Dartmouth did not become Dartmouth by timidity, by complacency, or by an absence of ambition.
When they announced the Student Life Initiative in February of 1999, Dartmouth President James Wright and the Board of Trustees challenged the community to explore and develop new ideas for enhancing the social and residential experience at the College. They share a vision of a Dartmouth where excellence in the classroom is mirrored by the excellence of the social and residential experience. Five years later, the reality of this vision is reflected in new programs, spaces, staffing and plans.
At their March, 2004, meeting Dartmouth's Trustees reviewed plans for Maynard Street residential facilities and for the planned residence on Tuck Mall. Both projects are progressing toward anticipated groundbreakings during the 2004-05 academic year. Other facilities in the planning stages include the new intercollegiate soccer facility, a new fitness center and infrastructure upgrades to Michael Pool and Alumni Gym.
As Dartmouth moves confidently into the future, it will continue to be revitalized by the sense of energy and ambition that has marked the changes in student life over the past five years. Those enhancements will help the College achieve its goal of providing the best student experience and the best undergraduate education in the country.