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Reviews 445 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed school so far. There are many opertunities to participate in activities. Also, people are really friendly and there are multiple people you meet right away who can help you with anything you need.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Dickinson makes you feel at home from the very beginning of your college career.

6 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I would choose the same school again if I had to, mainly because I like the location and the view of the campus during the seasonal changes. It doesn't matter how stressed you are, the weather and the campus views outside will always cheer you up! The good feelings you get from the outdoors is only a fraction of great things about my college. Another most important point to highlight is the faculty. They are always available to help and they really dedicate their time well for the student.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dickinson College is a great experience. Everyone is super friendly and it's easy to become friends with the faculty and staff. It's large enough that there are great opportunities, but it's small enough that you know a good amount of the people and you have a personal relationship with them. Greek life isn't huge on campus, which makes it easy for everyone to get involved with something. Often school can be like a big family and everyone looks after each other.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dormitories on campus are converted fraternity halls from the early years of Dickinson. Rooms are very small do not plan on spending a lot of time there. Best place to live as a first-year is Drayer Hall, one of the newer dorms. Half the first-year class lives in this large building which adds to the social atmosphere. Most other dorms are very small and only house roughly 25 people. Pricing is through the roof, the school does not allow anyone to live off campus until senior year. If you try to live off campus the school requires you to pay for standard room and board as well as off campus housing. The housing system is a lottery system, in which students are given completely random times. However, it is easy to cheat the system and move up spaces by switching time slots with other students. Most dorms are fairly close to all classes with the longest walk being about 10 to 15 minutes. Dickinson Public Safety controls the area and are fairly strict with their policies. Many students do not approve of this as they always seem to excessively crack down on people and get them in trouble for the slightest of things.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is almost irrelevant.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are decent at the school. Great facilities especially Biddle Field and the Durden. Not many fans come and support teams unless it is a big rivalry game or a theme day.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very hard to get off-campus housing. Even if you do get off-campus you must pay for on-campus as well, making it completely not worth the money.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most good parties are off campus away from DPS. Mainly sports teams have parties.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not many restaurants to chose from. Mesino's gets old very quickly. Most restaurants are rather expensive and do not have student discounts.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Dickinson has its own public safety which breaks up most parties. Students do not get along with DPS as they always seem to be excessive in their actions and almost always result in students getting in trouble. The parties that do not get broken up by DPS are off campus and end up getting broken up by the Carlisle Police Department which results in even more trouble. It seems there is an everlasting struggle between students and DPS.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dickinson serves typical cafeteria food, the food is neither great nor bad. However, it does seem to be repetitive as they cycle the same menus every two weeks. The Snar is the best option for students as it gives them a variety of choices and is straight of the grill. Many people do not use all of the any-20 swipes per week it would probably be best to use flex dollars instead of wasting swipes.

5 College Freshman

Academics: My major has prepared me for life after college. The advisors help a great deal.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Dickinson is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, the academics here are great and the professors are even better. Professors are engaging, smart and for the most part, teach well. Professors are available and willing to meet with you after class. There are a wide variety of majors to choose from at Dickinson, most of the programs are very strong.

Internships during school and jobs after graduation is what is also great about Dickinson. The alumni network is strong and growing stronger

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I like that there are so many options available for dinner, I just wish there were more late night options and student discounts.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are looking for parties, you can definitely find them. Sports teams and club sports have a lot of parties and they are inclusive even if you aren't on the team.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: The administrators I have come in contact with are all pretty helpful and enjoy working with college students.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was not expecting to get as much financial aid. I have an incredible package and I'm so grateful!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's pretty good. There are a wide variety of meal choices. I like that I can switch it up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in a Freshman dorm, and it could use some work. It's really close to class, and I love the people on my floor.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many preppy, upper-class students whom hail from New England. I found the student body as a whole to be very bland, uninteresting and somewhat arrogant.

The student body is the biggest issue of the college, it's homogenous. There needs to be a culture change in Dickinson, as many students complain about one another.

As far as looks go, it's an attractive campus. People will dress up for class and parties. It's possible to find some great people here, but you need to know where to look.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The caf is packed at peak hours, the food is mediocre at best and it's a hit or miss on any given day. There are a variety of options, but it gets monotonous pretty quickly.

The snar is not so good, the line usually moves slow and the food is just edible.

The quarry offers much better options, but not many.

Overall, the food is like most colleges. It's not moms home cooking, and it goes through you pretty quick. Many upperclassmen will cook at their of campus houses and get on a flex plan.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not much school spirit. Students will show for the basketball games, that's pretty much it. The facilities overall are well kept are nice.

The new Kline center is awesome, plenty of space and machines to workout, defiantly gives the college a bigger appeal to athletes and other students looking for a quality gym.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are good, more intelligent than intellectual though. Sometimes has high school academic vibes. Classes are good, professors genuinely care and office hours are easy to attend. Not a huge variety of courses

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is mixed, some buildings are modern and green while others need work


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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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