Incoming & Prospective Students

Dartmouth College welcomes your interest in pursuing your studies here! Student Accessibility Services is available to answer questions about services, campus accessibility, and other disability-related information. 

General Advice for Prospective Students

First, consider colleges and universities based on characteristics other than disability-related services. Determine the aspects of a college or university that are important to you--perhaps the size, academic rigor, available fields of study, breadth of academic and other support services, environment, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, and the like.

You should expect disability-related services and equal access at any U.S. college or school. Services can vary among colleges and universities, and some may have additional, disability-focused support programs or employ universal design in many of their courses. We recommend narrowing your schools down to a "short list" of what is important to you and then exploring the disability- and access-related services available at those schools.

At Dartmouth, the supplemental academic support provided for students with disabilities is the same as for any other student. For instance, academic advising through the Undergraduate Deans Office, support in writing research papers from RWIT, and coaching, academic strategy support, and group tutoring through the Academic Skills Center are open to all students.

Unlike most colleges and universities, which operate on a semester (usually a 15-week term) system, Dartmouth operates on a 10-week quarter system. Quarters are faster paced than semesters, and the compressed term can make the reading and study demands each day considerable. Quarters also allow for less flexibility if you, for instance, happen to miss a week (which is 10% of the quarter) for flu or other reasons. On the other hand, most Dartmouth students take three courses per quarter (as opposed to four or five per semester), and many students find focusing on a smaller number of courses helpful. quarters Phys ed requirement.*

Dartmouth has a physical education requirement. Some options for this requirement do not require physical activity, and there is also an opportunity to work with Physical Education & Recreation, SAS, and/or Dick's House if you need to complete one or more components of this requirement in an alternative manner.

Dartmouth also has a second-language requirement. Our experience is that most students who come to Dartmouth aware of their disabilities have developed ways to compensate for their difficulties with specific learning and/or content areas including foreign language aquisition. However, students whose disabilities make it prohibitively difficult to master languages in the manner and pace they are taught at Dartmouth may petition for a waiver of the language requirement.

Most accessibility offices, including ours, do not review documentation or commit to providing specific accommodations or services (including the foreign language waiver, which is decided by committee) before you have accepted an offer of admission and engaged in an interactive process (often called an intake meeting).