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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: While Dickinson's campus is very safe, well light up, and it is riddled with blue lights, it is important to remember that Carlisle, PA is a small city and all cities have dangerous attributes. One must always use caution when walking alone, especially when alone, at night, not on Dickinson's campus. Usually, either DPS, and or, Carlisle PD are constantly roaming around but they cannot be everywhere at once. You will most likely be safe but things happen, so use your better judgement to avoid possible scenarios where dangerous things may occur.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is a big disparity between the quality of freshman dorms, but if you get lucky you will have a great living area similar to a lot of colleges. However, if you live in the Quads, you will no doubt have a great experience with a tight knit community, the dorms will be less aesthetically pleasing. Living only gets better as you continue to progress through Dickinson. The social atmosphere depends solely on what you put in- get out there and join clubs, organizations, Greek life or anything! Remember, though, it is a small school and the social life can reflect that sometimes.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: As a member of Greek Life, my opinion may be a bit skewed. Overall, Dickinson has been turning away from Greek Life as a school but we are still there in strong. I think students understand the reputation of Greek Life nationally but do not discriminate Greek Students at school. Greek Students perform community service, each chapter in their own way, and try to benefit the school when possible. Of course, Greek Life can sustain the social life at a small school and that stays true at Dickinson; however, sports teams and clubs also have social events.

4 College Junior

Athletics: When attending a small school, it would come as no surprise that athletics are not the focal point of student life. These student athletes are first and foremost students, but athletes who wanted a standout education along with continuing their athletic success. Dickinson, historically, has above average athletic teams and specific games throughout the seasons are attended by students. There is school spirit, but that spirit is not surrounding the athletic performances. Dickinson has recently upgraded all the athletic facilities and they are fantastic.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: After completing my second year at Dickinson College, I can confidently rate it as a great school. The feeling when walking onto campus is that of happiness and inclusion. Dickinson College is a space where everyone can find their niche and have a successful academic career. After declaring a major, there is a sense of contentedness with the other students in the major and professors; a setting where relationships are formed easily and relationships that last. At all schools, it is imperative to step outside your comfort zone and be true to yourself, and that stands true at Dickinson too. There are a plethora of clubs and organizations that are begging you to join, you just have to make the conscience effort to let go of high school stigmas and join! I am very happy with my choice and, if I could have a do over, I would choose Dickinson with no hesitation.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dickinson is a great place for some people. With that being said it is defiantly not for everyone. For a "liberal" school I found many corners of campus to not be as inclusive or open minded as I anticipated. I also found that the student body didn't always feel very intellectually or academically inclined. Because the school is both small and isolated the social scene can feel smothering- I would not say there are cliques but many of the students seem hyper concerned with their social image and who they are spending time with, making it feel very much like high school. The town of Carlisle doesn't serve too much as an escape from the social scene (it is very small). I have enjoyed my classes, and many of the professors I have had have been every helpful and accessible. However, the campus vibe has not been what I had hoped for, and I found some departments to be limited (in courses etc.). My biggest advice for anyone considering Dickinson is to think very carefully about it and to understand how isolated the school is and the diversity and open mindedness that is advertised seem to be lacking.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body doesn't feel very open minded

