Academics may be the foremost reason you attend Dartmouth, but the entire Dartmouth experience is composed of so much more. Extracurricular activities abound on campus; from musical groups to sports options, students have a fantastic array of opportunities available year round.
Choose an organization, a club, a council, or committee that interests you, that you have a passion for, or that you think you may contribute to and gain from, but be aware that this is a commitment—one that you take on wholeheartedly, for fun, for personal improvement, and for all those in the community you join.
Most organizations are members of the Council on Student Organizations. An updated list of organizations can be found at here.
Student organizations find their home in Collis, housing the Student Activities Office, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, and much more. This means students from numerous backgrounds, International, Native American, Asian Pacific American, Latino Latina and Hispanic, African American, and Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual Queer Questioning and Ally, may find advisors housed in Collis. Additionally, in Collis is located the Academic Skills center where students may turn when in need of help with a class, looking for a tutor, or hoping to become a tutor. With so many options housed in Collis, visit those offices and advisors that interest you; students are always welcomed just to say hello, ask a question, or make suggestions.
There are many other options made possible through Collis. The Student Activities Office manages the hundreds of different college organizations. On top of this, they manage the performances at Lone Pine Tavern, where all students may audition to perform solo or with their band. FUEL is another location sponsored by the Student Activities Office. Organizations or individuals may choose to reserve FUEL for a dance, for a party, or just about any other use. One very important organization is the Programming Board, which serves the campus with loads of money to create events for all those interested. Beyond these common Collis locales are 8 Ball Hall, Collis’ free pool hall downstairs. Students may also take advantage of the TV Lounge by just relaxing while watching satellite TV. Collis can be described as the center of campus organizations, so be sure to check out all it has to offer. Organizations often use Collis for everything from meetings to performances; so don’t be afraid to ask the InfoDesk staff or the Collis managers for help. Collis also oversees Robinson Hall (Robo) where student organizations may rent office space and maintain a central headquarters on campus. With so many possibilities, how could you possibly not find your passion?
Beyond simple organizations and clubs, Student Activities sponsors classes for students that teach things like massage, photography, and wine tasting (for those of age). These offerings are expansive and help students learn things that normal classes or PE credits don’t cover. There’s something for everyone, but some classes do require a minor fee and you’ll want to be sure to sign up early.
The voice of the students on campus is amplified through the Student Assembly, which meets once a week to discuss and solve problems on campus. It provides the perfect opportunity for students to make a difference in Dartmouth life, Members must join a committee, which should be something you care about and are interested in. SA takes charge in many situations and has served the student body by providing public blitz terminals and professor and course evaluations. Like all organizations, there are opportunities within SA for everyone—be sure to have your voice heard, and even if you don’t actually serve on the council, still vote and express yourself.
Running around a massive bonfire for fun? The Class of 2011 will run around the fire 111 times—an experience that brings together all ‘11s. This important Dartmouth tradition is kept up by your Class Council. Class Council is an opportunity to contribute to your class by bring your class together, making new friends, planning activities, or just raising issue awareness. In short, Class Council has something for everyone, and is an exciting counterpoint to Student Assembly.
Rocky, as most students call it, brings together students of all backgrounds and persuasions to forums that discuss and assess our world, the political, historical, cultural, and more. What’s best is that there’s always FREE FOOD! Don’t miss the wonderful chance for the supplemental meal plan Rocky offers. Enjoy some guest speakers, and be sure not to miss out on all the New Hampshire primary excitement.
First-Year Forums (FYF)
Limited to First Year students, FYF members talk about current political topics, debating everything from campus to global issues. Those with an interest in politics, no matter how big or small have the perfect chance to meet Rockefeller professors, and share some experiences with them.
Similar to FYF, AGORA covers similar topics, but is open to all students. Student moderators lead the discussion and debate over issues like the recent Supreme Court decision on the Michigan case or environmental policy.
Daniel Webster Legal Societ
Interested in law or public policy? Those in DWLS enjoy lectures and programs on the topic of law and public policy over meals from Lou’s or other great Hanover restaurants. Distinguished alumni, faculty, and other guest speakers are a fixture of DWLS’s informal weekly meetings.
Parliamentary Debate Team (Parli)
Perfect for students who love to debate! With our without experience in high school, students can hone their theatrics talent and improve upon other skills like persuasion, articulation, and agile thinking. The two-on-two format is a competitive style, debating other teams from Columbia to Williams.
