Elitism and the Big Eight
Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, appears to be one of the smallest and therefore most exclusive of the Big Eight in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In Division 1 of the NCAA, the Dartmouth roster counts only 4,248 undergraduates, 1,893 graduate students and 571 full-time academic staff.
Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania have ten times as many teachers, in large part because the former had no fewer than 14,044 graduate enrollees in the very prominent Law and Medical schools. Columbia in NYC had the largest student body at 22,920. As of 2014, Harvard had the largest endowment at $36.4 billion.
Below are the latest Dartmouth College mascot info:
Big Green (unofficial mascot )
|Mascot Meaning||This is the unofficial mascot and uniform color of all varsity and club athletic teams of Dartmouth College for the Ivy League conference Division I, and ECAC Hockey conference.|
Social Campus Site
Recalling that the Ivy League schools date mostly back to pre-Revolution times, the Dartmouth pedigree counts having been founded by King George III.
At last count, in school year 2013, those definitely accepted to Dartmouth had GPA’s of 3.5 or 4.0, an ACT composite score exceeding 30, and composite SAT’s beyond 2100. This means that Dartmouth is a “reach” (aspirational) school. The acceptance rate was just 11% because Dartmouth’s holistic admission policies also counted the fit between individual course GPA and preferred college major.
The Dartmouth Programs
The Dartmouth courses of study cover liberal arts (the faculty of Arts and Sciences), the Thayer School of Engineering, the Geisel School of Medicine for foundational science and clinical specializations, and a graduate School of Business (Tuck School of Business).
Under Arts and Humanities, one may opt to major in Art, Art History, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Classical Works, English, Film and Media Studies, Russian and European languages, Music, Philosophy, Religion and Theater.
The Interdisciplinary Programs are for those unable to make up their minds about African and African-American Studies Program, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Literature Program, Environmental Studies, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Jewish Studies, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences, Native American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
At the Geisel School of Medicine, available concentrations are Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Computer Science. The Thayer School of Engineering offers Geology, Engineering Sciences, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy.
Apart from the Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Dartmouth has offerings in Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Sociology.
The “Mascot” and School Colors
The Dartmouth College Mascot is “Big Green”, after the green college quadrangle. This is the unofficial mascot and uniform color of all varsity and club athletic teams of Dartmouth College for the Ivy League conference Division I, and ECAC Hockey conference. Despite the relatively sparse enrollment, Dartmouth is able to field 34 varsity teams, 17 club sports, and 24 intramural teams because no less than three-fourths of students sign up for some sports or other.
There have been attempts to update the Dartmouth Mascot to a moose and a beer keg but these have not been too successful.
Residences and College Life
Dartmouth dorms do not permit making arrangements for desired roommates, e.g. friends from high school. Instead, the College endeavors to allocate roommates according to lifestyle choices and other psychographics questions in the application questionnaire.
As in most other campuses, all incoming freshmen must take available slots in freshmen clusters at the River and the Choates. The rest of the class live on first year floors in mixed class housing in Russell Sage, McLaughlin and East Wheelock Clusters. Students also have the opportunity to live in Living Learning Communities.
The LLC’s involve throwing students, teachers and administrators living and working in these communities to create a strong sense of community and class unity, and aid new students in their transition to college life. Here is where new students learn to acclimate themselves to life at Dartmouth.
For additional information on Dartmouth College, please visit their official website.