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Student Life

Studying engineering will take time, but not ALL your time. Students take pride in balancing the challenges of earning an engineering degree with the benefits of enjoying other interests along the way. (To find out more, see the I'm an Engineer and... video playlist.)

Beyond Thayer School's walls, engineering students have access to all that Dartmouth and the surrounding communities have to offer...

The Great Outdoors

Hanover and surrounding areas offer opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation in all seasons. The Connecticut River is just one of many rivers and lakes offering canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, swimming, fishing and other water sports. The Dartmouth golf course is within walking distance of the campus. And you can take advantage of opportunities for rock climbing, on-and off-road biking, in-line skating, camping, and hiking, including the Appalachian Trail, which passes directly through Hanover.

The winter holds many possibilities too, with skating on Occom Pond, sledding on the golf course, alpine skiing at the Dartmouth Skiway and at many other top-rated ski resorts of New England, and cross-country skiing in open settings or along serene, wooded trails around Hanover.

The Connecticut River is a five-minute walk from Thayer School:

...or perhaps you prefer the mountains:

...with some snow:

In addition, Dartmouth has extensive athletic facilities including indoor and outdoor running tracks, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, one of the finest ice arenas in the nation, a football stadium, an Olympic-size indoor pool, a dance studio, a fully-equipped weight room, and additional facilities for basketball, squash, racquetball, fencing, riflery, volleyball, and crew. (See Big Green Sports)

Mike Barton (left) and Mustafa Abdur-Rahim
(Left) Mike Barton Th'04 won national cycling races while completing his M.E.M. degree. (Right) Mustafa Abdur-Rahim '04 Th'05 competed in the U.S. Olympic trials during his B.E. year. Read about these 2 athletes in the Dartmouth Engineer magazine article "Sports."

Arts & Culture

The Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum of Art are centers for the performing, visual, and creative arts at Dartmouth. The Hopkins Center, affectionately known as The Hop, is a multidisciplinary academic and extracurricular visual and performing arts center. The Hop houses Studio Art (the most popular subject to combine with engineering for the modified engineering sciences major). Students can use the Hop's woodworking and jewelry workshops and participate in a wide range of musical ensembles.

The Hop serves northern New England and beyond as a cultural center, presenting some of the world's finest artists and ensembles in music, film, theater, and dance. The Hood Museum comprises ten public galleries, classrooms, research and conversation facilities, and is a permanent home for Dartmouth's fine art collections.

Other opportunities for students include:

Life at Thayer

At Thayer School the Great Hall provides a central space to get some work done, eat lunch with friends, or watch a student design competition. At the Friday afternoon Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society, students, faculty, and staff convene to hear guest lecturers share their expertise on a wide range of topics.

A variety of student groups offer opportunities to get involved and make a difference outside the classroom, and several student councils foster communication and participation throughout the School. In addition, the Dartmouth Society of Engineers (DSE) Student Chapter organizes outreach activities including exam study sessions and intramural sports teams.

Watch a bridge crushing contest in the Great Hall: