With Dartmouth’s distinctive D-Plan, you customize your own academic calendar. 

The D-Plan is Dartmouth's quarter academic system which enables students flexibility in choosing their enrollment pattern. Pick 12 terms to graduate. This chart shows the basic structure:

  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


Dartmouth offers four ten-week terms per year, so that leaves more than half of your terms open for your own planning. On campus or off campus: you choose.

Your D-Plan is your personal enrollment pattern. Here’s what you need to know:

There are three types of terms.

R: Terms in residence. This is when you are in Hanover and enrolled in classes.
O: Terms off campus. You are not in Hanover, but you are enrolled in one of Dartmouth’s Language Study Abroad or Foreign Study Programs, or you are taking classes at another institution that will transfer credits.
L: Leave terms. You are not enrolled. You could go on vacation, get an internship, find a job, do research, or travel.

The D-Plan offers unparalleled opportunities for internships and research.

At most schools, students have to fit internships into summer break. That means a lot of competition for the same positions between June and August. At Dartmouth, internship opportunities are options during any season of the year, according to your plan.

If you need funding to make your leave-term a success you can apply for Dartmouth grants from centers on campus like the Tucker Center, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, and the Financial Aid Office.

Need advice on looking for leave-term opportunities? Career services, the thousands of alumni in the Career Network, and upperclass students who've been there are all ready to help connect you with life-changing experiences.

It’s all up to you.