Dartmouth College

private university in Hanover, New Hampshire, US

Dartmouth College (pronounced /ˈdɑrtməθ/) is a private, coeducational university[7] in Hanover, New Hampshire. Incorporated as "Trustees of Dartmouth College,"[8][9] it is a member of the Ivy League and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution.[10] In addition to its undergraduate liberal arts program, Dartmouth has medical, engineering, and business schools, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. With a total enrollment of 5,848, Dartmouth is the smallest school in the Ivy League.[3]

Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Hall
MottoVox clamantis in deserto
Motto in English
The voice of one crying in the wilderness
EstablishedDecember 13, 1769
EndowmentUS $3.44 billion[1]
PresidentJames Edward Wright
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

43°42′12″N 72°17′18″W / 43.70333°N 72.28833°W / 43.70333; -72.28833
CampusRural town, 269 acres (1.1 km²)
ColorsDartmouth green      and white     
NicknameBig Green
AffiliationsUniversity of the Arctic
MascotIndian,[4] Keggy the Keg,[5] and Dartmouth Moose[6] (all unofficial)

The college was established in 1769 by Congregational minister Eleazar Wheelock who wanted to use the college to Christianize the Native Americans. In 2004, Booz Allen Hamilton selected Dartmouth College as a model of institutional endurance "whose record of endurance has had implications and benefits for all American organizations, both academic and commercial," citing Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward and Dartmouth's successful self-reinvention in the late 1800s.[11] Dartmouth alumni, from Daniel Webster to the many donors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, have been famously involved in their college.[12]

Dartmouth is on a rural 269-acre (1.1 km²) campus in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. Given the College's isolated location, participation in athletics and the school's Greek system is high.[13] Dartmouth's 34 varsity sports teams compete in the Ivy League conference of the NCAA Division I. Students are also well known for preserving a variety of strong campus traditions.[14][15][16][17]

In 2010 Dartmouth College joined the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) together with University of Tübingen (Germany), Durham University (UK), Queen’s University (Canada), University of Otago (New Zealand), University of Western Australia (Australia) and Uppsala University (Sweden).[18]


  1. Lahlou, Turia. "Endowment plunges $220 mil. in 3 months". The Dartmouth. Archived from the original on 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  2. "Common Data Set '06-'07" (PDF). Office of Institutional Research. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Total Enrollment - Fall" (PDF). Office of Institutional Research. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  4. Forbes, Allison (2003-04-15). "Mascot debate returns to agenda". The Dartmouth. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2007-01-29. The Assembly's Student Life Committee initiated discussions about the College's unofficial mascot, the Indian...
  5. Butler, Brent; Frances Cha (2004-02-16). "'Keggy' makes an awaited return". The Dartmouth. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2007-01-29. ...Keggy debuted last fall as the Big Green's unofficial mascot...
  6. Spradling, Jessica (2003-05-23). "Moose tops mascot survey". The Dartmouth. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2007-01-29. ...the moose has been an unofficial symbol of the College for a long time.
  7. "Dartmouth College: At a Glance". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  8. Trustees of Dartmouth College. "2005 Form 990" (PDF). GuideStar.org. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  9. "Trustees of Dartmouth College". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  10. "About Dartmouth: Facts". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  11. "Booz Allen Hamilton Lists the World's Most Enduring Institutions". Booz Allen Hamilton. 2004-12-16. Archived from the original on 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-08-23.; section on Dartmouth College footnoted to John R. Thelin, who also selected the University of Oxford for inclusion as a model of institutional endurance.
  12. Jaschik, Scott (2007-09-10). "Dartmouth Approves Controversial Board Changes". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  13. Webster, Katharine (2007-05-25). "Conservatives Gain Ground at Dartmouth: Dartmouth Alumni Elect Conservatives to Trustees Amid Struggle to Change College's Direction". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  14. Kennedy, Randy (1999-11-07). "A Frat Party Is:; a) Milk and Cookies; b) Beer Pong". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-23. ...at Dartmouth College a place where traditions die hard...
  15. "Hill Winds, Granite Brains, and Other Dartmouth Traditions". Summer 2007 Newsletter. Dartmouth Parents & Grandparents. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  16. "Our Mission". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  17. "Dartmouth: Forever New An address by President James Wright: On the Occasion of his Inauguration as the 16th President of Dartmouth College". Dartmouth News. 1998-09-23. Archived from the original on 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  18. Matariki Network Archived 2020-12-07 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-04-29.