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Rank: 95

Dartmouth College

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, giving students the flexibility to arrange, say, a winter internship and still graduate on time. Partly as a result, 96% of undergraduates finish within six years. Recent graduates report earnings of $68,900 in the years after college, according to PayScale. Greek life is rich on campus; about half of students participate in a fraternity or sorority. 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 better-known alumni are New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, and actor Connie Britton.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$75,000
% of students who get any grants
54%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$23,800
Average price for low-income students
$15,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
10%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1500/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
4,315
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
96%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$14,820
Average salary within 3 years
$68,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
50%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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