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Student Life

Undergraduate Student Life

We must continue to advance our historic identity as a residential college providing a rich range of learning, social, and community service options within an environment that is inclusive and supportive. In 1999, we affirmed our commitment to the residential and social life of our students with the goal of ensuring that their out-of-classroom experience is fully as strong as their academic experience.

In April 2000, the Board of Trustees issued a statement outlining their goals in the area of student life. These included affirming the importance of inclusiveness, encouraging greater continuity in the residential experience, providing more social options; reducing the dominance of selective, residential, single-sex organizations; providing greater support for graduate students; and promoting more interaction between faculty and students.

Since April 2000, we have made significant progress in meeting the goals set by the Board. We have enhanced support for student social activities and created a pilot project to address gender relations that is jointly coordinated by the Women’s Resource Center and the Office of Residential Life. We established a new adjudication system for student organizations and Coed, Fraternity, and Sorority organizations are moving positively to meet higher standards and expectations. We are exploring ways to better coordinate our curricular and non-curricular resources that focus on the development of leadership skills for students.

We have attracted more juniors and seniors to serve as residential Undergraduate Advisors (UGAs) by increasing their responsibilities and making their compensation more competitive with other campus jobs, and we strengthened the support system available to our students by adding live-in professional staff in our campus residences. We have instituted a first-year residential program for a portion of the first-year class and made significant changes to our orientation program for all undergraduates. We have also implemented a "social norms" educational campaign to encourage those students who drink to do so in a more socially responsible manner. Along with others in the higher education community, we continue to seek imaginative ways to address abusive drinking and the associated behaviors that can disrupt the lives of roommates, friends, and neighbors. As a means of fostering increased faculty-student interaction, we have developed a variety of initiatives, including "book and author" luncheons featuring our faculty, the very successful "Take a Professor to Lunch" program at the Hanover Inn, and informal meals for faculty and staff associated with particular departments.

The Tucker Foundation and the Hopkins Center, along with academic departments, centers, and programs, are partners in these efforts. The Tucker Foundation has worked collaboratively with athletic teams, student organizations, and the residential system to strengthen student commitment to service. Tucker has worked actively to involve our students in the wider community and has succeeded in expanding our students’ commitment to service. The Tucker Foundation encourages our students to develop their capacity for moral and ethical leadership, to grow as people and to act on their potential to transform the world around them. The Hopkins Center has expanded opportunities for student participation in ensembles and workshops and has created new outreach efforts to increase student interaction with visiting artists and performers. The reduction in student ticket prices for events at the Hopkins Center has dramatically increased student attendance at the cultural events that help make the Hop a thriving center of student involvement.


  • We must provide more social alternatives for students and promote the civic values that have long underpinned the campus residential and social environment.

  • We must increase the number of meeting, activity, and event spaces available for students, including, in particular, the addition of more student-controlled spaces.

  • We must continue to develop and assess the first-year housing program and our orientation for new students.

  • We must implement the new standards for the Coed, Fraternity, and Sorority System and must continue to work with these organizations to integrate them fully into our residential system.

  • We must continue to increase the community’s awareness of the Tucker Foundation’s mission and programs as we seek to increase the number of students involved in this important area of the College. We must enable the Foundation to expand and develop its programs, both on and away from the campus.

  • We must encourage the involvement of the the Rockefeller Center, Dickey Center, Ethics Institute, Humanities Center, Hopkins Center, and the Hood Museum in the out-of-classroom experience of our students.

  • We must construct a cluster of residence halls north of Maynard Street to house approximately 500 undergraduate students. This facility will allow us to decompress other residence halls, improve the general quality of life for our students, and allow more students to live on campus.

  • We must provide a social and dining center adjacent to this residence hall that will include spaces for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • We must renovate Thayer Dining Hall to provide additional space for social activities and new dining options on the campus.


Dartmouth has a long and impressive history in athletics. The College offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs in intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational athletics, with nearly 1,000 students participating in 34 sports at the varsity or junior varsity level in NCAA Division I competition. One of the first institutions to be in full compliance with Title IX, our women’s teams have gone on to rank among the strongest among our peer institutions. More than three-quarters of our undergraduate students participate in physical education classes and an ever-changing array of recreation programs. In recent years, we have opened the Alexis Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion, the Scully-Fahey artificial turf field, the Blackman practice football fields, and the McLane Family ski lodge. We have also renovated the Leverone Field House and the golf course.


  • We must continue to enhance the intercollegiate, recreational, and outdoor programs for all students and to affirm our historic commitment to competitive intercollegiate programs.

  • We must renovate Alumni Gym to address problems with humidity resulting from the Karl Michael pool and add 5 squash courts that meet international standards.

  • We must construct a lighted soccer field that meets intercollegiate competitive standards.

Graduate Student Life

Graduate students come to Dartmouth from across the country and around the world. They normally range in age from the early twenties through to the mid-thirties, and they represent a variety of different family circumstances. But like our undergraduates, these students are attracted by the residential learning experience that Dartmouth can provide. The standard of housing for these students and the amenities available to them have varied widely in the College’s history. We have recently finished construction of Whittemore Hall at the Tuck School, which provides business students with first-rate living and learning facilities, and we are constructing new graduate student apartments along Park Street. But there is more to be done for graduate students in other areas of the College.


  • As we seek to attract the best graduate students we must provide competitive stipends.

  • To further enrich our students’ experience, we must continue to develop ways to more fully incorporate graduate students into the residential and social life of the College.

  • To address housing needs, we must undertake a major renovation and expansion of the Sachem Field apartments for graduate students with families.

  • We must provide social and meeting space for graduate students within the new social and dining center at the north end of campus.

  • We must consider the construction of a new residence hall at the Tuck School to enable the school to house more of the MBA students who would like to live on campus.

August 2002

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