The distinctive elements of a Dickinson education—a campuswide global awareness; commitment to sustainability; emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning; and a useful, 21st-century skill set that goes beyond graduation—are features that make the college unique among other liberal-arts institutions.

Dickinsonian Achievements

During the last five years, Dickinson students have been awarded the following major fellowships and awards:

  • Carnegie Junior Fellowship
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship
  • Gilman International Scholarships
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
  • Humanity in Action
  • Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace Grants
  • Morris K. Udall Scholarships
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Leading Producer of Fulbright Awards

Dickinson is among the top 10 liberal-arts institutions producing Fulbright recipients. To date, 92 alumni and 56 faculty or staff have received at least one Fulbright Award. A record 13 students earned the prestigious award during the 2018-19 academic year.

Recent Stories of Dickinson's Fulbright Success 

Graduate, Law & Medical School Placement

Dickinson provides the ideal preparation for anyone considering advanced education. Recent Dickinson graduates have pursued professional and graduate study at some of the finest research universities in the world. 

  • More than 95 percent of Dickinsonians are either employed or accepted into a graduate program one year after graduation (2018 survey).
  • Graduate school acceptance rates are strong: 92 percent for law school and 94 percent (of those recommended) for medical school.

Dickinsonians in Business

According to the most recent alumni survey, a number of Dickinson graduates are CEOs, company presidents or top-level corporate managers. Some examples include:

  • Retired chairman and CEO of Wyeth, first editor of USA Today and chairman and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc., head of Barclays Wealth Management, assistant general manager of the New York Jets, co-head of William Morris Independent and senior vice president of the motion pictures department, founding president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
  • A recent issue of Dickinson Magazine highlighted 14 impressive entrepreneurial young alumni under 40. They are just a few of the entrepreneurs that Dickinson has produced.

Dickinsonians in Service

Community engagement, volunteering and engaging with the world are key components of the Dickinson experience. Our alumni use the habits of mind formed while at Dickinson to find a variety of ways to be of service.

  • 205 Dickinson grads have served in Peace Corps since 1961.
  • Since 1991, more than 35 Dickinson alumni have gone on to participate in Teach for America.
  • Students devote more than 30,000 hours of community service to the Carlisle area each year.
  • Dickinson has been consistently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction.
  • According to a 2009 survey, nearly 90 percent of Dickinson alumni participated in volunteer work, and in 2008—a year marked by global recession—95 percent of the respondents said they made a financial contribution to a nonprofit organization.

Stories of Alumni in Service

  • Llamilet Gutierrez ’09 works to provide free legal services to individuals harmed by the commercial sex trade or are victims of sex trafficking.
  • Linda Specht ’82 merges economic affairs and foreign service in her job as consul at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey.
  • Jamie Lopez ’12 serves her hometown community as the deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles.
  • Albie Masland ’06 is director of Southeast & Mid-Atlantic Regions for the Travis Manion Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the families of soldiers killed in action.

Global Alumni Network

More than 1,800 Dickinson alumni worldwide are active participants in Dickinson Works, a program that connects students with alumni for career advice, internships and job opportunities. The stories of alumni going above and beyond to help their fellow Dickinsonians are widespread, and the impact is visible.

Alumni Engaged With Dickinson

Examples of the variety of paths a Dickinson liberal-arts education can create are visible right here on campus. A number of faculty, administrators and trustees are Dickinson graduates, including:

  • Julie Johnson ’82 (biology), Dickinson trustee; program manager, National Science Foundation
  • Ruth Ferguson ’92 (economics), Dickinson trustee; senior vice president & chief human resources officer, Related Companies
  • Grant Braught ’97 (computer science), professor of computer science
  • Karen Faryniak ’86 (psychology), chief of staff and secretary of the college
  • R. David Wechsler '93 (policy management) Dickinson trustee; vice president for Energy Hub Inc.

Alumni Testimonials

Not only do our alumni share their professional successes with us, they share their reflections on how their Dickinson education prepared, guided and influenced them. 

Hilary Smith ’06, art & art history, recruiting and admissions officer for Christie’s Education
“While I am working in a field directly related to my major, I think the overall liberal-arts education I received was the most valuable thing I took away from Dickinson. My art history courses were undoubtedly important, and I reference them often, but the variety in curriculum taught me how to write, sharpened my critical thinking skills, and gave me an appreciation for transferrable skills and thinking outside the box.”

