Thayer Scholars Program

The Thayer Scholars Program offers a merit-based award to no more than the top 5% of the incoming Dartmouth class who have expressed interest in majoring in engineering and building on their Dartmouth AB to earn the professionally-accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree.

ENGS 21 Class
Students assemble robots during orientation to ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering.

Most engineering students at Dartmouth earn both the AB and BE degrees, thus obtaining a broad liberal arts education through the AB together with deep technical training through the BE. The Thayer Scholars Program encourages these students to take full advantage of both — a program that is unique among leading American colleges and universities. Students can earn both degrees in four years, or use part or all of a fifth year which is recommended to allow full exploration of the depth of the engineering curriculum with the broadening study of the liberal arts.

Named in honor of Dartmouth alumnus and founder of the School, General Sylvanus Thayer, Thayer Scholars receive a merit award of $25,000 to help cover the cost of tuition during any part of a fifth BE year.

For students pursuing both the AB and BE degrees in four years, up to $10,000 in funding may instead be used to support an academic enrichment opportunity related to engineering. This $10,000 in funding is available upon declaration of the major, beginning “sophomore summer,” and can be used for a variety of opportunities such as:

Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering Students work on a project in Rwanda
Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering students install a pico-hydro turbine in Rwanda.

Students named as Thayer Scholars at the time of admission to Dartmouth are not required to choose engineering as their major, but funding can only be used by engineering majors intending to pursue the BE.

Thayer Scholar awards are provided over and above any need-based financial aid a student may receive, up to the full cost of tuition.

No application for this merit designation is necessary. Thayer Scholar recipients are selected at the time of admission based on the academic strength of their Dartmouth application and their clear and demonstrated interest in engineering. All admitted students are considered.