Great Issues Scholars

Spend your first year on campus exploring the vital international issues of the day with visiting dignitaries, Dartmouth experts, and your fellow students.

GIS retreat

First year Great Issues Scholars get to know each other when they meet at the beginning of the year for an off-campus retreat. See all the pictures!

GIS simulation

Students and alumni work together on a global energy simulation.

Madeleine Albright

Discuss international issues with visiting dignitaries such as former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. 

Conflict simulation

Learn about negotiation by taking part in a conflict simulation. 

Students learn about diet and climate

Does the food you eat have consequences for the planet?  Learn how diet and climate change are related. 

Great Issues Scholars participate in a year-long series of highly interactive events aimed at enhancing their understanding of the world and current international events. The program is a unique opportunity to connect with faculty, visiting experts, and fellow students around complex global issues. 

Only students in their first year of undergraduate study at Dartmouth are eligible to apply to the program. (Global Village residents who have already been selected as "Great Issues Scholars in Residence" do not need to apply.)

Scholars work and learn together while they gather for small-group events around specific themes such as global health, climate change, gender in politics, international development, and regional security challenges.

Selected students are expected to attend a minimum of twelve (12) Great Issues Scholars events over the course of the year (at least 4 per term). For more information, visit the Overview and FAQ pages.

Keep an eye out for Applications to the 2019-20 program!

For more information, contact Casey Aldrich.


Highlights from 2017-18 Program


Learn. Engage. Have fun. 

The John Sloan Dickey Center