Scott Hackett-Dalgliesh ’07, law & policy, head men’s lacrosse coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
“Dickinson’s liberal-arts approach, more than anything, gave me a foundation to engage in critical thinking—to analyze complex and multifaceted situations, to view problems with a solution-based lens and to account for the context of a situation within a global context.”

Soo Min Kim ’18, international business & management, Miss Korea 2018
“Dickinson’s liberal-arts education has shaped me into the person I am today, a global citizen. This skill set served me well when I was competing for the Miss Korea 2018 title. The process of becoming Miss Korea required a deep personal commitment. Each competition included intense personal interviews and presentations, and the liberal-arts education I received at Dickinson served me exceedingly well on the personal interviews.”

Chris Reber ’80, Latin, president of Hudson County Community College
“My Latin major and history minor, in combination, provided for me a foundation and context for reflecting upon and understanding the world and our society. Through rigorous reading, writing and discussions with phenomenal Dickinson faculty, staff, students and others during my undergraduate college experience, I learned how to think critically, solve problems and strive to understand and work effectively with others.”

Eric Johns '09, biology, acute rehabilitation physical therapist for Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine
“I have always been a person with varied interests, both personal and professional. In my career as a physical therapist, I dabble in research, teaching and a variety of clinical populations and care settings. Dickinson prepared me to boldly explore different opportunities, knowing that I have the underlying tools to adapt and succeed.”

Flosha “Flow” Tejada, ’11, American studies, director of college completion at Uncommon Collegiate Charter HS
"The liberal arts have served me in many ways throughout my life and career. Learning to use information from all areas of study and apply it in creative ways to practical life experience has often given me a leg up as a professional, artist, educator and citizen of the world."

Rob Webb ’05 , physics, teacher at Pequea Valley High School
“The liberal-arts approach, to me, means mastering your domain while also allowing yourself to be influenced and inspired by the world around you to give you a broader context for the usefulness of your domain. By learning my physics curriculum through a lens of sustainability and public service, I was able to tailor my lessons to include more relevant questions such as, “How realistic is it to find another planet to live on?,” “Why should we fund NASA?” and “How can we use physics principles to continue living on planet Earth?” to give the students a more global perspective.”

Katherine Heacock ’13, archaeology, front line service advisor at Walt Disney World
“Dickinson was really my first introduction to a diverse group of people from all over the country and the world. While at Dickinson, I had many of the ideas and beliefs with which I'd been raised challenged, and I grew as a person. My growth at Dickinson helped me to approach those differences with acceptance and appreciation and helped me to embrace the diversity of the Walt Disney Company, as I had to learn to embrace the diversity of Dickinson.”

Justin Gold '00, environmental studies, CEO of Justin's Nut Butter
"Dickinson provided the tools I needed to clearly research, evaluate and form my own thoughts on almost any topic. With the confidence on how to use libraries, professors and mentors for guidance, I was able to start my own business with limited knowledge about my industry and still excel."

Brian Sylvester '05 (English), teacher at the Landmark School
"At Dickinson, I was exposed to many different subjects, ideas, and perspectives, and this is has given me a very broad knowledge base. I also learned how to write thoughtfully and read analytically and help others learn to do the same. Today, I need to work with so many different people, each with a different perspective and feelings. I learned how to listen to and accept the opinions of others so I could work in a group at Dickinson."

Norah Turnham '05 (theatre arts), general manager for Small Pond Entertainment
"The liberal arts have served me in many ways throughout my life and career. Learning to use information from all areas of study and apply it in creative ways to practical life experience has often given me a leg up as a professional, artist, educator and citizen of the world."

Lisa Hsu Treat '00 (French and physics) research assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital
"Small classes and personalized attention from my professors had a huge impact on my subsequent education and career. Because my professors knew me on a personal level, my letters of recommendation were one of the strongest components of my graduate application to the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, where I completed my Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics."

Read more testimonials.

Additional Resources

Dig in to additional data from the last several years on the institutional research site. The Alumni in Action section of our site includes a variety of profiles and testimonials that illustrate the value of a Dickinson education.