order a computer through the College then you will pick it up when you arrive to campus in September. Checkout the Computer Store merchandise and information here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/comp/store/
Room assignment & roommates
The Office of Residential Life (ORL) will have you fill out a survey about your living habits and preferences. They use this to determine where you will live and who your roommates will be (if you have any). Your room and roommate assignments come out later in the summer.
Room & roommate assignments
Check your blitz this month to find out where you’ll be living and who (if anyone) you’ll be living with!
Beginning of Trips for some
Trips begin at the end of August for Varsity athletes and students from the Northeast.
Beginning of Trips for all
Everyone else will start their First-Year Trips, just before Orientation!
Orientation week starts just after Move-In Day. This is how you’ll get acquainted with your new home for the next 4 years, meet your classmates, and answer any questions you may have!
Start of classes
You’ll choose your courses during Orientation week, after you’ve met with your assigned academic advisor. Classes start in mid-September, one week after the beginning of Orientation. Make sure you’ve purchased your notebooks & pens! Many students purchase their books at Wheelock Books (2 W. Wheelock St, Hanover, NH 03755) or online.
So, now you’re a little more prepared for Dartmouth. Just remember: many of the other ‘19s are just as confused as you might be. And don’t be afraid to ask older students questions when you get to campus; they were lost once, too.
P.S. Dartmouth has a unique vocabulary. And we really liked acronyms. Check out the ‘Shmen Guide to learn the lingo before you get to campus: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~shmen/dartmouthlingo.html
Good luck & congratulations again!