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Two degrees? A fifth year? It's different, we know. Here's why:

"We don’t admit [students] into engineering. We admit them through the College, and they come, they explore, they learn critical thinking skills, they take a language, they have an opportunity to study abroad. They’re not giving up any of that." —Professor Laura Ray

When General Sylvanus Thayer founded the School in 1867, he believed that learning engineering in the context of the liberal arts is the best way for technology leaders to prepare for the world. And we agree.

Engineers with blinders on can do more harm than good. Dartmouth gives you time to branch out, look around, and experiment with different subjects.

With your Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree, you’ll have the analytical, creative, and communications skills you’ll need to succeed and lead in engineering—or any other field. You’ll take a full range of Dartmouth liberal arts courses, from the arts and humanities to the social and physical sciences. In fact, half your classes will be in non-engineering subjects, so you can deepen your understanding of the world—and prepare to make a difference in it.

Then, after you've taken advantage of the full liberal arts curriculum, you can stay on and knock out that professional accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in less than a year. The BE requires at least 9 engineering courses beyond the AB. Some students complete both the AB and BE in four years. Others take a fifth year. Either way, need-based financial aid is available.

Students describe the advantages of taking a fifth year to earn the BE degree.