GIS Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to questions you might have about the Great Issues Scholars program and how it fits into your Dartmouth experienceto. If after reading this you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Is this a class?

GIS is not a class and you do not receive academic credit for participating. However, it is designed to complement the academic experience of a first-year student. Most Scholars find that GIS helps shape their academic trajectory at Dartmouth either confirming they are on the right major/minor path, or opening up new pathways for exploration.

  • Do I have to attend all the events

You do not have to attend all events. But regular participation (at least 4 per term) ensures that you see the term's theme from a variety of viewpoints and hear differing approaches/opinions. It also means you have more opportunity to get to know your fellow Scholars. We take attendance at each scheduled event and track completion of the attendance requirement.

  • What do I receive when I complete the program?

You get a very cool certificate and a pin, but more importantly, you have built a network of peers, mentors, and faculty in areas of shared interest, and you can add it to your resume.

  • How many students are selected for the program?

We are accepting 80 Scholars this year. 

  • How many students apply?

Each year approximately 15-20% of the first year class apply, about 150-200 students. We never know until applications are submitted how many will want to participate.

  • I am an athlete. Can I still participate even if I have practice and games away?

MANY athletes participate in the program. So do students with campus jobs and other out-of-class commitments. We vary the event days/times so that you can pick events that work in your schedule. We plan 6-8 events per term, but the attendance requirement is a minimum of 4 per term or 12 in the year. This allows flexibility for other commitments such as classes and extra curriculars.

  • I am super awesome but I haven't had any international experience. Do I have a shot at being accepted?

We love super awesome students and welcome ALL applications. We look for a mix of participants from around the world and diverse backgrounds, and with various levels of prior experience or study of international issues. We are all here to learn together!

  • If I still have more questions, where can I find answers?

Stop in and see us at the Dickey Center on the first floor of Haldeman. We'd be glad to talk with you. During orientation the Dickey Center hosts an open house. We are also part of the "Globalizing Your Dartmouth Education" orientation program. Email Casey Aldrich at the Dickey Center for more information. She can also connect you with mentors and others who can talk to you about their experience in the program. 

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