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D-Plan Planning (Your Enrollment Pattern) for the Class of 2017


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Greetings, members of the Class of 2017!

It is time to begin thinking about how you will arrange your remaining terms at Dartmouth, as you prepare to file your enrollment pattern or D-Plan.

The information on this page and contained in the links below is designed to help you create your D-Plan. Keep in mind that the deadline for filing your D-Plan is April 11, 2014.

Important D-Plan Planning Documents (from December, 2013 email to Class of 2017)

PLEASE NOTE: Your DegreeWorks Degree Audit (in BannerStudent) will help you track progress towards completing degree requirements. 

For additional information about specific programs and major requirements, please review:

We wish you all the best!

Watch for upcoming Undergraduate Deans To Go events designed to support your process – all of these programs will provide opportunities to work on your D-Plans with an Undergraduate Dean:

  • Cool VIDEO CHATS hosted by the Undergraduate Deans Office and Pre-Health Advising! [December 9, 11, 17 and 19]
  • January 13, 2014 (4 – 7:30pm in Collis Commonground) = Off-Campus Program Fair (with Conversation Corners and Planning Presentations)
  • D-Plan clinics and workshops in your residence halls during Winter term. We'll keep you posted!

Step-by-Step: Planning Your D-Plan
(Or "How to Arrange Your Remaining Terms at Dartmouth")

Definition of a "D-Plan" = A Student’s Enrollment Pattern

Definition of a "D-Plan" = A Student’s Enrollment Pattern, to include:

      • Terms enrolled on campus
      • Term(s) enrolled off campus
      • Leave terms

Your D-Plan is an agreement with the College and confirmation of where you intend to be each term.

It is important that your enrollment pattern accurately reflect your current plans at least two terms in advance.

      • If your plans change due to declaring a new major or for some other academic reason, you may reconfigure your D-Plan in the Registrar’s Office.
      • All changes are subject to housing availability, and anticipated full occupancy in fall term may prevent you from changing from a Leave Term to a Residence Term.

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Details of D-Plan Submission

      • You will be asked to submit a first, second and third choice D-Plan containing either an "R" or an "L" for each term.
      • Each D-Plan you submit should be confined to twelve enrolled terms.
      • Many students receive their first choice D-Plan.
      • Please be advised that students requesting D-Plans with four on-campus/enrolled fall terms may be assigned their second or third choice D-Plan.
      • Each plan must include three leave terms.

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Factors to Consider When Exploring D-Plan Options

      • Intended major and/or minor
      • Off-campus programs of interest
      • Internships or research opportunities
      • Extracurricular activities
      • Preferred spacing of vacations
      • Family resources
      • Students typically graduate in twelve terms.
      • Students with advanced placement credits have the option of graduating in fewer than twelve terms. This requires very careful planning, especially for those in highly sequential science or pre-health programs.
      • Create a D-Plan that works for you and your College experience.

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R = “In Residence” [In Residence in Hanover, Taking Courses, or Studying for Dartmouth Credit on an Off-Campus or Exchange Program]

You are required to be "in residence" summer term following sophomore year* AND all three terms of your senior year (fall, winter, spring).

      • As you think about which other Residence terms to select, you will want to consider both academic and non-academic factors.
        • Students undecided on a major may wish to be in Residence throughout the sophomore year in order to explore the curriculum broadly and consult with faculty.
        • Students who have decided on a major may need to examine major requirements with a department or program advisor and design a Residence pattern ("R" terms) built around specific courses.
        • Some decisions may be driven by extra-curricular commitments or one’s taste in climate. For example, Dartmouth’s seasons (as you are learning) are highly variable and your fondness for winter sports or summer leisure may be of some importance!

When you submit your D-Plan choices in April, if you plan to take an “O” (Off-Campus Program) term and/or an “X” (Dartmouth Exchange Program) term, enter them as “R” terms. Once your “O” and “X” programs have been approved, the Registrar will update your D-Plan with those designations.

* See the ORC for information regarding the "sophomore summer" requirement.

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O = “Off-Campus Program” [Dartmouth Off-Campus, Credit-Carrying Programs (LSA, LSA+, FSP)]

The “Off-term” represents one of Dartmouth’s unique opportunities; during their first year, students should think about the possibilities for their off-terms.

