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D-Plan Planning (Your Enrollment Pattern) for the Class of 2021

Greetings, members of the Class of 2021!

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 12, 2018.

  • Exception: International students on an F-1 Visa do not have to file a D-Plan by April 12, 2018. They will receive a D-Plan with an "L" (Leave term) for every summer, but can change their D-Plan once the Registrar’s office allows changes to be requested.


Important D-Plan Planning Documents

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

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

Watch for upcoming emails designed to support your D-Plan planning process, and contact your Undergraduate Dean for advising as you explore and clarify your goals.

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.
  • 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
  • Courses that are only offered in specific terms
  • Off-campus programs of interest
  • Internships or research opportunities
  • International students on F1 or J1 visas should visit the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) website.
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Preferred spacing of vacations
  • Family resources
  • Students typically graduate in twelve terms.

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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 both your first year and 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/Catalog for information regarding Enrollment Patterns (D-Plans) including the "sophomore summer" requirement.

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O = “Off-Campus Program”

[Dartmouth Off-Campus, credit-carrying programs (LSA, LSA+, DSP, FSP)].

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

  • Once students have completed their first-year requirements, they may participate in a Dartmouth-sponsored Off-Campus Program in the United States or abroad and earn a term of academic credit.
  • The application deadline for all 2018-2019 OFF-CAMPUS programs is February 1, 2018.
  • 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 Guarini Institute 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, Morocco, Peru, Russia or Spain.

Questions about prerequisites and application may be directed to The Guarini Institute at 44 North College Street or 603.646.1202. Or e-mail them at

Great information can be found on their website at

Domestic or Foreign Study Programs (DSP or FSP)

There are varied opportunities for supervised study in academic disciplines in the United States or 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 Guarini Institute 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 explore a career, gain skills and experience, and help position you well for a full-time job.

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)

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) prepares students for postgraduate success through individual advising appointments, employer events, and workshops focused on skill/competency development and life skills. CPD offers resume and cover letter reviews, interview coaching, internship listings, a robust recruiting program, networking opportunities/resources, and more. Log in to DartBoard now to create your profile and:

  • View and register for upcoming workshops and events;
  • Join our PDA (Professional Development Accelerator);
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor;
  • Use our resource library (which contains resume, interview, and networking guides; resume templates; and more);
  • Apply for internship postings and view recruiting program opportunities.

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Campus or Work Study Jobs (Student Employment)

In addition to during “R” terms (in residence), Student Employment and 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. Search Jobnet each term to see what positions are available and how to apply. Contact Student Employment at 603.646.3641 with additional questions.

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More About Internships, as well as Student Research with Dartmouth Faculty (UGAR)

Many students opt to maximize their "leave terms" either by securing an internship off campus or by conducting 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 from the Office of the Registrar can be found at Enrollment: Transfer Terms (Non-Dartmouth Study Away) on the Registrar's webpage.
  • See your Undergraduate Dean about how your plans for Transfer Credit align with your academic goals and program. (Click here to find your Undergraduate Dean).
  • 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 Enrollment: Transfer Terms (Non-Dartmouth Study Away) for more information.

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A Sample D-Plan for the Class of 2021

(Bold and Green = Required Residence Term)

           Fall    Winter Spring Summer
2017-18 R (in Residence) R (in Residence) R (in Residence) L (Leave)
2018-19 R (in Residence) R ["O" = Off-Campus Program] R (in Residence) R (in Residence)
2019-20 L (Leave) R ["X" = Exchange] R (in Residence) L (Leave)
2020-21 R (in Residence) R (in Residence) R (in Residence)  

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Essential Resources for Planning

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Last Updated: 12/6/17