Residence Halls are often much more than merely a place to live. First-years often form their first group of friends at Dartmouth around the people who live in their building. Your UGAs can also be a source of invaluable advice as you navigate this new environment.
About half the first-year class will live in the Choates and River clusters, which are all first-year, while the rest of the class will live in the Russell Sage, McLaughlin, and East Wheelock Cluster.
The first thing to know about residence halls at Dartmouth is that there are a lot of them, many of which house only upperclassmen.
Finding food on campus is never hard to do. As mentioned earlier, beginning the first week you arrive, free food will accompany almost every orientation activity. This is quite a treat, considering that DOC provides you with a tasty, but limited, selection of goodies for your first year trip.
Once classes start, your meal plans will kick in and will be responsible for satiating your hunger. Using the meal swipes and DBA (declining balance account) funds attached to your ID, food can be easily acquired all around campus.
Of course, students often stray from the dining halls in an attempt to add variety and atmosphere to their appetite. Main Street, which runs directly through Dartmouth, has its own host of restaurants, which boast moderately priced, mouth-watering foods (sorry, but these places will not accept DBA). Certain restaurants will also deliver directly to your room. This is recommended for those who are too lazy to walk or who want to avoid the piercing cold of a Hanover winter.
Dartmouth Dining Services offers four different meal plans:
· Cost per term: $1,658
· 20 meals per week
· Flex DBA: $75
· Cost per term: $1,575
· 14 meals per week
· Flex DBA: $125
· Cost per term: $1,440
· 5 meals per week
· Flex DBA: $875
· Only available to those living off-campus
· Cost per term: $875
· 0 meal swipes per week
· Flex DBA: $875
For your first term as a freshman, you are automatically put on SmartChoice 20 and cannot change until winter term. After that, you can change your meal plan for any term. There IS a meal plan that fits your eating style!
A laptop is a must at Dartmouth! With a campus-wide wireless network, a laptop means you can do your work where you want and when you want and always be on the network. No more waiting for a computer in the library or having to survive without the internet. Use your computer the way you want to.
"Blitz" might be the most used word at Dartmouth - it's the ubiquitous name of our email program. Blitz Bulletins are the perfect place to check for organization or Department updates. Also, Dartmouth uses Public File Servers, where students can obtain software and other documents for courses, or store their own files online. Buying your computer from Dartmouth ensures this will work correctly (or at least if it doesn't you can get it fixed easily and cheaply). Additionally, students have access to their own webpage, just sign up with Computing Services. Choose a computer that works for you; don't worry about what businesses use or what you might have at home. Use your computer as a tool to enhance your life—it shouldn't consume it or frustrate it.
The directly-billed charges include tuition, fees (about $1,344), housing (about $8,286) and food. You will be billed for these charges approximately six weeks before each term starts. Plan to arrive on campus with sufficient funds for your out-of-pocket expenses. You will need an average of $1,027 per term to pay for your own books, supplies, laundry, etc. These indirect costs will not appear on your college bill.
The most common thing heard from a first-year's lips fall term is "I didn't expect this to be so much work." Yes, Dartmouth is hard, and many first-years find themselves struggling through fall term. If you feel like you're in over your head, keep these tips in mind.
Use the Academic Skills Center - these guys and girls can check your papers, teach you study habits, lend you computers — it's all there at the Academic SkillsCenter. Best of all, except for the computer lending, it's free.
One of the biggest venues of social life during the weekends is fraternities. Although there are many other activities going on (performances, movies, programming board events, lectures, DOC trips) many students spend time in fraternity basements and at dance parties.
Athletic opportunities are abound at Dartmouth. This is a school that values physical fitness and good health. After all, we do have the granite of New Hampshire in our muscles and our brains.
Most people are involved in some kind of athletic venture at some level – whether it is going for a run in nice weather, participating in intramurals, getting involved with the DOC, taking PE’s, or competing on a legitimate NCAA team. So whether you are a National Champion cross-country skier or a leisurely Tuesday-morning-canoer, Dartmouth offers many options for you! It’s definitely worth getting out and enjoying the New England geographic region.
Extracurricular activities abound on campus; from musical groups to sports options, students have a fantastic array of opportunities available year round.
Choose an organization, a club, a council, or committee that interests you, that you have a passion for, or that you think you may contribute to and gain from, but be aware that this is a commitment—one that you take on wholeheartedly, for fun, for personal improvement, and for all those in the community you join.