Religious and Spiritual Life
Dartmouth College seeks to provide for people of all faiths. There are numerous off campus ministries throughout the Upper Valley surrounding Hanover. Tucker Foundation provides a picnic during orientation, this year on September 22nd at 5pm outside Rollins Chapel, where all students can meet and talk with representatives of the many religious groups on and off campus.
As the Catholic Student organization on campus, Aquinas House provides many opportunities to its members, whether for worship or fellowship. Alternative Spring Breaks allow students to volunteer around the country or beyond and daily prayer is available for students. Offering its own library and study space, Aquinas House is perfect for those Catholic students interested in connecting with others of their shared faith.
Serving Jewish students and anyone interested in Judaism, Hillel is housed in the Roth Center For Jewish Life, where many of its programs take place. With numerous events each week, Hillel offers cooking classes, guest performances (like David Broza who performed in Rollins Chapel), Shabbat services and dinner, bagel brunches, finals study breaks, religious education, and even opportunities abroad. Hillel is open to everyone, no matter how devout, or lack thereof—come when you want to whichever events interest you. Also, for students looking for Kosher dining, Hillel, along with the help of other organizations at the college, has made possible the Pavilion, located at the back of Thayer.
The Muslim Students Association on campus seeks to meet the needs of Muslim students and faculty on campus, promote awareness, and provide a means for the community to come together and learn about Islam and other groups. As a religious group, Al-Nur has Friday prayers, halal dining in the Pavilion, and sponsors several events each term, including opportunities for discussion about Islam in today’s world.
As interdenominational organization offering small Bible Study groups, retreats, conferences, and other programming like missions and outdoor experiences, members find comfort in the prayer and fellowship that Christian Impact.
Another interdenominational Christian organization on campus that believes in helping people by promoting the teachings of Jesus Christ. With large weekly group meetings for prayer and instruction, Navigators plan events like smaller Bible Study sessions, local retreats, and guest speakers.
Although consisting of a small group of students, the Quaker Fellowship is open to all students who share an interest in peace and love. There are no expected beliefs, but rather this fellowship discusses what being Quaker means to each individual, whether spiritually or religiously—it is a wonderfully personal opportunity to explore and enjoy meals together with friends and guests.
Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC)
The DOC, the oldest and largest college outing club in the country, covers numerous organizations each with specific purposes. Find out which organization suits your interests in the wonder and beauty of the outdoors, in Hanover and around the globe. A list of their clubs is available here.
The D is the nation’s oldest college newspaper dating back to 1799. Published daily, the D covers news at the campus, local, state and national levels. Many first-years choose to become involved with the D, no matter their previous experience. Check it out, whether you just want to find some news, or you really love to write.
The Dartmouth Review
This conservative, independent newspaper, which is not recognized by the college, is often a topic of conversation around campus for its controversial articles.
The Dartmouth Free Press
Writing to a more liberal audience, this paper provides another perspective on topics, often opposite that of the Review. As with any news, it is always important to read from multiple sources, just like the Free Press offers.
The one and only Dartmouth humor magazine was founded by Dartmouth’s Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss. Published quarterly, it never fails to bring a laugh.
Dartmouth’s yearbook serves to remind students of all those things that make Dartmouth our college. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful—our Dartmouth.
The Hopkins Center (Hop)
The doorway to the arts at Dartmouth, the Hop was designed by the same architect as the Lincoln Center, and serves all of the Upper Valley. The facility encompasses several larger performance spaces, including Moore and Bentley Theatres and Spaulding Auditorium, which hold almost daily performances from well-known performers like Odetta or Itzhak Perlman, or world-famous dance troupes or music groups. Everything from the blues, hip-hop, jazz, classical, country, and more can be found at the Hop—just keep an eye out for what you enjoy. Tickets are available the Hop Box Office right by Courtyard Café in the Hop. With discount student rates, you will rarely pay more than $5 to see the best show in town. The Hop houses numerous student musical and acting groups along with much of the Drama, Music, and Studio Art Departments. It also includes the scene shop, Claflin Jewelry Studio, the woodshop (Dartmouth’s pottery shop is located across the river in Vermont), Paddock Music Library, Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Art Galleries, and more. The Hop houses rehearsal space with practice rooms with upright and grand pianos, and Faulkner Auditorium for intimate guest performances and presentations. With so many options available at the Hop, be sure to check out those that interest you most.
The Hood Museum of Art
Right next door to the Hop is the Hood, housing Dartmouth’s very own art museum with touring and permanent exhibits. It’s also free! For those arts students interested, with special permission, the Hood's entire collection is at your disposal for study.