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The D-Plan: What it is and how it works

The D-Plan refers simply to a student’s enrollment pattern – which term(s) s/he will be on campus, which term(s) s/he will be doing an off-campus program (i.e., registered for classes but not in Hanover), and which term(s) will be off.

A student is required to be on campus fall, winter, and spring of the first year, their sophomore summer, and fall, winter and spring of their senior year.  Typically a student will be “off” (i.e., not registered) for one term during their sophomore or junior year.  A student may also be off-campus but registered, either participating in one of Dartmouth’s LSAs or FSPs, or doing one of the 12-College Exchanges.

First-year students must register a plan with the Registrar’s office in the spring of the first year (April 11, 2014 for '17s).  D-Plans can be changed as a student’s plans change, though a student is strongly encouraged to register changes two terms in advance of when those changes would come into effect. Students do not always get their first choice because of space constraints on campus (particularly winter term), and thus students are asked to submit first, second, and third choices.

A typical residence pattern may look like the following:

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

First Year

On Campus

On Campus

On Campus

 Leave

Sophomore

LSA/FSP

On Campus

On Campus

On Campus

Junior

Off (Internship)

On Campus

On Campus

 Leave

Senior

On Campus

On Campus

On Campus

 

The “off-term” represents one of Dartmouth’s unique opportunities, and students should be encouraged to begin thinking about how they might make use of it during their first year.  They should be encouraged to use Career Services to explore some of the thousands of internships available to them.  They may be unaware that various offices here at Dartmouth also sponsor internships and offer competitive grants to support students during their off terms, including the office of the Dean of Faculty, the Dickey Center, the Ethics Institute, Outdoor Programs, the Rockefeller Center, and the Tucker Foundation.  For a list of these opportunities, see http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ugar/undergrad/other.html.

During advising sessions (especially during the winter term), students should be invited to think about when they want to be off campus, and what they might want to do during that time.  Advisors should discuss this explicitly with their advisees during the winter term meeting in advance of spring course election.

Last Updated: 2/10/14