Q: How should I prepare for my campus visit?

A: To prepare for your visit to Dickinson, you should begin by learning basic information about the college. Our Web site is a good place to start. Here are a few links to help you begin your search:

When you are ready to schedule your visit, call the admissions office at 800-644-1773 or register online.

Q: What should I do during a first visit to campus?

A: During your visit to campus you should focus on understanding the character and personality of Dickinson and how you may potentially fit with the opportunities available. For first-time visitors, we strongly encourage you to:

  • register for an open house or special visit program OR
  • schedule an information session and tour.

You may consider scheduling an interview if you feel confident that your research has provided you with a sufficient introduction to Dickinson.

If you’d like us to help you determine the type of visit that best fits your needs, please call the admissions office at 800-644-1773.

Q: What am I likely to see and hear during an open house or special visit program?

A: The introductory visit to Dickinson is your chance to discover what it’s like to be a member of the Dickinson community. While formats for open houses and special visit programs can vary, generally you may expect the following:

  • welcome from the vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications and other senior administrators
  • campus tour led by one of our Liberty Caps (student volunteer tour guides)
  • various student/faculty/administrator panels covering many areas of campus, including academic programs, campus life, global education, sustainability, career/graduate school counseling, internships and research opportunities
  • joining current Dickinson students for a meal in the dining hall
  • admissions and financial aid "nuts and bolts" panel

An open house or special visit program typically lasts half a day to a full day. For more information, call the admissions office at 800-644-1773.

Q: Why should I attend an information session? What will I see or hear there?

A: All information sessions are not the same. At Dickinson, our information session is meant to help you understand how Dickinson is distinctive from the many other small liberal-arts colleges, not to simply review facts and figures. Through student and faculty stories, we hope to offer you a better sense of Dickinson's "personality." We want you to leave with a sense of this institutional identity, as well as an understanding of what we have to offer, how our application process works and how you may fit into our community. The campus tour complements the information session nicely, so scheduling a tour along with this session will offer a complete and well-rounded introduction to Dickinson College.

To schedule your visit, call the admissions office at 800-644-1773 or register online.

Q: What am I likely to see and hear on a campus tour?

A: A campus tour is great way for you to interact with our students. Led by a member of our Liberty Cap Society, tours offer an opportunity to capture and understand the energy of Dickinson College through the eyes of students who are living the Dickinson experience. A tour will also better demonstrate the ways in which the physical campus and facilities reflect our useful, engaged approach to teaching as well as our heritage and tradition. Scheduling an information session with your tour will provide a full introduction to Dickinson College.

To schedule your visit, call the admissions office at 800-644-1773 or register online.

Q: What is an interview like and should I have one?

A: Interviewing is a great opportunity to tell us more about you, your interests, and your fit with this school. Interviews can help us assess personal experiences, motivation, maturity and your potential fit with Dickinson. Before you schedule an interview, please note:

  • Participating in an interview is not required for admission.
  • Notes taken by members of our staff during an interview will be added to your admission file.

To schedule an individual interview, call the admissions office at 800-644-1773.

Q: How should I prepare for an interview?

A: Participating in other visit activities (information session and tour; open house; special visit program) prior to an interview is one of the easiest and best ways to prepare. Our Web site is another useful tool in preparing for your visit.

It is recommended that you bring an unofficial transcript and activities resumé to your meeting. This may not provide the theme for your discussion, but it can be a helpful addition to our evaluation.

You may also want to prepare thoughtful questions you can ask during your visit.

If you have any other questions, please contact the admissions office at 800-644-1773.

Q: May I interview near my home or school?

A: Off-campus interviews that are conducted by trained alumni and parent volunteers are offered to seniors from mid-September through the end of January. They should be requested at least three weeks before your application deadline. These interviews are accorded the same weight in the application review process as those conducted on campus.

To confirm availability and schedule an off-campus interview, please use our online form or call 800-644-1773.