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.


  • 2,345 full-time students
  • 38 U.S. states and territories and 49 foreign countries represented
  • 9:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Two-thirds of our students study abroad
  • 12 men’s and 13 women’s varsity sports, plus club and intramural sports

The Mission of Dickinson College

Dickinson College provides a useful, innovative and interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and
sciences to prepare students to lead rich and fulfilling lives of engaged global citizenship.


Dickinson College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

Other agencies accrediting or recognizing Dickinson are the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the American Chemical Society.

Dickinson College is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Consortium. The other members are Franklin & Marshall College and Gettysburg College.

EcoLeague Consortium

Dickinson College is a member of the EcoLeague Consortium, a group of colleges dedicated to ecologically focused education, modeling sustainability through their operations and facilities, and training future leaders and thinkers in cultural and ecological sustainability.