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- All applicants take either the SAT or ACT as well as two subject tests. (While international students who live in countries where the SAT and ACT are unavailable are not required to complete these requirements, the majority of successful applications to Dartmouth include completed testing.)
- If your native language is not English, OR if you attend schools where English is not the primary language of instruction, we recommend that you take either the TOEFL or IELTS English-language test.
- An applicant’s financial need is taken into consideration as one of many factors, including academic achievement, extracurricular endeavors and community context, during our admissions process.
- We have capped all introductory classes at 30 students, and all intermediate classes at 25. We believe that students learn philosophy well in small groups, even at the introductory level. There will no longer be large lecture classes in philosophy.
- Along with our smaller class sizes, we are introducing a greater variety of exciting introductions to philosophy, which will change often and cover a large array of topics. This Spring, for example, try out courses on time travel, person-hood, and puzzles of perception, in addition to our critical thinking class Reason and Argument and our introductory Logic class.
- Students may have noticed that most intermediate philosophy classes now use decimal notation, too. Instead of Phil 30: Theory of Knowledge, we now offer a wide range of courses under the heading of Epistemology and Method: Phil 30.01, 30.02, and so on. Each of these courses is focused on a different set of topics within an area. Each decimal course counts in the same way toward the major as the earlier version counted. So, Phil 35.01 counts toward the major in the same way that Phil 35 used to. But now, students can expect to see a greater variety of courses, with more informative descriptions of their specific topics.