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Dickinson College

About Dickinson College

  • Carlisle, PA
  • Small City
  • Four or more years
  • Private not-for-profit

Dickinson College

Dickinson College is a close-knit community of scholars and staff committed to working across disciplines and breaking down barriers as we educate young people to lead meaningful lives. The college is in the process of developing a new strategic plan, which features new opportunities and unique programs. One of the key initiatives currently underway is focused on building an even more inclusive community. 

While Dickinson has made great strides in diversity among its students, staff and faculty, building an environment that celebrates those different perspectives and encourages open communication is equally important. Intercultural and social justice work, as well as leadership development, are priorities for staff, students and faculty.

The first college chartered in the new America, Dickinson is one of the finest liberal-arts colleges in the United States. Established in 1783 as a new kind of college, one that would educate leaders for the emerging democracy, the founders believed that an education in the liberal arts and sciences was essential preparation to be an engaged and involved leader in this new country. That revolutionary idea, rooted in a spirit of innovation, remains at the core of the Dickinson education. Dickinson is a nationally recognized leader in global education, sustainability programming, inter- and trans-disciplinary scholarship and civically engaged learning.

A snapshot of the Dickinson community:

  • 2,300 undergraduate students
  • From 39 states and territories, including the District of Columbia
  • And 44 countries
  • 9:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 272 faculty members
  • 97 percent of tenure-line faculty have terminal degree
  • 597 full-time employees and 83 part-time employees

The college has strong partnerships with the U.S. Army War College and Penn State Dickinson Law, two other higher education institutions in Carlisle. Dickinson also maintains a visible presence in the community and collaborates with local and regional economic development organizations.

Shared governance is at the heart of the way the college operates. All campus constituencies have representatives who participate in decision-making through a comprehensive committee structure that covers everything from the budget to academic planning.

In addition, all staff and faculty enjoy a generous benefits package, including ample paid time off. The college also operates The Dickinson Children’s Center, which provides child care for children from six weeks to kindergarten age.

Dickinson’s 144-acre main campus is often described as one of the most beautiful in the country, with many buildings dating to colonial times. It is situated in the Carlisle region, which has been named one of the country's best places to raise a family by Forbes magazine and voted one of America’s “most livable cities.”

The area is also a nature-lover’s paradise. Hikers love to visit the nearby Appalachian Trail and King’s Gap Environmental Education Center, where miles of pristine hiking trails offer spectacular views. Cumberland County’s famed creeks and streams house an abundance of walleyes, trout, bass and

pickerels. And the 969-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park features a beach, camping areas and exceptional boating areas.





Diversity Profile: Dickinson College

Dickinson College is an intellectual and social community that values justice, free inquiry, diversity and equal opportunity. It is a fundamental policy of the college to respect pluralism and to promote inclusivity, civility and mutual understanding within its community. The college is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff and student body.

Inclusion at Dickinson means full engagement, in principle and practice, for all members of the community, each of whom brings a unique voice to Dickinson. Our definition of inclusion requires that we challenge traditional and emergent dynamics that shape and limit experiences on campus, in the United States, and in the world. Inclusion necessitates going beyond metrics of representational diversity to create an environment where everyone is empowered to ask questions, contribute ideas, challenge institutional assumptions and paradigms, and revise viewpoints.

A campuswide presidential initiative incorporates inclusivity, social justice work, intercultural competence and ethical reasoning. Our goal is to prepare every member of our community to communicate in diverse teams, and to live and work together respectfully.


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  • Director of Community Engagement

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Dickinson College Announcements

Hires and Promotions
  • Gary R. Kirk

    Founding executive director of the Center for Civic Learning & Action

    Date Announced: January 21, 2019
  • George H. Stroud

    Vice president for student life and dean of students

    Date Announced: June 13, 2018

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