Attracting the world's best talent has been a central component of Dartmouth's drive toward academic excellence.

Focused faculty hiring initiatives, support for the middle academic generation, and success in undergraduate admissions fueled, in part, by historic levels of investment in student financial aid have enabled Dartmouth to mobilize its full intellectual resources around urgent world issues, as new centers and institutes help amplify its global impact.

Following a significant and impressive rise in research expenditures (up 61% from FY2013 to FY 2020 to $326.3 million) and widespread recognition of Dartmouth faculty's research, Dartmouth was re-classified as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Foundation, designated as having "very high research activity," and, in 2019, was invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, a distinguished group of leading U.S. research universities.