A Dickinson liberal-arts education combines active learning in the classroom with engagement in the wider world. From this combination of inquiry and engagement, students gain a "useful education"—as articulated in our Dickinson Dimensions—that embraces our historic purpose and prepares students for lives as citizens and leaders.
Every college and university has different academic strengths, different extracurricular offerings and different residential experiences. These variables, among others, are those that prospective students and their families must examine, no matter which schools they are considering.
While all of the information necessary to complete such research has been reported by this and other colleges for years, the data was not always offered in an organized and simple way. Dickinson and other leaders in the field of higher education are working to change that through a number of vehicles.
For example, we actively are participating in the University & College Accountability Network (U-CAN), which is run by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the largest organization representing nonprofit, private institutions in the United States.
And Dickinson has invested numerous resources into creating its own Web site that promotes transparency and accountability.
Pick a starting point for your own personalized exploration of Dickinson Defined:
Admissions—High school class rank and activities, geographic background, impressions upon entering and graduating from Dickinson, as well as tuition costs and financial aid are some objective ways to assess the Dickinson experience. These details are just one small piece of the puzzle in Determining Dickinson's Fit for any prospective student
Academics: A useful liberal-arts experience—Explore the range of majors, and read about student research across the disciplines that form the basis of the college’s rigorous community of inquiry as well as the additional hands-on experiences students garner from a broad range of internships. See that Dickinson alumni have been prepared for roles of leadership across the globe.
Teacher-scholars—To achieve the best in learning, Dickinson has assembled the best in teaching. Delve into the extensive and meaningful collaborations between faculty members and students, along with the awards that professors have received for their work as teachers and as scholars. Also, scan the facts and figures to appreciate the top-flight faculty members and the quality of their instruction.
Global Education—Take a trip around Dickinson’s global campus, both in Carlisle and around the world by understanding the college’s historic mission, its strategic plan and its ongoing achievements in internationalizing the campus and curriculum. Investigate the various study abroad programs; find out about the college’s international students; and understand how Dickinson ensures the quality of its study abroad offerings.
Outcomes—Dickinsonians’ achievements are impressive and varied across all disciplines. Compare what alumni are doing one to five years after graduation and note what ongoing involvement alumni have with the campus as donors and as mentors for students and fellow alumni.
Living and learning at Dickinson—Read the profile of students; learn about the various housing options, including learning communities; explore the hundreds of activities from athletics to social change; and begin to understand the college’s dedication to the safety, health and academic progress of its students.
The Campus and Community—Learn about the Green Devil and the college-wide pledge to sustainability; see the campus architecture and facilities; get a taste for dining on and off campus; and explore the surrounding community of Carlisle and Cumberland County from the Appalachian Trail to dance clubs.
Balanced budget and beyond—The college’s finances are an open book from the operating budget, to the endowment, to the First in America capital campaign. Dickinson’s financial health indicates a sound stewardship by its administration, trustees and alumni, which has moved the endowment beyond the $300 million mark for the first time in the college’s history.