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Welcome to OPAL

Dartmouth believes that a 21st century liberal arts education integrates respect for, and understanding of, the unique and essential benefits of living, learning, and engaging in an inclusive global community.

OPAL's mission is to foster a Dartmouth where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to the creation of a socially just world.  OPAL provides academic and sociocultural advising, designs and facilitates educational programs, and serves as advocates for all students and communities. OPAL is for all students who want to get the most from their unique Dartmouth experience.

OPAL is a department of Student Academic Support Services within the Division of Student Affairs

We are pleased to announce that we are finishing our move into the Collis Center this summer!

Starting Monday, June 26th OPAL staff will be located on the second floor of Collis in Suite 211 (previously the Office of Greek Life) and down the corridor in rooms 213-216. We will retain our presence at our 6 Choate Road location with advising drop-in hours, meetings, and programs, in addition to opening up that space as OPAL's Multicultural Student Resource Center. Please stop by and visit us in our new location!

Welcome Class of 2021

Welcome to Dartmouth College! Consider this your personal invitation to learn more about what makes Dartmouth such a unique community of learners, and how OPAL supports all students. Connect with a specific community to explore an expect of your identity or get involved with some of our education and leadership initiatives to learn about diversity, inclusion, and leadership.

Black Student Advising  Tnternational Student Advising  Latinx Student Advising

Pan Asian Student Advising  Sexuality Women and Gender  Advising  Education Training and Leadership


As you're getting ready to come on campus, you'll begin to receive information from our office about how to connect with us. Sign up for our inter-community newsletter, preview some of the great programs during Dimensions of Dartmouth, mark your calendar for our Fall term community socials and explore our opportunities for mentoring and guidance once you arrive on campus.

There are many paths into OPAL and we hope you'll take this opportunity to explore how we can help you make the most of your undergraduate experience. We can't wait to see you on campus!

Sign up for our newsletter: Get the latest OPAL news about programs events and opportunities 

 Mentoring Programs: Connect with current students to learn grow and develop

Meet Our Staff: Your network of support for your time at Dartmouth

Advisor Drop-In Hours

OPAL Advisors will host summer drop-in hours as follows:


Pan Asian Student Advising  with Dean Shiella Cervantes
  • Thursdays from 3.00pm - 5.00pm in the Asian and Asian American LLC Lounge (Rauner 1)

Latinx Student Advising with Dean Renata Baptista

  • Thursdays from 12:00-2:30 p.m. in Collis 211c
  • Fridays from 3.30pm - 5.00pm in Collis 211c

International Student Advising with Dean Danielle Hussey

  • By appointment

Sexuality, Women, and Gender Advising with Dean Michelle Hector Kermond

  • Tuesdays from 3.00pm - 5.00pm in Collis 211f

First Generation and Low Income Advising with Dean Rachel Edens

  • Wednesdays - Lunch at '53 Commons, Noon - 1pm
  • Fridays from 1.00pm - 4.00pm at Collis 215

Last Updated: 8/14/17