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Dartmouth College: The Big Green of the Ivy Leagues

Dartmouth College: The Big Green of the Ivy Leagues

By Alison Murr

Last week, on September 19th, students got the chance to talk with Laura Tapper, Senior Admissions Officer from Dartmouth College. The meeting took place on the first floor of the library, where students had the chance to listen to Tapper’s presentation and ask questions about Dartmouth.   

Tapper began the meeting by introducing herself and giving the group some basic information about Dartmouth. Founded in 1769 in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth, nicknamed “Big Green,” is a private Ivy League research university and the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. With an undergraduate enrollment of about 4,400 students, Dartmouth has the smallest student population of all the Ivy League schools. Of those 4,400 undergraduate students enrolled, the male to female ratio is nearly 50/50 and 48% are students of color or international students. Dartmouth’s high student to teacher ratio is about seven students per teacher, which allows for 64.5% of all classes to have fewer than 20 students.

Tapper also discussed the opportunities Dartmouth has on campus and nearby for its students, emphasizing Dartmouth’s active student body. Spanning 269 acres of land, Dartmouth has its own skiway, located only 20 minutes north of the campus. Students can hike along the Appalachian Trail, swim, canoe, and/or kayakin the Connecticut River. In addition, Dartmouth has 350 different clubs and organizations, as well as 35 NCAA Division 1 teams and 32 intercollegiate sports for students to take part in.

Although Dartmouth has a high tuition cost of about $70,000 a year, students who cannot afford the entire cost do not need to worry; nearly 50 percent of all students at Dartmouth receive some amount of aid. Last year alone, over $97 million in scholarships were given to students.

As the meeting came to a close, a student asked about what Dartmouth looks for in a student. Tapper told the group that the admissions team looks at SAT and ACT scores, but also highly values elements that cannot be quantified in a student. Dartmouth admissions officers like to hear each applicant’s personal voice in their admissions essay; they want to be able to read an essay and begin to picture who the applicant might be as a person. “There’s no wrong thing to write about,” said Tapper. Students who are interested in applying to Dartmouth can find more information at

  • Private

  • Size: about 4,400

  • Male to female ratio: almost 1:1

  • Teacher to student ratio: 7:1

  • Price: ~$70,000

  • Percent of Financial aid: 50%

  • Endowment: 4.95 billion

  • Located in Hanover, New Hampshire

  • Acceptance rate: 11%

  • Graduation rate: 95%

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