Welcome from Dean Elizabeth Smith

At Dartmouth, students learn how to learn.

Believing strongly that in today's world more than ever students must be prepared to evolve and change, our goal is to provide our graduates with the skills, flexibility, and hunger to live lives of constant inquiry. For this reason, we are committed to offering a liberal, interdisciplinary education, one that challenges students to engage in a range of disciplines.

This diverse curriculum hones students' ability to reason logically, critically, and quantitatively, to communicate persuasively and accurately, and act ethically. Our modern liberal education encourages exploration and intellectual risk taking, demanding action with reflection.

A Dartmouth education aims to ignite an undying passion for learning. In this way it aspires to tackle not only the challenges of the present, but also those of the future.

Elizabeth F. Smith
Dean of the Faculty

About Dean Elizabeth F. Smith

Elizabeth F. Smith, the Paul M. Dauten Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences, has served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2017. She leads Dartmouth's largest academic unit, overseeing its educational policies, curriculum, and all matters relating to the effectiveness, development, and wellbeing of more than 600 faculty members. Read more about Dean Smith.