Information for Parents

Two undergraduate degrees?

All undergraduates earn a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree, because at Dartmouth even engineering sciences majors study the full range of liberal arts.

Most majors also earn a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree—a professional degree accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, This generally takes 1 to 3 terms of additional study, but may also be earned simultaneously with the AB.

My AB/BE in engineering have been crucial to my career in so many ways. The beauty of the Dartmouth degrees is the breadth of exposure to technology combined with the opportunity to build great communications skills. I am at ease discussing technology with entrepreneurs, whether it is semiconductors, software, communications, medical devices, data storage—you name it. I couldn’t possibly have succeeded in my career and started my company without it. —Doug Kingsley ’84 Th’85, Co-founder North Bridge Growth Equity

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

The liberal arts advantage

"To design for a better humanity, you need to understand the humanities!"
—Sharang Biswas '12 Th'13

We believe that teaching engineering as part of a liberal arts degree is the best way to produce engineers who:

The engineering and liberal arts background that I acquired at Dartmouth helped me every day. I could solve tough engineering problems one minute and write an effective proposal the next. The most important thing I took from Thayer School was understanding that no problem was too tough for me if I put my mind and energy fully against it. —Stu Schweizer ’66 Th’67, Schweizer Aircraft Corp.

Engineering Sciences

The world's problems aren't divided into departments, so why should engineering education be? One department. One building. One mission: Solutions that help the world.

Undergraduate students...

Graduate students...

All students learn to work and communicate with people with all kinds of backgrounds while they gain the confidence and leadership skills it takes to succeed in the world of technological innovation.

Tuition and Costs

Figures below represent estimated costs of one full year of tuition, books, room, board, and incidentals. Need-based financial aid is available.


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