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Dartmouth will offer fall-term admission to undergraduates at colleges and universities disrupted by Hurricane Katrina

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/02/05 • Contact Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

In response to the needs of college students whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina, Dartmouth President James Wright today announced a plan to offer temporary admission to academically qualified undergraduates from the colleges and universities whose operations have been affected. (see full text of statement by President James Wright)

"Because we are still three weeks away from the opening of our fall term on September 21, we hope this will be of particular help to students who need time to assess their options and take action but hope to continue their studies this fall," Wright said. "We know that residents and institutions of the areas the hurricane touched are coping with destruction and disruption of their lives beyond imagination.  This is one way Dartmouth can immediately help some people, and we will look for other ways as well."

The students will be admitted under a temporary expansion of Dartmouth's Special  Community Student Program, and no specific limit will be imposed on the number. The college will review the program on a term-by-term basis, and students will be expected to return to their home institutions once that is possible.

Dartmouth will waive the tuition for these students, but they will be admitted with the provision that they pay the regular tuition at their home institutions, in hopes that they will be able to use the funds to help rehabilitate their campuses and to help offset some of the impact on their employees.

Dartmouth will not offer housing on campus, but will reach out to the community to organize a volunteer effort to help any students admitted under this program to find housing within a reasonable distance of the College.

"There are many details of this arrangement yet to be worked out, but I am confident that we will soon be prepared to accept visiting students, and I look forward to welcoming them," Wright said. "We will work with affected institutions, higher education associations, the media, and members of the Dartmouth family to get this information out as widely and quickly as possible." 

Student inquiries about these arrangements may be directed to Julie Bell, Coordinator of Dartmouth's Special Community Student Program, at (603) 646-3098 or via email at Julie.Bell@Dartmouth.Edu.

Paul Danos, Dean of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, also announced today that the Tuck School will arrange for a limited number of special exchange students to be admitted to the second year of the MBA program.  Arrangements for students in Dartmouth's other graduate and professional programs are under consideration.

Wright said he has asked Dartmouth administrators to find ways to enable members of the Dartmouth community to offer direct help to the affected areas. 

"We will explore options to grant leave time to faculty and staff members who wish to join with various agencies to assist in hurricane relief efforts in the affected areas," he said.  "Student interest in participating in relief programs is being coordinated by the Tucker Foundation.  I expect more information on these programs to be available next week. Meanwhile, I encourage members of the Dartmouth community to participate in relief efforts already under way." 

An online list of links to the web pages of organizations conducting such efforts is available, which will give a continuing overview of Dartmouth's responses to the situation.

Wright also noted that Dartmouth is working to help its students, faculty, staff and alumni who have been directly or indirectly affected by the hurricane and its aftermath:

  • A number of current undergraduates or members of the incoming Class of 2009 are from the affected areas, and the College is working to make sure they know the institution can help them with a variety of needs they may have when they arrive back in Hanover for the fall term.
  • For alumni and others looking to provide or get information about members of the Dartmouth family who may have been in harm's way, the College has established a special "blog" (weblog).
  • There are counseling services available for members of the Dartmouth community who may feel a need for counseling. (for students, visit Counseling and Human Development; for faculty and staff , visit the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program)

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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