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.