All classes at Dartmouth are taught by professors—collectively, they are one of the College’s winningest assets. Students consistently cite their profs as THE most outstanding part of their Dartmouth experience. Many profs are surprisingly easy to build relationships with that extend well beyond the confines of the ordinary classroom environment. Seek them out—they are warm, caring, sharing, and wise. Dartmouth also offers a diverse array of foreign and off-campus study opportunities. Thanks to the D-Plan, Dartmouth students have flexibility built into their schedules, allowing them to take advantage of all sorts of stupendous off-campus offerings. Students typically take three courses per term, which is ten weeks long and seems to pass by very quickly, so if you’re stuck with a course that you don’t like, you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Likewise, if you get stuck with a course that you really, really don’t like, you can always drop it or choose to “NRO” it. You’re never locked into anything, and most Dartmouth students do a fair bit of “shopping” around for the right course at the beginning of each term.
As would be expected of an institution of Dartmouth’s caliber, classes are challenging, professors are brilliant, and academic experiences are positive in most cases. “Work hard, play hard” is an oft-quoted and appropriate motto. While Dartmouth students do like to let loose on the weekends and remain surprisingly non-competitive when it comes to grades, most of them study more than they let on, particularly as finals draw near.