First Year Students & Families

Welcome, First Year Students & Families! Your Dartmouth ID Card is an essential component to the College living and learning environment. Students will need to carry it with them at all times. It is necessary for access to residence halls, academic and social facilities, and campus events. It serves as your library and dining card, and provides various accounts to handle most of your financial transactions on campus.

Obtaining Your Dartmouth Student ID Card

Your Dartmouth ID Card will be issued to you upon your arrival. To receive your ID card, stop by Campus Billing and DartCard Services, located on the main level of McNutt Hall in room 103.

You must bring another form of picture ID with you.

If you are participating in a Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trip, you can get your card before or after your excursion. If you are not participating in a First-Year Trip, you can get your card upon arriving for either your Pre-Orientation program (if appropriate) or New Student Orientation.

Please make sure to plan when you will get your card, since the DartCard Office is closed on weekends and evenings. Office hours are Monday through Friday: 8:00AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 4:30PM.

Learn how to submit a photo for your ID Card.

ID Card Financial Accounts

DASH Discretionary

This account is available for every student at Dartmouth. It is prepared on the system with a zero balance, and is intended to be pre-funded. Like a debit card, the balance will decline with each use. The account can be used for on-campus purchases such as laundry, vending, printing, event tickets, and computer supplies. It is available from the moment a student receives their ID card. It has a nominal overdraft protection limit where the account can acquire an owed balance up to negative $100.00 before it will stop accepting transactions. Students may use the account in the negative, but this practice is discouraged.

We invite students and their families to make a preliminary deposit to start out the Discretionary account. To do so, please see the resources section in this email, below. Continued deposits can be made at any time throughout the term/year. Any positive balance rolls over from term to term.

Dining Plan

Every undergraduate student is enrolled in a meal plan while studying at Dartmouth or living in Dartmouth housing. Your Dartmouth ID Card enables you to use your dining plan at the various on-campus dining facilities.

Entering first year students are pre-assigned to the Ivy Standard plan for New Student Orientation and through the Fall Term. Your meal plan becomes effective when you move into the residence hall upon arrival for your Pre-Orientation program (if appropriate) or New Student Orientation. The Orientation dining plan enables you to participate in all Special Catered Events throughout Orientation.

Please note, any questions regarding the dining plan should be directed to Dartmouth Dining Services. They can be contacted by email, or by phone at 603-646-2271.

DDS Charging

If the Dining Dollars portion of the undergraduate dining plan is exceeded, dining transactions can still be made using your Dartmouth ID Card through the DDS Charging account. Also, if dining transactions take place when the dining plan is not active, such as during interim or outside of an academic term, DDS charging ca still be used. This account also works at Collis Market, the on-campus convenience store, which does not accept the dining plans as a form of payment. The accumulated DDS Charging account balance is reset each month, and the balance at that time is applied to the student's College tuition bill.

Administrative Fees and Fines 

Fees and fines are charged to this account. College policies and deadlines must be followed—any time they are not, a fee or fine may be administered. If that happens, the resulting charge will appear on this account. Such fees/fines may include a lost ID card, lost library books, late check-in, late insurance waiver, parking violations, etc.

Resources

Students are able to maintain their ID card accounts through GET, a website service for cardholders to monitor transactions and view ID card account balances, as well as make deposits. Also, a helpful app is available for mobile devices—it's free to install!

Don't wait make your starting deposit. Use the 9-Digit Dash number provided with the salutation the greeting email from the Campus Billing and DartCard Services office to register with GET Funds and pre-fund your on-campus Discretionary account for purchases during the term/year.

Parents, guardians, or family members can make deposits to their student's ID card accounts through the guest deposit link.

We invite you to learn more about your Dartmouth ID card. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email if you have questions about the DartCard – we'd like to hear from you.

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