Information for Parents
Two undergraduate degrees?
Approximately 75% of majors also earn a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree—a professional degree accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; ph: 1-410-347-7700). This generally takes 1 to 3 terms of additional study, but may also be earned simultaneously with the A.B.
My A.B./B.E. in engineering have been crucial to my career in so many ways. The beauty of the Dartmouth degrees is the breadth of exposure to technology combined with the opportunity to build great communications skills. I am at ease discussing technology with entrepreneurs, whether it is semiconductors, software, communications, medical devices, data storage—you name it. I couldn’t possibly have succeeded in my career and started my company without it. —Doug Kingsley ’84 Th’85, Co-founder North Bridge Growth Equity
The liberal arts advantage
—U.S. News & World Report
We believe that teaching engineering as part of a liberal arts degree is the best way to produce engineers who:
- understand the world they want to improve
- communicate clearly with both technical and nontechnical audiences
- think critically and creatively
- work well with a variety of people
The engineering and liberal arts background that I acquired at Dartmouth helped me every day. I could solve tough engineering problems one minute and write an effective proposal the next. The most important thing I took from Thayer School was understanding that no problem was too tough for me if I put my mind and energy fully against it. —Stu Schweizer ’66 Th’67, Schweizer Aircraft Corp.
The world's problems aren't divided into departments, so why should engineering education be? One department. One building. One mission: Solutions that help the world.
- master broad principles applicable to all areas of engineering
- explore a variety of disciplines before delving into a specialty of their choice
- have access to faculty with expertise in a range of engineering and science disciplines
- graduate with problem solving skills that work for any career they choose
- work at the interfaces of traditional disciplines—where innovation thrives
- follow their research discoveries wherever they lead
- collaborate with experts in a variety of fields
- build a diverse network of mentors
All students learn to work and communicate with people with all kinds of backgrounds while they gain the confidence and leadership skills it takes to succeed in the world of technological innovation.
2011-2012 Tuition and Costs
Figures below represent estimated costs of one full year of tuition, books, room, board, and incidentals. Need-based financial aid is available.
- A.B. program: ~$55,000
- B.E. program: ~$60,000
- M.E.M. program: ~$75,000 (for full 15-month program)
- M.S./Ph.D. programs: ~$60,000 (Most students enter with full support through either a research assistantship or fellowship.)