Dickinson’s status as a prominent liberal arts institution rests on its challenging and enriching learning environment. The College demands excellence from each student, and the faculty and administration go to great lengths to see that this is achieved. Through cross-curricular learning and emphasis on a global education, the College ensures that its students walk away with more than just a degree—students are given all the tools they'll need to accomplish their academic and career goals, regardless of their chosen field of study.
So don’t be surprised to find yourself assigned with relatively large amounts of work. At Dickinson, class doesn’t end in the classroom. Many professors feel that it is important for students to be immersed in subject material and often assign readings and projects outside of the syllabus to further students’ understanding of the course matter. Professors also expect students to be able to think critically about what they are learning—discussion and debate are much more common in the classroom than lectures. Learning at Dickinson isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. When you come to this school, expect to be included in every step of the academic process, from course selection to class discussion, because no student succeeds here by sitting back and watching their four years float by.