The scenic area affords excellent opportunities for hiking, canoeing, climbing, and skiing and is near many of northern New England's lake and skiing resorts.
Dartmouth College in Hanover was founded in 1769 by Rev. Eleazar Wheelock on the banks of the Connecticut River (on what was once the frontier of European settlement in North America) to create a path to higher education for Native Americans as well as to reach the area native peoples with the gospel of Christ henceforth the motto of the school*.
It was the last colonial college named for William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth (King George III's Secretary of State for the Colonies in North America) who contributed much to raise funds for the college.
Famous alumni of Dartmouth College in Hanover comprise US Senator Daniel Webster, Chief Justice of the United States Salmon P. Chase of Ohio, Theodor Seuss Geisel (renowned children's author Dr. Seuss), poet Robert Frost, and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.
Until 1972 Dartmouth College in Hanover was a men's college hence one of the mascots of its sports teams is a famous 'Keggy' a vivid beer keg who frequently arrives at college sporting events.
Having upgraded in the way of coeducation, Dartmouth introduces its extraordinary "D Plan (Dartmouth Plan), an all-year-round program that enables to enlarge the enrollment without expanding the campus. The year is divided into four terms according to the seasons; students are obliged to be in residence for at least one summer during their college period, and spend at least one autumn, winter, or spring term on leave.
The college's resources rival those of larger universities with eleven libraries on the College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campuses. Holdings include over two million volumes, 20,000 periodicals, and six million pages of manuscripts along with rich electronic resources including the library catalogue, which is available on the campus network. Hopkins Center, Dartmouth's center for the performing and creative arts, features a 900-seat concert hall, theaters and exhibition galleries. The Hood Museum of Art houses more than 60,000 objects, including 19th- and 20th-century American paintings.
Dartmouth College in Hanover is also a leader in the use of computers in education with more than 15,000 on-campus computers. A wired computer network links all dormitory rooms, administrative and academic buildings, and centralized servers and other computers on and off campus. Dartmouth has also successfully utilized a campus-wide wireless network that employs thousands of network access points. "Dartmouth was the first totally wired university, and now it will be the first totally wireless Ivy League university," stated Professor Edmond Cooley recently to the Boston Globe. Voice over IP (VoIP) is also widely used at Dartmouth College, allowing users to make and receive local and long distance phone calls with their computers.
Dartmouth hosts more than 200 student-run organizations embracing a wide range of interests from the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra to the radio stations managed by the college students and the Dartmouth Outing Club. Among them are religious organizations, affinity groups, numerous publications as well as political, economic, social, sports, and recreational organizations.
As far as publications are concerned The Dartmouth (America's oldest college newspaper) is worth mentioning. It is entirely student-run and independent of Dartmouth College. This daily newspaper features the online edition - The Dartmouth online, which is a daily collection of the top stories, opinions and photographs found in the daily issues of The Dartmouth.
* "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness" - Dartmouth's motto