In 1783, Benjamin Rush, a revolutionary in both spirit and life, established Dickinson College with the intent of providing a different kind of liberal-arts education.
Here, students are encouraged to be actively engaged with the wider world and challenged to think differently and act boldly. Dickinsonians are guided by a core set of tenets—to be decisive, useful, curious and unafraid to take risks.
We produce critical thinkers who see how everything is connected. Graduates forever ready to make a difference.
This is how we’ve taught successful graduates of all kinds, from lawyers to researchers to writers to CEOs. Dickinson’s brand of liberal arts has been around for more than 200 years for one reason—it works.
Chartered in 1783 (the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States), Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college. Founded in Carlisle, Pa., by Benjamin Rush and named for John Dickinson, its mission is to offer students a useful education in the arts and sciences that will prepare them for lives as engaged citizens and leaders.
A Dickinson education begins with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, providing academic breadth, depth and flexibility that will allow you to succeed in any field. The college offers more than 40 majors, plus interdisciplinary and certificate options. Our innovative programs range from neuroscience to security studies, and our students develop intellectual independence and a passion for learning.
Dickinson is known for its international perspective and provides more than 40 study-abroad programs in 25 countries on six continents and offers 13 modern languages. More than half of Dickinson students study abroad.
Dickinson is a recognized leader among educational institutions committed to sustainability and green initiatives, boasting the Center for Sustainability Education, four LEED gold-certified buildings, a USDA certified-organic College Farm, highly successful and student-led programs in composting and biodiesel production and a variety of other distinctive initiatives.
Whether they majored in international studies or English, biochemistry or Hebrew, our alumni are at the top of their fields as business leaders, professional artists and writers, sports agents and athletes, doctors and researchers. And many of them used their liberal-arts foundation to forge their own paths. Our graduate-school partnerships enable our students to enter top programs with greater ease and reflect the high regard in which Dickinson is held. One year after graduation, 92 percent of Dickinsonians have jobs or are in grad school.
- 2,339 full-time students
- 42 U.S. states and territories and 44 foreign countries represented
- 9:1 student-faculty ratio
- More than 50 percent of students study abroad
- 11 men’s and 12 women’s varsity sports, plus club and intramural sports and intercollegiate squash coming in 2014-15
Chartered in 1783, just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution, Dickinson’s founder envisioned the college offering a distinctively original form of American education—one that was rigorously rooted in the traditional liberal arts and was also ultimately useful. As we face the challenges and complexities of the 21st century, Dickinson continues to seek direction from this revolutionary heritage within a contemporary context.