Dickinson is a nationally recognized liberal-arts college chartered in 1783 in Carlisle, Pa. The highly selective college is home to 2,400 students from across the nation and around the world. Defining characteristics of a Dickinson education include a focus on global education― at home and abroad and study of the environment and sustainability, which is integrated into the curriculum and the campus.
As a national leader, Dickinson offers more than 100 sustainability courses, integrated throughout the curriculum and across every major. Students prepare by studying sustainability in the classroom and abroad, conducting research, advancing campus greening efforts, practicing sustainable living skills, working in internships and serving communities. Using the campus as a living laboratory, students gain hands-on experience addressing and solving sustainability issues through initiatives such as the student-introduced Idea Fund, the Center for Sustainable Living, LEED Gold buildings, an organic farm, water monitoring, recycling and composting programs and renewable energy efforts. Dickinson also presents its own coveted award for environmental leadership. The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, which was established to focus attention on the need to reduce the impact of human lives on the planet. Dickinson's innovative curriculum and its leadership in sustainable campus operations consistently earn it national recognition from Sierra magazine, the Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Sustainable Endowments Institute and Second Nature.
For more than 50 years, Dickinson has operated its own global study and research centers. These centers immerse students in the study of foreign language and help foster a deeper understanding of the political, social, cultural, and economic histories of the countries and regions where they are located. Acting as a worldwide network of living laboratories, students can trace the causes and consequences of global forces, examine differing policy responses to global change and assess and learn from successes and failures. Dickinson faculty are intimately involved in all aspects of study abroad, from academic advising to directing and/or teaching at our global centers. This approach allows Dickinson to guarantee the quality of the abroad experience and ensure that it integrates with the academic program at home. It also has made Dickinson one of the most respected colleges in the world in the development of study abroad programs, as our numerous awards for excellence in this area attest.
Dickinson challenges its students to think differently and act big as it educates students through the arts and sciences to be decisive, useful, curious and unafraid to engage the world and prepared for careers in the 21st century. www.dickinson.edu