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Overall Score: 84.5

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 that gives students the flexibility to arrange, say, a winter internship and still graduate on time, something about 90% of freshmen do. Students go on to earn median salaries of about $91,000 in the first several years after college. 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 notable alumni are several Hollywood names, including actress and producer Mindy Kaling, screenwriter David Benioff, screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, and actress Connie Britton.


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% of students who get any grants
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% of students with need who get grants
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4.1 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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