Dickinson College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Dickinson College is located in historic Carlisle, PA just 25 miles west of Harrisburg. This private, 4-year school was originally founded in 1773 as Carlisle Grammar School, but it received its Charter in 1783, making it the first college to be founded after the formation of the United States. Named for John Dickinson, a signer of the Constitution (and his wife, Mary – it was referred to as “John and Mary’s College), the school is set on 170 acres in downtown Carlisle featuring a blend of classic stone architecture and contemporary styles. Many historic figures and influential Founders passed through this school, including President James Buchanan and business mogul Alfred DuPont. More recent notable alumni include Rosie O’Donnell.

Academic Programs

Dickinson College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s Degrees in over 40 majors. The largest programs are in Public Administration/Social Service fields. The school is structured to include many out-of-classroom experiences; there is a strong overseas program and there are three Centers designed to create, enhance and connect opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom: Center for Sustainability Education, Center for Global Study & Engagement, and Community Studies Center & Mosaics. Additionally, Dickinson offers a 3:2 program consisting of three years at Dickinson and two years at an engineering (Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or Case Western Reserve University) resulting in a B.S. from Dickinson and the B.S. in engineering from the companion school. Per their Mission statement, “Dickinson College was created explicitly for high purposes- to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society… to offer a distinctively original form of American education – one that was rigorously rooted in the traditional liberal arts and [is], at the same time, innovative, forward-looking and ultimately useful.”

Student Life

There are over 2000 undergraduate students enrolled in Dickinson College, many of whom live on campus in the varied housing options. On campus housing ranges from traditional residence halls to small houses and apartments and special interest housing. The school offers a “gender neutral” approach to residences – men and women live side-by-side in separate rooms. There are many clubs and student organizations available including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the red and white Red Devils field teams in 13 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. While at Dickinson, students are taught under the values of the school: Intellectual curiosity and creativity; Commitment to engagement in local, national and global communities and a strong sense of personal and social responsibility; Cross-cultural and global perspective; willingness to appreciate and thrive in a diverse, complex world; Responsiveness to the challenges of rapid change and sustainability; Commitment to civility and dialogue that includes both finding one’s own voice and cultivating the capacity to hear others; Global education; Sustainability; “Connectivity;” and Active learning.

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