Dartmouth's Community Contribution

In fulfilling its mission as an educational institution, Dartmouth strives to serve its students as well as the Upper Valley community through its role as an employer, collaborator, and innovator.

Community Contribution Report

The Dartmouth Community Contribution report illustrates the symbiotic relationship between Dartmouth, the town of Hanover, and the wider Upper Valley in areas including economic impact, research and innovation, education, arts and culture, sustainability and conservation.

Read Dartmouth's 2020 Community Contribution report.

Quick Facts: Community Contribution

Download the Dartmouth Community Contribution Quick Facts Sheet (PDF)


  • Dartmouth is New Hampshire's eighth largest service sector employer with more than $500 million in payroll.


  • Dartmouth is Hanover's largest taxpayer (approximately $8 million in taxes to Hanover); Approximately $85,000 to Lebanon, NH in real estate taxes

College Population

  • Approximately 6,500 students and 4,000 employees


  • Approximately 50% of undergrads receive financial aid with an average award of $51,000 annually

  • Nearly 90% of current New Hampshire and Vermont undergrad students receive financial aid.

  • Through the Special Community Student Program, Dartmouth offers free courses to local high school students with an annual tuition value of $700,000. (Note: program paused during the pandemic)

Research Funding

  •  $350 million annually

  •  Nearly 70% of all higher education research spending in New Hampshire

  •  Approximately 29 companies incubated, creating more than 330 local jobs

Local Spender

  • $70 million in the Upper Valley spent on goods and services

  • Dartmouth attracts more than 30,000 prospective students and visitors to the Upper Valley annually.

Student Volunteering

  • 90,000 hours on average annually of community service


  • Dartmouth owns about 40,000 acres in New Hampshire and Vermont and maintains nearly 50 miles of trails with seven lean-to shelters.