There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Dartmouth College. Although it’s the smallest member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth is big on tradition. Considering the fall bonfires, winter snow sculptures, and spring Pow-Wow, the College’s 4,400 undergraduates have year-round opportunities to immerse themselves in Big Green culture. Among Dartmouth’s most signature features is the D-Plan academic calendar. Ten-week quarters allow students to focus on three courses per term while also giving students the flexibility to study abroad or pursue internships during terms spent off-campus during the year. As part of the D-Plan, all sophomores are required to stay on campus for “sophomore summer,” when they literally have full run of the campus and can take on leadership positions in every student organization available, from the daily newspaper to the outing club. Economics and government are the two most popular majors, but the engineering program is equally outstanding. All future engineers are exposed to hands-on coursework in their very first term, while they also benefit from enrolling in a wide range of liberal arts courses, too. Fun fact: famous Dartmouth alums include actress Mindy Kaling, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), and Kirsten Gillibrand – U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election.
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