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Hanover and Environs

Dartmouth College is a private, liberal arts, co-educational college, with professional schools of business, engineering and medicine as well as a graduate school in the arts and sciences. The undergraduate college has an enrollment of about 4,000 and the graduate and professional schools enrollment is approximately 1,000. In addition to physics and astronomy, doctoral programs are offered in biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth science, mathematics, pharmacology/toxicology, physiology, and psychology. In addition, four masters degree programs are offered: electro-acoustic music, engineering, earth science and liberal studies.

Aerial view of Hanover, NH

Above: Aerial view of Hanover, NH and the Dartmouth Campus

Small map of New England

Dartmouth is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the heart of Connecticut River's Upper Valley, along the border separating New Hampshire from Vermont. Hanover offers an interesting combination of cosmopolitan activities in a rural atmosphere. The center for cultural activities on a year-round basis is Dartmouth's Hopkins Center. Concerts, dance, and theatrical productions by both local and national companies are presented on a regular basis. Several film series are offered each term, and a variety of art studios and workshops are available for student use. Both the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are nearby, and hiking and climbing are popular activities. The Appalachian Trail actually passes through the center of Hanover. The College Land Grants, located in the northern part of New Hampshire, offer excellent canoeing and backpacking opportunities. Several nearby lakes offer swimming and sailing, and the coastal beaches of Maine and New Hampshire are about 2-1/2 hours drive.

Skier Skiing, both alpine and cross-country, is a popular winter sport. Dartmouth has its own ski area (with discount rates for students), and the major Vermont and New Hampshire ski areas are only one or two hours away. On a more intellectual level, lectures by prominent political, social, and scientific individuals are often scheduled on the campus. Finally, when the urge to spend a day or two in large metropolitan area strikes, Boston, Montreal, and New York City may be reached by car in 2, 3, and 5 hours, respectively. Dartmouth is located near the intersection of Interstate Highways I-89 and I-91, and may be easily reached by car, and by Vermont Transit bus service from Boston, New York, and Montreal. Direct plane service is available from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia to Lebanon Airport, about five miles away. The Amtrak rail route connecting Washington, New York, and Montreal stops just over the Connecticut River in White River Junction, Vermont.