      • Once students have completed their first-year requirements and three terms on campus, they may participate in a Dartmouth-sponsored Off-Campus Program in the United States or abroad and earn a term of academic credit.
      • Most application deadlines for 2014-2015 Off-Campus Programs are in February 2014!
      • If you qualify for financial aid, that aid can be applied to an Off-Campus Program.
      • Please be advised: you are limited to participating in three (3) Off-Campus Programs.
      • For more information, visit the Off-Campus Programs website.
Language Study Abroad (LSA) - or - Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+)

Participating in Language Study Abroad provides an opportunity to:

  • fulfill the language requirement
  • earn three credits
  • receive one or more credits toward the distributive and world culture requirements
  • all while studying in Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia or Spain.

Questions about prerequisites and application may be directed to Off-Campus Programs at 44 North College Street or 603.646.1202. Or e-mail them at

Great information can be found on their website at

Foreign Study Programs (FSP)
There are varied opportunities for supervised study in academic disciplines at foreign study centers.

Application is open to all undergraduates in good standing, regardless of major, who plan to complete the necessary prerequisite course(s).

Please go to the Off-Campus Programs website and click on the "Programs" tab at the top of the page to see a full list of available programs.

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X = “Exchange” [Academic Term on a Dartmouth Exchange Program]

Dartmouth offers special “Exchange Programs” at more than 20 institutions worldwide.

      • Please note that you may transfer a maximum of four Dartmouth equivalent credits, including any pre-matriculation transfer credits, during your Dartmouth career.
      • Please be advised: Exchange Credit requires prior approval from the Dartmouth academic department/program and the Registrar.
      • Please contact the following offices for more information:

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L = “Leave” [Away from Campus for Employment, Internship, Transfer Term, or Time Off]

On each of the three D-Plans you submit, you are required to take three leave terms. On one of your submitted D-Plans, ONE leave term must be in the FALL of either sophomore or junior year.

      • Please note: While Dartmouth does not give academic credit for internships, an internship during a leave term can help you gain skills and experience, and explore careers.
      • If you earned multiple credits at entrance, you have the option of using two or more leave terms back-to-back for in-depth career explorations through salaried employment or volunteer experiences. (Please be advised that most student loans require repayment to begin after specific periods of non-enrollment.)

When you submit your D-Plan choices, you will list a "T" term (Transfer) as an "L" term, as well as those terms on "Leave," when you are away from campus for employment, internship, or time off.

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Internships and Jobs - Center for Professional Development

Center for Professional Development offers resume and cover letter reviews, interview coaching, internship listings, networking resources, and more.

  • Drop-In Hours = Weekdays (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 63 South Main Street, 2nd floor, Bank of America building (next to the Nugget Movie Theater).
    • Extra Drop-In Hours = Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Carson Hall, Suite 125
  • For an appointment with a Career Advisor, call 603-646-2215.
  • Check out the Center for Professional Development's Facebook page ( and Blog (
  • Explore the Center for Professional Development's DartBoard ( for direct internship listings and links to other listing sites.
  • Begin looking for Summer 2014 internships now.
  • Center for Professional Development - Dare to be Different!

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Student Employment
Student Employment and Work-study: Leave term work-study opportunities are also available for eligible students interested in working for an on-campus employer or at a participating local community service agency during a leave term. Consult Student Employment at 603.646.3641 for more information.

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More About Internships, as well as Student Research with Dartmouth Faculty!

Many students opt to maximize their "leave terms" either by securing an internship off campus or by conducting research with Dartmouth faculty (on or off campus).

  • While many internships are paid, some are not.
    • There are several offices on campus that provide funding for unpaid internships.
    • In addition, there is funding available for students who engage in research with Dartmouth faculty.
    • Links to all of these Dartmouth funding sources are available at

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (in the Dean of Faculty office) is a terrific resource for information about student research with Dartmouth faculty.

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 T = “Transfer” [Transfer Credits from Another Institution]

It is possible to enroll in courses at another accredited four-year liberal arts institution for Dartmouth credit.

      • MUST READ information can be found at
      • See your Undergraduate Dean regarding the ways in which your plans for Transfer Credit align with your academic goals and program.
      • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Transfer Credit REQUIRES review and approval by a sub-committee of the Committee on Instruction, the Registrar, and the Departments/Programs accepting transfer of the courses.
      • Additional fees are assessed when applying to transfer credit back to Dartmouth after a transfer term (see for more information).

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A Sample D-Plan for the Class of 2017

(Bold and Green = Required Residence Term)

           Fall    Winter Spring Summer
2013-14 R (in Residence) R (in Residence) R (in Residence) L (Leave)
2014-15 R (in Residence) R ["O" = Off-Campus Program] R (in Residence) R (in Residence)
2015-16 L (Leave) R ["X" = Exchange] R (in Residence) L (Leave)
2016-17 R (in Residence) R (in Residence) R (in Residence)  

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Essential Resources for Planning

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Last Updated: 4/28/14