Known as 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.
Dartmouth operates on an unusual, year-round quarter system (or D-plan) that gives students the flexibility to arrange, say, a winter internship and still graduate on time. According to Money’s calculations, Dartmouth has a 94% six-year graduation rate, and students go on to earn median salaries of about $95,500 in the first several years after college.
Greek life is rich on campus; about half of students participate in a fraternity, sorority or gender-inclusive chapter. In addition to the Dartmouth Outing Club, the oldest and largest such group in the country, the college organizes a freshman orientation program that gives incoming students the opportunity to explore the region's natural beauty by hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail and venturing further afield to Dartmouth's 27,000-acre wilderness expanse, a few hours north of the Hanover campus.
Among its notable alumni are several Hollywood names, including actress and producer Mindy Kaling, screenwriter David Benioff, screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, and actress Connie Britton.
Dartmouth College tuition and fees
Estimated cost and due date
Tuition and fees at Dartmouth College come to $77,890. You’ll also need to factor in room and board, books, and living expenses while enrolled.
The due date for Fall is August 28, 2023. However, it's always a good idea to check the university's official calendar and your student portal for any changes. Late payments may incur extra fees.
Feeling overwhelmed by the cost? That’s understandable – college can be expensive, but there are a variety of financial aid sources you can access, including student loans, grants, and scholarships. Here is a brief overview of the available options; for a more comprehensive step-by-step, read our How to Pay for College guide.
Exploring financial aid options at Dartmouth College
Scholarships and grants
The typical grant aid for undergraduates at Dartmouth College is $46,576, which is composed of awards from federal, state, local and college programs. A popular source of college aid is the federal Pell Grant, which is given to students with lower incomes. Approximately 17% of Dartmouth College students receive a Pell Grant. To be eligible for Pell Grants and other types of financial aid, you must fill out the FAFSA.
Most states have a program to assist students with college expenses. Generally, these awards are only available to those living in the state and attending a college there, but it is worth looking into the eligibility requirements of your home state. For example, New Hampshire residents are eligible for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Scholarships, as well as other programs.
University scholarships, aka institutional aid
Colleges usually provide two kinds of financial aid. Need-based aid is based on your financial situation, while merit-based aid encompasses all awards that are not based on financial need. Merit scholarships can be based on academic success, artistic ability, leadership skills and more. At Dartmouth College, 47% of first-year students receive a scholarship from the college, with an average amount of $53,418.
Don't forget to search for external scholarships too. There are many local organizations that provide scholarships to assist students with college costs; some have year-round deadlines so you can get funds after you've enrolled. Check out our guide on college grants and scholarships to find out more about the various types of gift aid.
Federal student loans
Federal student loans are the most common way to finance educational expenses. These are loans provided by the government and have relatively low-interest rates, as well as flexible repayment options.
Private student loans
Private student loans are an alternate choice. Banks and credit unions are some of the private lenders that offer them. They can be used to cover the costs not taken care of by federal loans, but they usually have higher interest rates and less flexible repayment plans.
How to pay tuition bills at Dartmouth College
If you are awarded a loan, grant or scholarship, the funds will usually be sent directly to the university. However, you will need to cover the remaining balance. You can pay your tuition fees online at https://home.dartmouth.edu/.
The data included in this page contains data published in university sites, government public records and other vetted sources as of June 23, 2023. Be advised to validate this information with the university registrar or financial office.
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