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Parent, Guardian and Family Connections

Welcome to the Dartmouth College community. The purpose of this page is to acquaint you with things that are taking place on campus and to help you anticipate some of the experiences your son or daughter may have. The Undergraduate Deans Office web site exists primarily for students; however, we can also provide you with information to help you feel well-connected to your student while they are away from home.

While the Undergraduate Deans Office encourages students to take increasing responsibility for their Dartmouth experience, evidence tells us that students benefit from the continued support and involvement of their parents and guardians. That is why our office prioritizes partnerships with families and welcomes communication by letter, phone or email.

Reminder: First-Year Student Vehicle Policy

First-year students are not allowed to bring a privately owned motor vehicle to campus. This long-standing regulation applies to motorcycles and motorbikes as well and is strictly enforced. The only exceptions are for emergency, medical, or special family situations. In those instances, the student should contact the Undergraduate Deans Office with the request, reasons, and dates the vehicle is needed.

Class of 2018 - Letter from Senior Assistant Dean of Student Academic Support Services

Please take a moment to read this letter from our office. We look forward to communicating with you throughout the year!

What are some things I can do to support my student?

          • Talk to your student about any concerns you may have.
          • The Undergraduate Deans can serve as support as you navigate these conversations.
          • Utilize suggested resources as you talk with your student: access resources though our web site, or talk to an Undergraduate Dean.
          • One of the most common student mistakes is to wait until a problem or concern has progressed before seeking assistance.
            • As you become aware of challenges facing your student, encourage them to speak with their Undergraduate Dean as soon as possible.

What exactly does an Undergraduate Dean do?

          • provides academic, social and personal advising
          • serves as a resource for improving academic performance
          • provides information and explanation about the College and its procedures
          • provides support for students who have various kinds of concerns
          • provides encouragement and information for students pursuing various kinds of opportunities, on-campus and off-campus,
          • refers students to other College offices and resources, and
          • administrates academic regulations.

Your student can schedule individual appointments with their dean to consult about various academic, personal, and social issues, including:

          • selecting courses
          • identifying and structuring a major
          • planning for off-campus study
          • arranging for leave term opportunities
          • applying to graduate programs or for fellowships and grants
          • choosing a career
          • securing financial resources for off-campus opportunities
          • creating social/student organizations and programs
          • resolving personal and family encumbrances or hardships
          • maximizing the Dartmouth experience (academic and extracurricular).

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Last Updated: 8/21/14