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Dartmouth #1 in first U.S. News ranking of 'Best Undergraduate Teaching'

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 08/21/09 • Media Contact: Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

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College commended for its commitment to teaching students

US News logoU.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2010" rankings released August 20 included a new feature, a category called "Best Undergraduate Teaching" -- with Dartmouth College #1 in that category among national universities.

Introducing this new ranking category, the magazine explained, "Many colleges have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates over graduate-level research. The schools on these lists are noted by college administrators as paying a particular focus on undergraduate teaching."

The entry on Dartmouth notes, "Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of higher learning in the United States. A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth has a long history of dedication to the highest educational ideals. With its world-class faculty and facilities, and nationally and internationally renowned graduate programs in engineering, business, medicine and the arts & sciences, the school has resources that very few universities can match. In addition, by maintaining a highly flexible quarter-system calendar, and allowing only faculty to teach its undergraduate courses, Dartmouth assures that students have complete and timely access to all that the institution has to offer. Faculty: The professors at Dartmouth are among the leaders in their fields, yet they remain fully committed to teaching. Even the most senior professors teach first-year courses. Recipients of more than $160 million in annual research grants and consistently ranked among the most respected teachers in American higher education, Dartmouth professors are true exemplars of the phrase teacher-scholar. Through course-related discussions, research collaborations, and casual conversation, students get to know their professors as instructors, mentors, colleagues, and friends. Undergraduate Students: Dartmouth students come from all 50 states and more than 84 countries. The population is divided evenly between men and women. More than a third of students identify themselves as students of color (32%) or non-US citizens (7%). Almost half of the students receive some form of need-based financial assistance to cover the cost of their education. Dartmouth disburses more than $70 million in need-based scholarships each year."

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, who on July 1 became the 17th President of Dartmouth, said,"I am particularly pleased to see that in its first ranking of 'Strong Commitment to Teaching', U.S. News and World Report has ranked Dartmouth first -- a most appropriate ranking, considering the longstanding dedication of our faculty to providing the very best in teaching. That commitment includes leadership in helping create and share new knowledge, which at Dartmouth means getting undergraduates involved in faculty research work as well as providing top-quality classroom instruction."

In the magazine's overall rankings, Dartmouth placed #11 among the best national universities.

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