Students who choose the five-year Dartmouth program spend their junior year at Dartmouth College taking engineering courses. They return to Mount Holyoke for their senior year and earn their A.B. from Mount Holyoke. Following graduation, students spend an additional year at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering to be eligible to earn a bachelor of engineering (B.E.).
In addition to submitting the MHC Application for a dual-degree in engineering, students complete an application to Thayer, and admission is by Thayer in consultation with the MHC Engineering Committee. Students seeking financial aid apply to MHC for an Engineering Scholarship for the third year and to Thayer for financial aid for the fifth year.
Additional Steps for Applying to Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Apply directly to Thayer by February 1 of the sophomore year. Applications are available in the Dean of the College’s office or at Dual-Degree Program at Thayer School of Engineering.
After approval of your MHC dual degree application, complete an MHC application for Academic Leave of Absence for US study by March 1 of the sophomore year. Filing his form does not oblige you to take the leave of absence; in fact, the March 1 deadline is normally before Thayer notifies students about whether they have been accepted.
In support of year three, the student can apply for the (competitive) MHC Engineering Scholarship using the MHC Application for a Dual Degree in Engineering, available online and in the Dean of the College’s office (see above). Recall that funding meeting full need is not guaranteed for Scholarship recipients attending Dartmouth. There is no aid from Thayer for dual degree students in year three. In year five, there is limited financial aid available through Thayer.
In the first two years at MHC the student should take mathematics through multivariable calculus (MATH 203) and linear algebra (MATH 211), 2 semesters of calculus-based physics covering mechanics and electromagnetism (PHYS 110-201), one course in general chemistry (CHEM 150), and one course in computer science (COMSC 150 or 151). Students interested in biotechnology or biochemical engineering should also take biology (BIO 145). Students interested in chemical engineering should take one year of introductory chemistry (CHEM 150) and one year of organic chemistry (CHEM 202-302). Students intending computer engineering should take data structures (COMSC 205).
Dartmouth requires 8 non-STEM courses to graduate. They anticipate 2-3 can be completed at Dartmouth in your first year there. Please note this means AT LEAST five non-STEM courses at Mount Holyoke. Generally, plan to take one non-STEM course each semester. Dartmouth is a liberal arts college, and expects its applicants to embrace the liberal arts along with engineering.
For more details, see the Dual-Degree Program at Thayer School of Engineering.