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Please see the New Student Orientation web site for information about arrival.
FYI: First-Year Family Weekend takes place during the Spring term. Please visit www.dartmouth.edu/familyweekends/ for more information. Please note: there is no official parent/family weekend in the Fall term.
Please see the New Student Orientation web site for more information.
The first day of classes is Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
You will receive the "DOC First-Year Trips" mailing at the end of May.
You may email DOC Trips at DOC.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or call 603-646-3996.
Visit their web site for more information: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/firstyear/.
There are several different airport options:
Note: this is simply a list of available services taken from the yellow pages; none of these services are endorsed by Dartmouth College.
Dartmouth does not require a deposit.
Tuition bills can be viewed online in early August.
The Pre-Matriculation Checklist will have a link for enrollment in the online billing system. You will receive notice of how to access this checklist in late May.
For questions about bills, please contact:
For questions about Financial Aid awards, please contact:
Please see Health Service's website for incoming undergraduates: www.dartmouth.edu/~health/resources/incoming/undergraduate-requirement.html.
This website has all the information you will need about health and immunization requirements, including instructions for completing your online and paper Health Forms.
Please note: Dartmouth requires all students to be up-to-date on certain immunizations. Please print the Undergraduate Check List from the Health Service's website for specifics and make sure you are scheduling necessary medical appointments in time to be able to complete and submit your paper AND online Health Forms by June 30, 2015.
A physical exam is only required if you are going to be participating in NCAA Athletics or Rugby. You will find more information at the Health Service website: www.dartmouth.edu/~health/resources/incoming/undergraduate-requirement.html.
For additional questions with regard to immunizations, you can also call Health Service at 603-646-9404.
Make sure you visit Health Service's Frequently Asked Questions: www.dartmouth.edu/~health/docs/frequently_asked_questions.pdf.
Please see Health Service's website for incoming undergraduates: www.dartmouth.edu/~health/depts/insurance/index.html.
Health Service offers students:
Dartmouth is also fortunate to have the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) a short 3 miles from campus. Dick's House staff will be happy to work with you should you require any of the more specialized medical or psychological services that are available at DHMC.
Housing assignments and roommate information will be mailed out in late July.
If you aren't leaving until mid-June, you should get all of the most important information before you leave.
If you are leaving before then, you need to have your mail forwarded or call the Undergraduate Deans Office at (603-646-2243) with an alternate address for someone who can open your mail and take care of any applications that need to be completed by a certain date.
Some of the most important information we send will arrive via email. Make sure you have a plan for accessing email during the summer - and, again, be prepared to manage applications online or electronically.
Blitz is our communication and collaboration system. With this system you can email, text or video chat, share documents, and more. This system can be accessed via a web browser, Outlook 2010/2011/2013/2016 or Apple Mail.
You will often hear students say "I'll blitz you" – meaning they'll send you an email!
At some point in late May, Dartmouth will send an email to the email address we have on file for you giving you information about how to claim your Dartmouth account and access blitz.
Yes. Please check here for more information: www.dartmouth.edu/comp/soft-comp/computers/new-student/index.html.
Absolutely not, but there are some advantages to doing so. Visit this site to learn more: www.dartmouth.edu/comp/soft-comp/computers/new-student/ownership-faq.html#buy.
Yes. Please check here for more information: www.dartmouth.edu/comp/soft-comp/computers/hardware.html#incomingstudents.
First-year students are not allowed to have a car on campus or in Hanover. 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 or parent/guardian should call or e-mail the Undergraduate Deans Office with the request, reasons, and dates the vehicle is needed.
Your individual address here at Dartmouth will be sent to you in late July with your housing assignment.
Your Hinman mailbox will be located on the first floor of the Hopkins Center ("Hinman" is the name of our mail service).
Once you receive your new address, you should address packages to yourself in the following format:
XXXX Hinman (XXXX will be the actual number of the student Hinman Box)
Hanover NH 03755
Students wishing to send belongings in advance of their arrival may do so once they have received their Hinman Box assignment, and should address items to themselves, using the format above.
Shipment may be made by U.S. mail or by a shipping company such as Airborne, United Parcel Service, or Federal Express, so long as the shipment meets the companies' limits on the size and weight of packages that can be handled.
Freight shipments (by truck) will not be accepted.
Parcels and packages shipped to students are received at the Hinman Mail Center in the Hopkins Center for distribution.
Your Dartmouth Card is your official College ID, and allows you to access your Dining Meal Plan and your DA$H Discretionary account (Laundry, Vending, Tickets, Events), as well as provide door access to residence halls and facilities – and it's your library card, too!
