Mental Health Review

About the Survey

In October 2021, Dartmouth invited all 7,258 active and graduate and undergraduate students to take the Healthy Minds Study (HMS) student survey. From October 26 through November 18, 2021, responses were received from 2,506 students,1 an overall response rate of 34.5%, which is higher than the national average. About half of the responses were from undergraduate students and about half from graduate and professional students.

The HMS survey covers several topics:

  • Mental health and substance use status, knowledge, attitudes, and service utilization
  • Overall health status and related health protective and risk factors (e.g., sleep, financial stress, sexual assault, public safety, resilience)
  • Campus environment, climate, and student experience (e.g., diversity and inclusion, academic competition, peer support, upstander/bystander behaviors)
  • Demographics

The following data highlight key information collected from the HMS survey. Data differences across student populations are reported descriptively, as analyses for statistical significance have not been performed at this time.

Data for underrepresented minority (URM) students includes students reporting African American/Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latin(x), Middle Eastern Arab or Arab American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial identities. URM does not include students reporting their identity as white, Asian American/Asian, or unknown.

Data for transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and genderqueer (TGNQ) students includes students reporting their gender identity as: trans male/trans man, trans female/trans woman, genderqueer/gender nonconforming, gender nonbinary, or self-identifying students. TGNQ does not include students who selected male or female as their identity.

The Dartmouth data presented below are compared to HMS Winter/Spring 2021 report data, which includes data from 103,748 students at 102 colleges and universities. Some data presented by Dartmouth below are not included in the HMS Report. Therefore, in cases, comparison data are not noted.

HMS is expected to release a new, 2021-2022 national report the at the end of February 2023, and Dartmouth is working with HMS to obtain a parallel report specific to Dartmouth (omitting any data where the number of Dartmouth responses is too low to share publicly for data privacy reasons). This website will be updated with that material once it is available.

While comparisons with the national HMS dataset can help us to understand Dartmouth’s experience within the context of a larger national mental health crisis, these comparisons are in no way intended to diminish the complex and deeply personal nature of pain and hurt that our Dartmouth students experience nor do they lessen our commitment to the magnitude of work that lies before us as a community.

The HMS survey will be readministered to all Dartmouth students in the final year of the JED Campus partnership (academic year 2024-2025) to identify areas of growth and opportunities for continued improvement.

Mental Health Concerns

Please note: All footnotes are located at the bottom of the page under "Survey Notes". 

Stigma and Help-seeking Behaviors

Community and Belonging

Financial Status

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