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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

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 drop-in hours during the spring term as follows:

Black Student Advising with Dean Kari Cooke

  • Wednesdays from 3.30pm - 5.00pm at 6 Choate Road (in between Little and Brown in the Choates residences)
  • Fridays from 10.00am - 12.00pm at 6 Choate Road

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 Patty Mendoza

  • Wednesdays from 10.00am - 12.00pm in Collis 205C
  • Thursdays from 3.30pm - 5.00pm in Collis 205C

International Student Advising with Dean Danielle Hussey

  • Wednesdays from 2.00pm - 4.00pm in the Global Village office in Goldstein Hall (adjacent to Occom Commons)
  • Fridays from 10.00am - 12.00pm in Collis 205F

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

  • Tuesdays from 3.00pm - 5.00pm in Collis 205B

First Generation and Low Income Advising with Dean Rachel Edens

  • Wednesdays - Lunch at '53 Commons, Noon - 1pm
  • Fridays from 1.00pm - 4.00pm at 6 Choate Road

Last Updated: 4/21/17