Dartmouth College

The Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, founded Dartmouth College in 1769. He had earlier established Moor's Charity School in Lebanon, Connecticut, principally for the education of Native Americans.

In seeking to expand his school into a college, Wheelock relocated his educational enterprise to Hanover, in the Royal Province of New Hampshire. The move from Connecticut followed a lengthy and sometimes frustrating effort to find resources and secure a charter. Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and one of Wheelock's first students, was instrumental in raising substantial funds for the College.

The Royal Governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth, provided the land upon which Dartmouth would be built and on December 13, 1769, conveyed the charter from King George III establishing the College. That charter created a college "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land ... and also of English Youth and any others." Named for William Legge, the Second Earl of Dartmouth — an important supporter of Eleazar Wheelock's efforts — Dartmouth is th... [ Read All ]


United States

NH 03755 USA
Phone: (603) 646 2285
Website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/

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Our Aims

Dartmouth College combines the best features of an undergraduate liberal arts college with the intellectual vitality of a research university. Founded as an undergraduate institution more than two centuries ago, Dartmouth offers excellent graduate programs within the Arts and Sciences and in business, engineering, and medicine. The professional schools, among the first established in their respective fields, have had a historic role in defining the school's intellectual values. Dartmouth encourages a love of learning and discovery in every member of its community. It celebrates the diversity of that community, which includes men and women from different backgrounds, abilities, economic circumstances, perspectives, races, religions, national origins, and sexual orientations.

Dartmouth has a special character and is committed to fostering the unique bonds that exist between the institution and those who learn, teach, and work here. This character is rooted in the following essential elements:

A devotion to a vital learning environment that relies on a faculty dedicated to outstanding teaching and scholarship; a talented and inte...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there

Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, a town of 11,000 in western New Hampshire bordering Vermont on the Connecticut River. Dartmouth's local region is known as the "Upper Valley," consisting of 46 towns straddling the Connecticut River roughly from Bradford, Vt., to the north and Claremont, N.H., to the south.


Department and information about the department

Studio Art courses at Dartmouth offer students a serious and sustained exploration of the creative processes in visual art. Technical, perceptual and aesthetic issues are addressed in a historical context. Classes are structured so students experience the creative process through a direct and dynamic engagement with visual media. Interdisciplinary investigations between studio areas and other departments are encouraged. Pedagogy is broad,with equal emphasis on representation and abstraction. Students are expected to develop the discipline, focus and commitment necessary to achieve excellence.


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Information For  Undergraduates

The Studio Art major consists of 12 courses. The Department offers courses in architecture, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Drawing I is prerequisite to all courses in architecture, painting, photography, printmaking, and to upper level drawing and sculpture courses. Since class size is limited and enrollments are heavy, Drawing I should be completed as early as possible.


Information For  Postgraduates

The Honors Program consists of a two-term course of study, completed in the class context of Senior Seminar I and II.

To be eligible for the Honors Program, a student must have achieved by the end of junior year a 3.0 general college average and a 3.4 average in all Studio Art Major courses.

At least two terms of drawing are required prior to entrance into the Honors Program, and at least three terms of an area of study in drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture (e.g., Sculpture I, Sculpture II, and Sculpture III) must be completed prior to entrance into the Honors Program.

In addition, students must submit a typed proposal outlining their Honors project, together with a minimum of 10 pieces of their work.

All Studio Art junior majors will be notified in writing of the deadlines for submission of this proposal.


Information For  International Students

Dartmouth's International Office offers a full range of services and programs. Our primary mission is to assist over 1,050 international students, faculty, and scholars who study and work at the College. The International Office provides the visa support necessary for our non-immigrant international population to join the Dartmouth community. We also assist internationals in maintaining their legal non-immigrant status once enrolled or working at the College.




Student Facilities

The Hopkins Center serves as the focal point for the arts in northern New England and offers extra-curricular activities for all students, as well as a broad range of performances and accompanying discussions. The Hop also houses Design Workshops which offer instruction in ceramics, jewelry, framing, and general woodworking.

Drawing, Photography, and Printmaking studios are located in the Hopkins Center. Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture are in nearby Clement Hall.

After the 1998 completion of a two-year renovation plan, all areas have spacious, well-venitlated studios which can be used at all hours by students enrolled in courses.


Student Support

Student support at Dartmouth consists of a system of resources including deans, advisers, tutors, counselors, and others.


Student Life

At Dartmouth, what students learn outside the classroom is often as meaningful as what they learn inside. Where students live, where they eat, what organizations they join, what activities they participate in, what sports they play, even where they hang out with other students determine the overall quality of their Dartmouth experience. From residence halls to sports fields, Dartmouth has as many social spaces and programs as it does academic ones.



More than 90 percent of Dartmouth undergraduates live in College housing, whether it's a residence hall, College-approved co-ed, fraternity, or sorority house, or undergraduate society. There are currently nine residential communities on campus each with one to three specialized "clusters," such as the East Wheelock cluster, where students interact with faculty, visiting artists and academics within their cluster and plan informal events to bring cluster residents together socially. The opening of the new McLaughlin Cluster and Tuck Mall Residence Halls in fall 2006 adds 500 additional residence hall rooms to existing residential space. Graduate housing is also available, in the North Park Graduate Housing complex, at the Tuck School of Business, and at Sachem Village in nearby West Lebanon for graduate students with families.


How To Apply

Dartmouth incorporates an individual, holistic approach to the reading of applications. In reading files from an applicant, we thoughtfully consider the achievements of an applicant with respect to the opportunities available in his or her environment.


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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755 USA
Voice: (603) 646-1110
Email: contact@dartmouth.edu