You will pick-up your Dartmouth Card when you arrive on campus for New Student Orientation. Remember to bring a valid photo-ID, such as a driver's license or passport. Valid photo ID is required for all first-time Dartmouth ID cards.
Students can check their balances and add money online. For more information, please visit the Dartmouth Card Office, or call at 603-646-3724. The Dartmouth Card Office is located in the basement of the Class of 1953 Commons.
Visit the following web site for lots of great information on employment at Dartmouth: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~seo/student/find_job.html.
PLEASE NOTE: while you are welcome to begin applying anytime, the hiring timeline is at the discretion of the supervisors. Some supervisors are eager to fill their positions prior to the start of term and are flexible in their hours, while others prefer to select student employees after students have confirmed their class schedule for the term (which you'll do during New Student Orientation).
You won't be "too late" to find employment if you do it in the first few weeks of the term; in fact, the Student Employment Office hosts a campus Job Fair on the second day of classes, where students and employers can talk about their shared interests. Most fall term positions won't be posted in Jobnet (the web-based student employment listing for Dartmouth College) until later in the summer (probably one month before classes begin).
Feel free to contact the Student Employment Office directly with questions.
Yes. Students can either do their laundry in the residence halls or opt to use a laundry service.
These companies were chosen because they have branches on a bus route and have overall good coverage in the Hanover area. This is not an exhaustive list. Inclusion in the list does not imply endorsement by Dartmouth College.
|US Cellular||285 Plainfield Rd, West Lebanon, NH||(603) 298-7111|
|Verizon Wireless||267 Plainfield Rd, West Lebanon, NH||(603) 298-9900|
|Sprint||RadioShack, 2 Airport Rd, West Lebanon, NH||(603) 298-6650|
|AT&T||1 Airport Rd, West Lebanon, NH||(603) 276-3676|
These banks were chosen because they are within walking distance of campus. This is not an exhaustive list. Inclusion in the list does not imply endorsement by Dartmouth College.
|Ledyard National Bank||38 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH||Phone: (603) 643-2244|
|Citizens Bank||44 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH||Phone: (603) 640-1150|
|Mascoma Savings Bank||80 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH||Phone: (603) 643-1537|
|Lake Sunapee Bank||68 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH||Phone: (603) 643-3238|
|Bank of America||63 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH||Phone: (800) 432-1057|
Advance Transit is a free bus system that runs Monday - Friday and goes to all of the surrounding towns. You can view a schedule online at www.advancetransit.com.
For students over 18, four Zip Cars are available on campus. Click here to learn more about our Zip Cars.
Please see the Credits and Exemptions pages on the Registrar's web site for more information.
Yes! All first-year students are required to fulfill Dartmouth's first-year writing requirement. Through the first-year writing courses, the College offers entering students a valuable opportunity to develop the thinking, research, writing, and presentation abilities that characterize intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse.
Most first-year students take Writing 5 (or its two-term equivalent, Writing 2-3) and a First-Year Seminar to fulfill this writing requirement. As of Fall 2012, another way of fulfilling the first-year writing requirement is to take Humanities 1-2, a special interdisciplinary two-term course for first-year students offered only in fall and winter terms.
You will receive more information regarding the first-year writing requirement in June. More information about the first-year writing requirement can also be found on the website of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric: http://dartmouth.edu/writing-speech/curriculum/placement-and-enrollment-policies.
Learning at Dartmouth is specifically intended for first year students. It is offered during the first seven weeks of fall term. The sessions include study skills, stress management, time management, health and wellness, how to engage with the faculty, and an introduction to career services, your class deans, upperclass student advisers. Attend most of the sessions, you earn one PE credit (you need three to graduate).
Student Accessibility Services provides resources to students with disabilities. To learn more, visit their website at: www.dartmouth.edu/~accessibility/, email Student.Accessibility.Services@Dartmouth.edu, or call 603-646-9900.
Yes. All students are assigned a Faculty Advisor to work with them throughout their first year. Your Faculty Advisor will be able to help you pick your courses and understand academic life at Dartmouth. Once you have decided on a major in your fifth term, advisors in you area of study will be able to guide you through the rest of your Dartmouth career.
First-year students elect fall term courses during New Student Orientation.
Students do not need to declare their major until the end of their fifth term on campus (typically the middle of sophomore year).
The Academic Skills Center (ASC) provides individual appointments, workshops, and mini courses every term. The ASC website has lots of study skills information, links, and videos: www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/.
The Tutor Clearinghouse (a service of the Academic Skills Center) provides peer individual tutors and study groups for many introductory courses in the sciences and social sciences. To learn more and request a tutor, visit their website: www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/peertutoring.
Last Updated: 4/20/15