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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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5 College Freshman

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

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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

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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

5 College Freshman

Academics: Workload can be challenging but rewarding

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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.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
227
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
61
Total FT Faculty
227
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$73,604
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Graduation Rate
85%
Programs/Majors Offered
41
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Rector/Tome
  • Underground
Tips to Succeed
  • Buy books online, it's a lot cheaper than in the Book Store.
  • Don't skip classes. Professors notice.
  • Get involved. The people you'll meet in clubs and organizations are the ones you will see around campus on a daily basis.
  • Go to office hours and develop relationships with your professors, they can be a huge asset to your academic success.
  • Learn how to write. Writing is a big component of academics at Dickinson, and the faster you learn how to give a clear, concise argument in a paper, the better.
  • Participate in class discussion. Class participation is often worth 10 percent of your final grade in any given class.
  • Stay at school on the weekends. Getting into the habit of going home at the end of the week will make you miss a lot socially, and you'll start to feel left out of everything.
Did You Know?
  • Dickinson runs 35 international programs in 25 countries on six continents. These include learning centers in Cameroon, China, England, France, Italy, Germany, India, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Spain. Dickinson has a study abroad rate of over 65%, with the majority of students spending a whole year overseas.
  • In 2004, Dickinson was ranked 8th nationally for study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education, in addition to being number one in Pennsylvania and the Northeast. Over one third of students go abroad for a full year, and 65% are science majors, compared the national average of 13%. Also, more Dickinson students study in Africa than most schools, with approximately 10% of abroad students studying in Cameroon, West Africa.
  • In 2003, NAFSA: Association of International Educators selected Dickinson as one of six schools in the country that has best internationalized its campus.
  • Dickinson was the first college chartered in the United States after the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783.
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush, the college's founder, signed the Declaration of Independence, while John Dickinson, the college's namesake, was a signer of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Three members of the U.S. Congress are Dickinson alumni: James Greenwood, Bill Shuster, and Jim Gerlach.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 15 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% This was my dream school.
  • 80% This was one of my top choices.
  • 20% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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