The smallest school in the Ivy League, Dartmouth places a special emphasis on undergraduate pedagogy. You won’t see teaching assistants leading much classroom instruction, as they do at many large schools; at Dartmouth, professors teach all classes.
Dartmouth operates on an unusual year-round quarter system, giving students flexibility to arrange, say, a winter internship yet still graduate on time. Partly as a result, 88% of Dartmouth freshmen finish in four years, one of the highest rates in the country. (Overall, a very high 96% finish within six years.) Grads perform well in the job market, earning on average 18% more than the average reported by graduates of similar institutions.
About 60% of students participate in one of Dartmouth’s Greek organizations, which supposedly inspired National Lampoon’s “Animal House.” In a more wholesome vein, the Dartmouth Outing Club, the oldest and largest such club in the country, gives students the chance to explore New England via skiing, climbing, fishing and hiking trips.