Top 5 Questions Prospective Students Have Asked Me
As a senior fellow at the Admissions Office, I’m spending the summer interacting with prospective students and their families. Students come to the office and are so excited to learn more about Dartmouth! I’m so happy that I get to share my love of Dartmouth with these prospective students. For my blog post this week, I thought I would share some of the most common questions students have asked me this summer!
- No. 1
Can I Pick My Own Roommate?
During your first year of college, housing and roommate assignments are random. You will fill out a survey where you can share some of your habits and housing preferences. When I was a freshman, I had a two-room triple. This meant that I had two roommates! Having my own bedroom for my whole life, I was pretty scared to live with two other people. However, having roommates has been one of the most fun and beneficial aspects of my college experience. After your first year, you are able to choose your roommate and what type of room you would like to live in. Housing operates on a lottery system for upperclassmen.
- No. 2
Do I need a minimum GPA to apply to Dartmouth?
There is no minimum GPA required to apply to Dartmouth. Dartmouth practices holistic admissions. This means that the admissions team views your application at as a whole, regardless of your GPA, test scores, or transcript. Our admissions team is also committed to learning about who you are outside of the classroom, so the Dartmouth supplemental essay questions are a really important part of the application.
- No. 3
What do you do for fun?
Good question! I think the answer really depends on what you are personally interested in as a person. There are so many different clubs and extracurriculars offered through the College that students can join. Outside of organized activities, some of my favourite past-times involve anything I can do with my friends. We will spend hours laying out on the Green and looking at the stars, floating on the Connecticut River or exploring one of the many mountains around our campus. I always encourage students to get out and explore the beautiful setting of our campus and make the most of their four years here!
- No. 4
What's it like going to school in New Hampshire?
Located in New England, New Hampshire experiences all four seasons. Each season brings a different atmosphere to campus. In the summer, we go swimming in the Connecticut River and in the winter, we go skiing at the Dartmouth Ski-Way. There are so many different ways that our location benefits our programs here in Hanover. The great thing about the D-Plan is that you can customize your academic calendar. Some students who are from warmer climates elect to go home during the winter months and some students decide to stay on campus for more than one summer term! The possibilities are really endless when it comes to personalizing your four years in New Hampshire.
- No. 5
Do you like Dartmouth?
Yes, I love Dartmouth. I may be biased, but my three years here so far have been an incredible time of growth, discovery and learning. I will always be thankful for the friends that I have made here and the experiences that we have had together. I love Dartmouth for so many reasons. Not only is the campus absolutely beautiful year-round, but the community is caring and supportive. I’m so glad that I will be able to call this place home for the rest of my life.