Pick A Term, Any Term

Whatever your major, nearly half of your academic schedule over the course of four years is totally up to you—enrollment on or off campus, study abroad, internship, research, or employment.

How is this possible?

At Dartmouth, we have four 10-week quarters each year (fall, winter, spring, summer), giving you a total of 16 terms to work with during your undergraduate study. You must enroll in 12 terms to graduate, and you must spend seven of those terms on campus taking classes (see the Flexible Study Plan matrix below).

  Fall Winter Spring Summer
First Year must be on campus must be on campus must be on campus your choice
Sophomore Year your choice your choice your choice must be on campus for
Sophomore Summer
Junior Year your choice your choice your choice your choice
Senior Year must be on campus must be on campus must be on campus graduation


Want to see some examples?

Our bloggers have charted their D-Plans, sharing information about their favorite classes, their internship, research, and study abroad experiences, and even what they did during their non-academic quarters. Visit the profile pages for bloggers Alexis, Kate, Anna, Simon, and Isabel to read about their D-Plan experiences.


Consider the Advantages

At Dartmouth, you don't have to compromise when shaping your ideal learning, research, and work experiences—geographically or financially.

  • Pursue internships during any season of the year—a huge competitive edge over students from schools that funnel internships into summer breaks.
  • Spend in-residence “R” terms enrolled in classes on campus, taking advantage of labs, leadership opportunities, and arts and recreation throughout the region.
  • Use off-campus “O” terms for language study abroad or foreign studies programs. Your financial aid follows you wherever you go.
  • Schedule leave “L” terms to undertake field research, internships, travel, work, or to just take a break.
  • Receive funding and networking support for “L” terms from Dartmouth resources such as the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the Dartmouth Career Network, and the Financial Aid Office.