Dartmouth College

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Major at Dartmouth College

Students attending Dartmouth College can declare a major in psychology or neuroscience. A large number of students major in psychology and minor in neuroscience. The psychology program requires that students take classes in all fields of psychology to ensure that they have the understanding they need when taking graduate classes later.

Before declaring a major, students must take Introduction to Psychology and a course on data analysis and experimental design. Students must receive a "C" or higher in these courses. The college may allow students to take other courses, but they will need to maintain a "C" average or risk the college dropping them from the program. They can then take electives and required courses such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Perception.

A unique feature of this program is that it includes something called a major plan. This allows students to decide what classes they will take each semester until they graduate. They will submit this form to an adviser and get approval to continue with the program. An honors version of the program is also available.

Students enrolled in the honors program must complete two Honors Research classes while working closely with a professor in the psychology department. They will take these classes during their senior years and examine empirical data and research in the field before writing a thesis paper. Dartmouth College requires that students maintain a 3.0-GPA to qualify for its honors program.

About Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is one of several campuses called Ivy League schools in the United States. Established in 1769, it also ranks as one of the oldest colleges in the nation. The founders of the college initially wanted to create a school that would educate the Native American youths living in the Hanover, New Hampshire region. Though they raised the funds needed, the school was not as successful as they hoped, which led to them establishing a separate college for white settlers. Dartmouth grew out of this second school.

The college is now home to nearly 40 departments that offer more than 50 degree programs for undergrads. Students must take a writing seminar in their freshman years and take 10 general education courses. The college also requires that students demonstrate a foreign language proficiency before they can graduate. Both Washington Monthly and Forbes included Dartmouth within the top 10 on their lists of the best colleges in the United States. ARWU and U.S. News & World Report rank the college on both a global and a national scale. USNWR also ranks seven of its undergrad and four of its graduate programs among the best in the nation, including its undergrad programs in biology and chemistry. Its psychology department ranks as the 53rd best in the nation. Enrollment at Dartmouth College now includes more than 4,300 undergrad students.

Dartmouth College Accreditation Details

Dartmouth College believes in providing the best opportunities for its students, which is why it created its own accreditation agency. This agency meets and goes over the requirements the college must meet to ensure that it passes its accreditation renewal. The college has accreditation from the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEACS). NEACS is a form of regional accreditation that allows the college to accept transfer credits and give students who complete the FAFSA and demonstrate need financial aid. Dartmouth also has accreditation from several other organizations for its psychology, theater, medical education, public health and pastoral education programs.

Dartmouth College Application Requirements

The college has a very selective admissions policy and accepts less than 11% of the applications submitted each year. Its application goes live on August 1, but the university has a deadline of November 1 for those applying for early decision. The deadline for students applying for regular decision is January 1.

Dartmouth College allows students to use either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. Both systems require that students create individual accounts and add information about where they live, where they went to school, what they studied in high school and if they earned any college credits. Regardless of which application they use, students will submit it online and pay a fee. Dartmouth offers fee waivers for those who cannot afford that fee.

The application includes the Dartmouth Writing Supplement, which asks students to write an essay based on a topic or prompt given to them. They will also need to fill out a school profile section before submitting the application. The college asks for other documents that will come from students and other sources. Students must provide official transcripts from their high schools and a counselor evaluation form. They will also submit two evaluations completed by their teachers and an official test score.

Dartmouth College highly recommends that students submit scores from two SAT subject tests and that they get a recommendation letter from a peer. Those applying early decision will submit a mid-year report in January. All students must submit a secondary school report at the end of the year too.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As Dartmouth College is a private school, it costs more than public colleges do. It estimates that students will pay more than $54,000 a year for tuition and fees alone. Students who live on its Hanover campus will also pay more than $15,000 a year for room and board. The college estimates that students pay more than $73,000 a year for both direct and indirect costs. Students may want to buy a computer from the college or purchase health insurance from the school too.

Despite its high cost, Dartmouth is more affordable than some students might think. The college covers 100% of the estimated cost of attendance minus a student's family contribution. When the college receives a student's FAFSA, it will look at how much financial help the individual's parents can offer and bases a financial aid package around the remaining cost. If a student has a household income of less than $100,000, the college will offer that student free tuition that does not include any loans. Students can qualify for a large number of grants and scholarships from the college itself, but students can also bring in any scholarships they received from outside sources. Dartmouth College also offers financial aid for students attending a summer session and those who study abroad.