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Reviews 674 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Typical nightlife. Gets a little boring because you see the same people every weekend.

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5 College Student

Health & Safety: I am attending Dickinson College this fall. I am basing my review on my visits to the campus. I was impressed with the feel of the campus and always felt secure on campus. Campus and local police were visible and pleasant to students at Dickinson. Situated in a small downtown setting gave a secure feel as well. Crime did not seem to be a problem and I was impressed that the campus did have emergency phones. I look forward to my first year at Dickinson and realize that personal security relies on good common sense by it's students.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not big on parties but I hear they're good some days and not others. Everyone is big on drinking and you can find people partying basically any night of the week but sometimes they'll get busted early or just turn out to be boring.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a shuttle to take you to the mall in Harrisburg and the train station on weekends but it only makes one trip at a certian time and can only hold so many students. It's pretty isolated here and trying to get to the train station without someone to drive you is tough. A taxi from the train station to campus is usually $60.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of international students but if you look at only students from the United States who are here it's extremely white.

3 College Freshman

Weather: This winter has been pretty bad with all the snow and extreme cold. The weather is typically very predictable, there's a lot of rain in the fall and spring.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Lots of computer available not only in the library but throughout the campus buildings.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus service runs throughout the day. The campus shuttles are also available.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid and scholarship is fantastic. The process is not that difficult and I got the aid I requested for.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is quite good. I have not much idea about it though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty good than what I have seen in other campuses.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its cold during the winter. Weather is pretty predictable.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is not much restaurants off campus. The few available are expensive and not that good.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center has good facilities and friendly people. The campus police are available all the time.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much going around except during weekends when there are lots of parties and programs going on.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Student Involvement is good. Athletes have strong unity and school spirit.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Carlisle goes to bed at 9pm.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It hasn't stopped snowing since November. It's mid Feb. Ew.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You're either in it or you're not. Nbd.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Small school, you need to know people

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The finaid office is awful

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very few options, small town

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe little town with helpful and present cops and security.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Small town so not to many options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Doesn't really care what you're doing as long as you're being safe.


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Rachel Warzala
Somerset, NJ
English/Political Science
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When asked, "If you had a chance to do it all over again, would they still come to Dickinson College?", almost every student polled said they would do it in a heartbeat. On the whole, Dickinson is remembered by alumni as a place that provided some of the most incredible opportunities in their lives. The College serves as a starting point for not only career success, but for lifetime happiness, as well.

Students come to school here because they are serious about their futures. Academics are always the top priority and everything else comes second to classes and coursework. Thus, be prepared for Dickinson to push you to your limits academically. Dickinsonians are successful in and outside the classroom, and it is not uncommon for a student to play a sport, participate in a club, have an engaging internship, and still maintain their studying. In addition, you’ll learn to expand your social horizons and to indulge the international community through study abroad and a global education at home. Our motto is “Engage the World,” and nothing is more focused and concentrated on at Dickinson. A Dickinson College diploma is more than just a degree—it’s a way of life.


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