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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Carlisle is a quaint, spunky town. There are tons of things to do, especially food wise. The Carlisle Theater is my favorite hotspot. Dickinson has a good transportation system that will take students to the local Walmart, movie theater, Panera Bread, etc. There's also a Target, Old Navy, and Starbucks just two miles away. The relationship between the town and the college is broken -- I love Carlisle, but Carlisle doesn't love Dickinsonians.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Excellent variety and quality options within walking proximity of campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dormitories and themed houses are the best way to go in terms of housing. Some dorms have been recently renovated while others aren't great, so it's a little inconsistent. The social atmosphere varies, but learning communities really amplify the first year experience when taken advantage of.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The music program is likely the greatest hidden secret about Dickinson. The faculty is absolutely incredible and quite accessible and the program curriculum is highly competitive compared to other schools and conservatories.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Dickinson is a liberal arts institution, meaning that the academic programs prepare students for the all aspects of the job market and the real world. The professors are wonderful resources and the small class sizes ensure tons of student-professor interaction. Dickinson graduates are heavily recruited, and the career services department is extremely helpful. It's impossible to leave Dickinson without discovering new things about yourself and the world.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crime is pretty rare on campus, but there are some sketchy parts of town right next to campus. DPS has a tendency to overreact or not care (not much in between), but all of the officers are very nice. Safe walk and Safety Shuttle are awesome services that I utilize frequently. Chain of command is an issue at times when dealing with the aftermath of crimes or sexual assault. The college is quite lenient with underage alcohol use - if you own up to your mistake, you're not in much trouble.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Wonderful administrators. All are accessible and easy to talk to. The only issue is the speed and efficiency of making improvements. The systems aren't always very smooth.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are big on Fridays and Saturdays (with the walk-of-shame-heavy cafeteria on Sundays). Parties are quite sports and fraternities-based -- if you're not a part of the athletic and Greek social scenes, there aren't as many opportunities to find good parties.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there, but it's not a huge part of the campus atmosphere and it's certainly not a major defining characteristic of the college as a whole. Fraternities throw more parties than sororities, but sororities are more popular than fraternities.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some teams aren't too bad...the football team is painful to watch at times. The only students who attend games are friends of the athletes themselves. There's little school spirit. The newly renovated fitness center is wonderful and helps promote fitness and wellness for all students.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received enough aid to attend, and the amount was fair given my parents' incomes, but I'm still scrambling to come up with enough money for each subsequent year.

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4 College Junior

Administration: The administration generally has a positive impact on the school. The school is not TOO strict but it's not incredibly lenient either. They're very appropriate with their rules.

5 College Junior

Majors: The Environmental Studies major is EXCELLENT at Dickinson College. The department is very well organized and does a great job setting its students up for success.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health center is very accessible. Like any campus medical care, it is not perfect. However, if they are not able to help you there are several nearby clinics and hospitals.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The town has excellent restaurants - students love going off campus for dinner on the weekend. Cafe Bruge, Andalusia, and Issei Noodle are my favorites. Carlisle is also very close to D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City if you find yourself craving a more urban experience on a weekend.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's there if you want it but you don't have to join Greek organizations to have a social life. There are a lot of other fun things to do.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Dickinson's athletic program is very strong for a D3 school. I am consistently impressed with the basketball, soccer, and lacrosse teams.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not much school spirit, but some people get really into the games.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek housing isn't the best--especially for sororities. However, Greek life has a little bit of a bad reputation but is undeserved.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: It really depends on what you're involved in on campus and who you know. Parties generally end pretty early but are fun with the right people.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Professors in my field are great. I'm concerned about what to do after graduation because the Career Center is not helpful at all.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few decent restaurants with various cuisines, but nothing special.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime lately from townies has been a little rough but generally I feel safe. However the Wellness Center is completely useless

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I guess it could be worse but it's pretty terrible. The lottery is an awful system and most dorms are really old and tiny.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Everything closes too early and there isn't much to do at all but there are some cute shops.

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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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