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dickinson is a great place for some people. With that being said it is defiantly not for everyone. For a "liberal" school I found many corners of campus to not be as inclusive and open minded as I anticipated. I also found that the student body didn't always feel very intellectually or academically inclined outside the classroom. Because the school is both small and isolated the social scene can feel smothering- I would not say there are cliques but many of the students seem concerned with their social image and who they are spending time with, making it feel sometimes like high-school. The Town of Carlisle doesn't really serve as an escape from the social scene (it is very small). I have enjoyed y classes, and many of the professor I have had have been very helpful and accessible. However, the campus vibe has not been what I hoped for, and I found some departments to be a little limited (in courses etc.). My biggest advice for anyone considering Dickinson's to think very carefully about it and to understand how isolated the school can feel and that the diversity and mindedness that is advertised seems lacking.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great school. I love it here! Wouldn't change anything.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of opportunities if you seek them out.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's definitely not a party school but some nights are really fun. The typical Dickinson friday/saturday night starts out by pre-gaming in a friends dorm and then heading to a house party at an off-campus house or apartment. There aren't any clubs in Carlisle and I've never been to the bars but from what I've heard they are fun.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Every Friday and Saturday there are parties that are very easy to find/ get into. But if you are on a sports team, frat, or socially relevant club then it will be much easier to get into parties. Sometimes there are parties during the week but you have to know people. It gets better as you get older.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love the academics. Class sizes are very small and the professors are amazing. There are many interesting classes and academic facilities are top notch. There is a brand new science center, Rector, which is beautiful. The library is my favorite place on campus and is a great place to study. The language department is amazing. I have formed great relationships with all my professors and I love going to class. The registration process is also very easy and not cutthroat like it is at other schools.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's pretty white and can seem very homogenous at times. However, there is a significant amount of diversity and many great and interesting people. Once you look past all the L.L bean boots and vineyard vines, you will find great, interesting, and unique people. Don't be put off by first impressions.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most students drink but there is a significant amount of people who don't; and nobody really cares if you do or not. It will only affect your social life if you let it. Drugs are there if you pursue them. The most popular drug is weed but nobody is going to force you to do anything. If you pursue drugs, the drug scene will seem fairly big but if you don't pursue it, it will be barely noticeable. Study drugs are also really common. Cocaine and LSD can be found if you really want them.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have been sexually assaulted and one of my friends has been raped. It is definitely a problem on campus but there are a lot of passionate people working to change that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, you can either live on Morgan Field (Adams or Drayer) or in the Quads (Baird, DW, Cooper, Armstrong, etc.). Morgan Field is the best option because the dorms have been recently renovated and have very nice common rooms. Morgan Field is also the most beautiful place on campus and is a great place to play frisbee, lacrosse, or just chill. I live in Adams, which has the best bathrooms. They are brand new and beautiful. On the other hand, the quads aren't as nice. Baird and DW are the best options in the quads and are actually pretty nice. The positives to living in the quads is that you are closer to everything and generally speaking the rooms are bigger than on Morgan Field. However, some dorms (like Atwater, which is commonly referred to as Shatwater) are in desperate need of renovation. Another positive to living in the Quads is that there is a greater sense of community and it is very social.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Rush is during sophomore year, which is nice. Greek life is there if you want it but there is no pressure to join.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of student are involved in athletics and some teams are pretty good. The better teams have better fan turn out at games. For example, not many people go to football games because they aren't very good but basketball games usually receive a good turnout and are lively. Dickinson is a small division III liberal arts school so don't expect the kind of school spirit that can be found at a division I school, but for a small school we are pretty spirited.The sports facilities are really good. I don't play any sports but I know theres a brand new athletic training center. The Kline center was also just redone and is a really great place to work out. There is also a rock-climbing wall that anyone can use.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I just finished my first semester at Dickinson and I have no complaints. The class sizes are very small and you form personal relationships with your professors. The professors are the best thing about Dickinson. They are passionate and put a lot of effort into their jobs. The workload is manageable but still rewarding. The campus is really nice and feels integrated with the town. I have never felt unsafe on campus. The town of Carlisle is not very exciting but there are many different restaurants and shops. The bus system in Carlisle is kind of annoying and inconvenient but even though freshmen are not allowed to have cars, it is really easy to get an exception from the school. The social scene is what you make of it. If you get involved and find your niche, Dickinson will be a blast. However if you don't join any clubs or sports teams or greek life, it might be hard to make friends and have fun. I am really looking forward to studying abroad and Dickinson has one of the best study abroad programs in the country. Overall, Dickinson is a great school and I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a small liberal arts school.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Good accessibility to sports and sports involvement

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very pleased with my college experience thus far. Amazing classes, professors, and friends. Is predominately white.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have come across many professors from different disciplines who are great at their job.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had the opportunity to meet with many alumni and attend events with them and I would say that the Dickinson degree is valued.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Obviously the better housing is the off campus housing. But they have changed the lottery system quite alot.

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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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