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Welcome to Your Sophomore Year

This year is the springboard for your academic career. For one, this is the year you choose your major. But more than that, many of the choices you make this year will shape the remainder of your academic experiences at Dartmouth: Will you write a thesis? Will you do an off-campus study program? How will you integrate your interest within your major with your electives? What kind of internships or industry-employment will your coursework allow?

Most students in the Class of 2020 have until April 4 to declare their major. Students may declare their initial major after the beginning of their fifth term in residence; for most students this will be in winter term of their sophomore year. The Class of 2020 will declare their majors using the Online Major Declaration process (single majors, double majors, modified majors, and minors). For Online Major System guides, visit The staff in the Registrar's Office and the Undergraduate Deans are available to assist with the major/minor declaration process and to answer any questions.

Communication from our office

The Undergraduate Deans Office recently mailed a copy of our guide, The Sophomore Year, to your Hinman Box (or other address if you are not on campus).

We created this guide to encourage you to be proactive about exploring options and opportunities, engaging with resources, and taking full advantage of the major decision process. We know you will find it very useful.


The Sophomore Year: Class of 2020

Topics you might want to discuss with your Undergraduate Dean


Career/After Dartmouth Opportunities (Center for Professional Development)


  • Continue to expand social circles
  • Strive to balance one's life
  • Explore your own personal balance and wellness
  • Continued exploration of extracurricular activities and opportunities
  • Out-of-classroom contact with professors

Other Opportunities


We encourage you to check out the following Dartmouth web sites for other helpful information:


Last Updated: 10/11/17