Who Comes To Dartmouth?

Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine students arrive with degrees in everything from neuroscience to English literature to music performance. Some are single, some have partners, and some are parents. About half come directly from college or graduate programs, the rest have worked as professional athletes, journalists, business entrepreneurs, you name it. Their interests in medicine are as diverse as their personal backgrounds. But for all of their individuality, Geisel School students share certain characteristics.

They want to go places. Perhaps that's why Geisel's unique clerkship program, which encourages students to do rotations at offsite locations around the country and in different parts of the world, is particularly appealing. Geisel students also want to make a difference. Now. Not later. In fact, many students arrive with strong backgrounds in community service and activism. Here they find an environment that fully supports their efforts to participate in or launch health initiatives from the local to the international level or to volunteer in other fulfilling ways. At the Geisel School students, care deeply about their causes, their work, their patients, and each other.

By all accounts, the Geisel student body is a particularly close-knit group. One reason is the smaller class size, of about 90 students. Here, no one is anonymous. Everyone is part of the peer group. As you are going through medical school, Geisel School students are the kind of classmates you can count on for inspiration and support. After medical school, they are the kind of people you can count on as lifelong friends and colleagues.

Team-building efforts are emphasized at the Year One orientation, through the use of an outdoor ropes course and small-group cross-cultural awareness training.

"People noticed if I wasn't around or if I wasn't as upbeat as usual. 'Are you okay?' 'Anything I can do to help?' Once when I was having a tough time in class, someone passed me a note urging me to persevere. That's just how Geisel students are."
—Roy Wade, Ph.D., Geisel Year Four

Dartmouth's unusually collegial culture fosters a sense of collaboration rather than competition.

Minority and international students represent about 54% of the 2011 entering class • Women represent about half the student population • A typical entering class represents more than 27 states and 53 undergraduate colleges